(Took a chance seeing who's post this third one was, hoping that since mine wasn't a political JE it might not be toxic.)
I ask you to make fewer assumptions in the future based on the author's name alone.
As I had been wondering that if this person was trying to get in, why not really try and get in, so thanks for posting this as a possible explanation.
You're welcome. I have heard of it happening more than once at universities; in research labs, offices, libraries, even in dorms.
Still uncomfortably brazen of this person.
I agree. Some people are quite bold.
I suppose with the blinds flapping so wildly, this person could've looked in and saw the back of someone sitting in a recliner and could've decided to take the chance that I had fallen asleep and that maybe it was potentially a grab-and-go opportunity.
I can't speak for them or their motivations. Indeed they could have been after something else entirely or it could have been someone who thought they were at a different door. I will speculate though from what I have read of grab 'n dash crimes previously that they likely didn't think real hard on it; I'd be surprised if they even looked in the window. If they had heard your TV they may have even thought there were a number of people there (party) and that it would be that much easier to walk in, grab something, and walk back out.
I would say think pickpocket, not mugger / murderer.
And I would never defend property with a firearm
If you're near the door, and they come in and you shoot before you wait to see if they are armed, I would say you were defending your property more than your life. Now granted some would say that if you wait you are foolish, and gambling with your life or whatnot. Generally the pizza guy knocks, and people seeking help say so from the door (rather than coming through it first), but it could just be someone at the wrong door with no malicious intent.
Personally I would expect that if you just yelled at the person at the door - just a loud "HEY WHO (with or without expletive inserted here) ARE YOU" - they would probably turn tail and run without even pushing the door open.