First house, three incidents:
The houses in our unit faced the parking lot, and in one corner was the dumpsters surrounded by a wooden fence. There was a trash fire that caught the fence.
A police officer lived across the play area from us. He spotted some guy trying to climb over the fence into our patio, and arrested him. The really weird thing was that we didn't really use the patio. We just let the dog go outside there to potty. The patio was filled with dog waste. From the size of the waste, it should have been obvious that we had a large dog. In fact she was a 75-lb weimaraner.
My Girl Scout troop was walking through the park beside our housing unit and our leader was held up at knife point and had her purse stolen.
College, in dorms
Late at night a friend and I decided to walk to the 7-11 about half a mile away. On the way back, we watch as someone comes running out of the diner across the street, jumps into a car and runs away. Another man comes out of the diner and starts firing after the car. I take cover behind the cars in the auto dealership we were passing. My stupid companion the film major is standing right there looking up and down the street for the cameras. It turns out the diner, being open 24 hours, is frequently robbed, and the owner keeps a gun under the counter.
A helicopter lifting a new A/C unit onto the top of a building in the early morning loses the broadcast antenna for the college radio station in the sun and hits it, shearing off the tips of the propeller. The pilot manages to safely autorotate into a street that is really only used for staff parking. Fortunately it was Saturday, and not many people were there. The copter broke its landing gear. They had to bring a crane and trailer in to haul it away. Fortunately it survived, and I saw it about 18 months later at an air show. However, the nearby buildings were all typical wood frame/chicken wire/stucco California construction, and pieces of the blade and pieces of the tree branches the helicopter hit on the way down scythed through the walls. I know at least one person found a piece of wood in her desk drawer. Fortunately in these dorm rooms, the desks stood between the beds and the windows, so no one was injured.
College, off campus apartment
My roommate arrived home and was prevented from entering the complex because someone was being searched for. When she was finally allowed in, she finds that I had gone to bed and left the door unlocked.
Last house in California
The neighbors next door were a source of continuing problems. They threw shoes from their window at ours and broke it. They threw eggs at my niece's car. We invited them over as guests (before we knew their issues) and they stole my tzedekah (charity) box. One day the police come over and want to look around our yard. We let them in. They are looking for someone from next door. They don't find him. They park down the street for a while, then leave. Almost immediately after they leave, the guy comes streaking through our backyard. He had been hiding underneath our weeping elm.
I had gone up to the local big box store mall to see my nephew, who worked there. I was coming out of the lot when I hear this furious BANG! The transformer near the street had blown up. Oil from the transformer started a fire in the grass, and the wire that ran over the street fell down.
These are just the big ones. Honestly I think I call 911 about six times a year. The last was just last weekend. I had been out of town visiting a friend and when driving home from the airport made the mistake of driving past the football stadium right as a game let out. As I'm merging from I-55 onto Lake Shore Drive, I spot a couple walking down the median between the merging freeway lanes! Maybe three weeks before that I saw a man wandering drunkenly through traffic on Michigan Avenue.
Then there was the time I spotted a guy walking down the carpool lane of the San Bernardino freeway; the time I stopped because a guy was pushing a lawn mower across the street and the motorcyclist behind me couldn't stop, skidded into a parked van, and took out its gas tank; the time someone was trying to break into my landlord's apartment; the time my neighbor's pool equipment shed caught fire; the time the car skidded into the power pole and took out power for the area; the time the car in front of me had its axle break going up Kellogg Hill....