We didn't worry a lot about security. We're in the middle of painting and it wouldn't be a stretch to say that our house is one of the ugliest on the block.
Yesterday I walked in on a burglar - in the middle of the afternoon. My front door was locked and everything seemed normal. However, my bedroom door was closed and the light was on. Weird. So of course I opened the door - like a complete idiot!- and in three seconds tried to rationalize how the cat could have pulled everything from the linen cabinets, removed the tv from the table. pulled the cable box out of th wall and then closed the door behind him.
Then I heard something - I don't have a clear view of the whole room from the bedroom door because we have a bathroom off to the side and a short hallway- I ran like hell out the front door grabbing the halon extinguisher (my husband is the fire guy) and slamming the door. I unclipped the tab on the extinguisher and decided I would go back in.
Yeah, really- what the hell was I thinking? That little voice inside my head said "an extinguisher is no match for a gun, jackass!" and I called the police instead.
They entered through my bedroom arcadia door and exited..never making it to the main part of the house. Thank God!One laptop, nano, shuffle and a flat panel tv - in exchange for his/her binoculars (that he left outside my bedroom door- creeeeeepy
) and possibly his/her...fingerprints.
We live in a reasonably safe neighborhood, no alleys..lots of people have dogs. I have dogs - big ones that I barricade in different area (not anymore).
I thought because the house looked like crap we were fairly safe.
I think everyone has heard all the tips on keeping your house safe, locks on the windows, sticks in the doors, etc. I just want everyone to hear it one more time.
For months I thought about getting a safe, doing other little things to secure the house but for some reason didn't.
So if you haven't and you're thinking about it, DO IT!
Imagine that you've been burglarized and then do whatever it takes to prevent it from happening again.
We were SO lucky to have such a minimal loss and that no one was hurt.
Okay so that's all..if you see a silver dell inspiron, an orange shuffle and a blue nano- They're mine! The flat panel tv was a piece of crap.