Was talking to a guy on Friday who had been burgled recently. He was telling us how he, his wife and daughters had been in the house at the time and how the thievess
s had bashed their dog to keep it quiet, taken the keys to his and his wife’s cars, loaded them with their goods and driven off… all without then hearing a thing.
A neighbour *had* seen them leave and had chased them in *his* car but lost them near the local McDonald’s. The police had arrived quickly but the thieves had vanished. The cars were found abandoned and stripped in Mt. Druitt a 20 minute drive away down the new motorway link.
This was bad enough, but nothing that unusual really, but then he told us that *twenty* other houses had been robbed over the previous weeks in much the same way in the same few streets.
The area he lives is Bella Vista, a quite affluent area with expensive houses. All had dogs, all had alarm systems… and all ignored their dogs barks, and all had neglected to turn the alarms on at night!
We have learned our lesson… learning a lot lately… and have started turning the system on at night. It isn’t foolproof of course, but at the least the alarms should go off if someone enters the house, scaring them, alerting the neighbours and giving us a chance to respond (call the police, arm ourselves etc.).
Arming the alarm isn’t hard. We have a keypad outside our bedroom door and all we have to do is tap the code in before I walk into the bedroom… not rocket science. We just never used it.
Over the years we’ve occasionally heard of people being burgled around us so I’m not sure why this particular incident should have pushed into action, but it did. Maybe it was the ‘immediacy’ of having him talk to us. Maybe his security arrangements sounded too much like ours. Maybe I’d realised how blase we’d become over the years… no idea. But from now on the dogs are going to find me responding when they bark and the alarms are going to remain *on* whilst we sleep!
I really don’t want armed thugs wandering around the house robbing us whilst we sleep thanks.
And with that, I’m going back to bed. 😀