Keep a Clean House

Last summer there were some break-ins in the neighborhood so I called ADT Home Security and had an alarm system put in.  The first couple of weeks I kept forgetting about it and setting it off myself (man, is it loud!).  About 1:10 pm on a Wednesday, I received a call from ADT reporting that the front door alarm was compromised.  They asked me how I wanted to handle it.

I wasn’t prepared for this question.  I assumed they would automatically send the police.  What the heck could I do from work?  Even if I could make it home quickly, I didn’t want to surprise a burglar.  I said, “Well, I am at work and by the time I get home the burglars will probably be done.”  She said, “Do you want me to dispatch the police?”  I said “I guess I could call a neighbor, but you probably should call the police instead.”

After I hung up with her, I did call my next-door neighbor and told her about the alarm and asked if there were any strange vehicles in my driveway.  She said no.  I told her I might not have latched the door securely and the wind might have blown it open, “Is it windy out today?”  My neighbor replied “No, not really.”  She did walk over to look and said my door was open “but, I’m not going in there.”  I told her I totally understood and the police were on the way.

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