This afternoon, while they were at school and work, the neighbor’s house across the street was burglarized. I even came home early wand was out mowing the grass. If they did it during that time, I probably wouldn’t even have noticed. So much coming and going happens at all my neighbors houses that I just block it out. They could have been carrying out a 60 inch tv and I would not have noticed or cared.
I’ve always considered the possibility that my house would be burglarized. They would almost be doing me a favor. All my theft-worthy stuff is old and cheap to replace. Insurance would cover it easily. I don’t have anything that has sentimental value either. All my documents and pictures are on my computer and are backed up bi-annually to an external hard drive I keep at work. No problem if they steal my computer. I also have pictures of all my semi-valuable stuff for insurance purposes. I won’t be devastated if it ever happens. Freaked, but not devastated.
After hearing about the neighbor’s burglary, I decided to test my alarm system. I turn it on and off when I come and go but seldom test it. It has an outside siren and an inside siren that is REALLY loud. It also flashes the lights and plays a recording of a large dog barking. I seriously doubt that anyone who bothered to try to steal my stuff would hang around very long. I plan on perhaps adding a circuit to email me when the alarm goes off. It would pop up instantly on my iPhone. Not that I could get home in time but at least I would not come home and be totally surprised.