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Posted: 9/7/2003 10:53:24 AM EDT
I recently moved to a new house. I installed a home security system about 3 weeks ago. 3 nights ago I went to bed about 4 am after checking (So I thought!) all the doors. At about 5 am one of my sons came to my room and said that the Police were here. I got dressed and went down the hallway to his room where there were two sheriff dep. They asked me if I had heard my alarm go off. I had not. They asked me if I had heard them ring the door bell 6-7 times. I had not. Turns out they had gotten called by the alarm compnay and had responded to the house. They then tried the number on the stickers on the window. I found out later that they were the wrong number for the alarm company. They had gotten a new one. The two dep. came in the open door and did a search of the 1st floor, then the basement and had then gone upstairs, where they came to my son's room. I have since had another "horn" instsalled outside the mastere bedroom. The dog proved to be a worthless mutt as well. She did not even know the men were in the house!
Lessons learned: 1) Check doors carefully. 2)Make sure that the alarm is loud enough to wake you from a deep sleep. 3) Make sure the @#$#@! alarm company has the correct # on the window stickers. 4) Make sure the alarm company calls the primary # 1st. I would have heasrd the phopne ring in the bedroom! I used this as a learning experience and fixed the problems. Others may not have the police come in first. BTW seeing two large men in my house at 5am, that I knew nothing about, shocked the hell out of me. I also switch from my Glock 17 to my G22 as my nightstand weapon. All of a sudden 9mm just did not seem enough.
Stay safe all!!
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 6:04:52 AM EDT
A friend in a less desirable neighborhood found out he was paying for a security service for 7 months and the company had no record on him being a customer.
Maybe just the window stickers saved him, who knows?
He was lucky.
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 6:34:46 AM EDT
Never sign up with an alarm company that solicits you...
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 11:00:43 AM EDT
I would change alarm company's!!! They should have sent out new info immediately after changing numbers! Also it is a good idea to test your alarm every couple of months to see if it patches through to the alarm company!
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