My cell phone rang this afternoon as I drove to a press conference – unknown number.
“Hi, this is Brinks Security.”
That wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
The motion detector on my home alarm is going off. Do I want Brinks to send the police? Yes, please.
My husband and I already have had a few problems with the house we bought a few months ago – a burst faucet, flooding from rising rainwater, an air conditioner that needed new parts. I really didn’t want to have to add a break-in to the list.
I focused on the press conference and told myself it was a good sign my phone didn’t buzz again, because the woman with Brinks told me that I wouldn’t get a call if everything was OK.
Still, I called back afterward to find out what happened. Turns out, a back door somehow swung open. The police secured it and left. That was a big relief.
To the Brinks people I spoke with and the officers from The Village who responded to the call, thank you. It’s nice to know that the security company and the police will take care of my house, even when I’m not around to know something might be wrong.
Because if the house is empty and the problem is ever more than a loose back door, I feel much better knowing that there’s still, in a way, a guard dog there with the teeth to do something about it.
Do you have a home security system? Has anything ever happened at your house that made you thankful you invested in it?
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Wendy K. Kleinman, Education Writer