The doorbell rings, waking you from a sound sleep. You jump out of bed, grabbing your pistol off the nightstand.
At the front door stands a police officer, who tells you that a neighbor called in a report of a suspicious vehicle on your street. And that your cars look like they’ve been rifled through.
You pull on your shoes and head outside to your driveway and sure enough, it’s clear that both of your cars have been robbed.
You tally up the missing items, and fill out a police report. Thankfully, you’re not in the habit of keeping much in the way of valuables in the car. But what was stolen will still require time and effort to replace.
You bid the officer farewell, wishing him a safe evening. You and your wife head back up to bed, but sleep comes slowly.
Welcome to our Friday night.
Last Friday that happened to us. Somewhat disturbing since we live in what is normally a very safe neighborhood, a bit upscale even. Maybe that’s why they were around.
Our next door neighbor called the police, who arrived two minutes after the crooks left. Our culdesac has four or five houses on it, and one other house got hit. Unfortunately for them, this was the second time in a few months.
Not the worlds biggest emergency, but certainly one that will affect us for a while.
So what did we do right?
We don’t keep much in the way of valuables in the car. They got a GPS, one of the kids’ school backpacks, a few other minor items, and some change.
We reacted reasonably well to the doorbell, though some improvement could be made.
So what went wrong?
A day or two earlier I noticed that the batteries to the bedside gun safe were failing. When that happens, the electronic lock gets dicy. I was too busy to change it, and lost a few minutes to grabbing the key and using it to unlock the safe in the dark. Ok in this situation, not ok if someone was coming in instead of waiting for us.
We’re not sure if the garage door opener remotes were in the cars or not. We don’t use the garage for our vehicles, but we don’t know offhand if the openers were in there or not.
We didn’t know that someone was in our driveway. Even though the neighbor had had his car broken into a few months earlier.
What are we going to fix?
The garage door issue raised a gap we hadn’t thought about. For now we’re keeping the openers unplugged, but we’re going to put them onto their own switched circuit. Since we don’t use the garage for our vehicles, this won’t be a problem from a usability perspective.
Our driveway is somewhat isolated, and is a ‘choke point’ of sorts. This means that we can effectively put detection methods there and everyone who comes in will trigger it, unless they try really hard. So we’re going to figureout what the best solution is and implement it. Goal is to know whenever someone enters the driveway.
Similarly, from an overall security perspective, we need to beef up our alerting on our other perimeter areas, gates, etc. Not going to go into too much detail there, but it is what it is.
We’re shifting our mindset a bit, killing some of the sense of complacency that we’ve fallen into with our current location. While I don’t want to live in a high crime area, it’s way too easy to get too comfortable in a relatively low crime area.
There’s half a dozen other minor things, but I wanted to share all of this with you.
Have a good week, folks. Hopefully ours will be good!