I’m thinking about getting a security system. ADT has an installation special going on for only $99 and it’s less than $40 per month for their basic package, which really would be sufficient for my needs. And I’m going to shut off Dish so it won’t be adding to household expenses. It has a couple door sensors and a motion sensor and all I really think I need is the reassurance that no one has broken in upstairs in the middle of the night when I start hearing the completely normal sounds of the house settling, of raccoons running down the deck, or the cats jumping up and down off of stuff.
In the light of day, it seems silly. No one in their right mind is going to break into a house that is obviously being lived in. And a house that isn’t fancy enough to make you think it has anything worth stealing – which as far as traditional robbery goes, it doesn’t. I’m never worried about anyone breaking in downstairs. Hell, I don’t always remember to lock the doors down here – which is kind of stupid considering this is a resort area and my particular street has only one or two houses that are occupied year round besides this one. Used to be, at least, that you heard about summer or weekend people getting burgled.
But at 2 o’clock in the morning when I hear those noises, it keeps me awake, listening. One thump is not the same as footsteps. I could hear footsteps if that’s what they were. But I’m thinking that the door sensors will be the equivalent of the big dog that would help me let go of the listening. That was one of the nice things about having a big dog. Fred would definitely have eaten anyone trying to get in the house and I never, never had those middle of the night fears with him there.
In the middle of the night, I think I’m going to call ADT tomorrow. In the morning, I think it’s a little silly. And today is supposed to be landscape day – we’ll see if this one follows through.