Anyone else have irrational fears of their houses being robbed?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Yep I get this – but that might also be because someone tried to break into our flat a few weeks ago so I’m a bit paranoid about every little noise now! Even though the street I live on is pretty quiet generally!

Post # 4
2657 posts
Sugar bee

I get this too.  Except I get worried when my dog starts barking at night because I’m wondering what it is that she’s barking at.  Usually it’s just a squirrel.

Post # 5
12900 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Not until we were actually broken into.


Post # 6
1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Definitely! It was so bad one night that my mom and step dad had to come over and look around. My SO and I both work nights, but he works 8 hour shifts, so 5 days a week, and I work 12 hour shifts, so 3 days a week. Anytime I’m home alone I hear noises constantly.

Post # 7
9037 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a scary bad dream last night about this very thing, although we’ve never been broken into.  Had an attempt several months ago, though.

Post # 8
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

It’s not irrational when it’s already happened. We were burgled on 3/22 and I haven’t felt completely safe in the house since that point. We’ve added security lights, a fence and new windows (they broke a window to get into the house), but we haven’t gotten a security system yet because my fiance is convinced we don’t need one. I’ve added the system I want to our registry in the hopes that someone will buy it, and if no one does, I’ll buy it after the wedding.


They broke in before 9 on a Friday and stole our laptops, my DSLR, three gaming systems, my Nook, a couple of backpacks, some food and some drinks from the fridge. I had the dogs with me because my fiance was going to be out late, so I figured I’d spend the entire day with my parents because my mom had just had brain surgery. I was at their house later than I wanted to be because my mom’s incision had become infected and I needed to do wound care on it (I’m a nurse). It was a devastating thing to come home to, especially because they were still in the house when I pulled into the driveway.

ETA: Also, we live in a very quiet neighborhood and there have been no break-ins on our street or any of the immediately surrounding streets in at least the last 15 years, so ‘quiet neighborhood’ doesn’t necessarily mean squat.

Post # 9
11391 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

No. But I do have an irrational fear of a house fire, which I guess is similar. Specifically my fear is that it happens when we aren’t home and no one calls the fire department until it is too late to save our pets 🙁 

Post # 10
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Pear85:  No, but growing up I used to have a really big fear of someone breaking in and attacking me in the shower. Thank you, Psycho.

Post # 11
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Pear85:  That’s actually the reason I’ll never live in a house.

Well part of the reason, I actually really, really like glass towers for living in.

Post # 12
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No, I don’t ever think about it. We live in a very safe neighborhood (to me – which is less than a ten burglaries in the last 5 years) and we have two loud dogs.

We had a very unfortunate incident this year in our neighborhood in which a family thought that their home was being robbed but it was actually a very drunk neighbor who lived two doors down, fumbling around on their porch, opening their (unlocked) front door. He was completely disoriented and the police shot and killed him. Horrible. 

We lived in a less-safe place for two years and we never had any problems until we went away for six weeks. THEN the place got broken into. I just checked the crime stats from our old address and in the last 24 HOURS there have been 11 incidents (thefts, assaults, etc.) Despite this, I didn’t have any problems sleeping alone, nor did I worry often. I would run home from the subway station at night, just be safe though.

My parents home (in another state) was robbed while they were at work because they left a window open. My ILs were robbed in the same way, through an open back door. I think a robber would have to be pretty stupid/crazy to attempt to rob a place that was occupied at the time, so I really don’t worry about it.

Post # 13
422 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

this is a constant fear of mine, especially after a friend of mine had her apartment robbed not long ago. and a coworker caught an intruder in the middle of the night by seeing his flashlight. I always hear noises and think for sure someone has gotten in 🙁

Post # 14
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014


When we get a house, we plan on installing a all-entry points security system. FI’s friend has one, it talks and is very annoying.
But small price to pay for some peace of mind.

@remijp:  Oh, that’s horrible!!

Post # 15
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Absolutely. Our apartment is on the ground floor of the building and our windows are ground level and we live right by a VERY busy street. O______O; We have an alarm system but I’m always afraid anyway.

Post # 16
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

I only worry about it when we’re not home (travelling). We do have a security cam we can check from anywhere, so that helps alleviate that stress. Of course we put away the “goodies” in the bank before travelling, but to have intruders in the home would be so violating.

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