Post # 1
My husband is in IT and once or twice a month he works a midnight – 6am shift so that they can run updates while the hospital isn’t busy. He also goes out of town for conferences 1-2 times per year. We live in a Baltimore suburb, it’s a nice-ish townhouse neighborhood mostly full of young couples like ourselves. Our next door neighbor is a police officer and we have lots of friends in the neighborhood. I feel pretty safe there but twice I’ve left my car unlocked and things have been taken during the night (iPod, GPS, etc). We’ve had the house for 3 years but we had roommates up until a month ago when we got married.
Last night my husband worked one of those night shifts and I was home alone for the first time (since the roomie moved out). I was fine while I was awake, but when I tried to go to sleep I got really freaked out. The cats were making noise downstairs and we had just finished watching an episode of Law and Order SVU, so I was a little on edge. I locked the bedroom door and turned on the TV so that I wouldn’t be freaked out by the noises. Now I’m thinking about getting an alarm system. Am I being too paranoid? I know I watch WAY too many crime shows on TV and I think that makes me extra paranoid!!
Post # 3
I go through fazes. My bf and I don’t live together yet and I’ve lived alone for about 18 months in two different places. The first one had an alarm system and I loved it because it chirped whenever a door or window was opened. Also, it was a newer build with no basement or attic.
For the past year I’ve lived in a SUPER old duplex (like 100+ years) with an attic and a basement and no alarm. Most of the time I’m fine but I’ll admit I do get freaked out sometimes. Particularly bc old houses make a lot of random noises (like one time my attic door opened itself I’m thinking because my attic is not insulated and there was a draft or something?). More than once I have made my bf do a full house sweep when we get back from a trip to make sure there are no murderers hiding 🙂
We plan to buy a newer house next year and I cannot WAIT. I definitely want to get an alarm, it just makes me feel more safe.
Post # 4
BUAH HA HA. btw, i think the poll should include people in homes….apartments don’t really have “alarm systems” nor are they really necessary since you have people livign attached to you.
I am extra paranoid. And I will give you my costs, too, ladies. I paid $800 for a full-on Home Brinks Security System. Maybe $900….every single window in my house is wired for glass break and/or contact disruption.
I pay $31.99 a month to be tied into the police station. If/when my alarm goes off, they immediately call my home and check with me. If i don’t answer, they send the cops out. They show up in 2 minutes flat.
I get very “on edge” all the time. I live alone. I see the way men leer at me sometimes. It makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to be a victim. I watch lots of Law & Order, and I know those cases are rare, but I never want to be one. Not to mention, the security system makes my house insurance go down. It essentially pays itself off in a couple of years. I feel safe.
My neighborhood is full of people in their 50’s with grandchildren over all the time and a few police officers, too. I live on a coldesac, not even a main street. I do live in a very nice neighborhood, though, and I knwo that thugs can go “trolling” for houses and I don’t want to deal with coming home to a broken-in home, my cats gone missing (my cats are worth some money by the way…and i’d be devastated if someone stole one of them) or worse yet, dead, and anything i cherished missing or even trashed b/c they didn’t find what they wanted.
Ok that was long. Long story short, totally worth my sanity. I am protected 110% and can’t imagine it any other way.
Post # 5
I feel totally safe in my house! I spend most evenings alone as FI and I work opposite shifts!
I never really feel unsafe and have never even considered getting an alarm!
Post # 6
Omg .. don’t watch the crime shows when you’re home alone! Lol. =) It wouldn’t hurt to have an alarm. I’ve always had an alarm.
Post # 7
We live in the cool, younger part of town but on the outskirts, and so it’s a mix of young people and GHETTO people and old hippies. My next door neighbor is a pot dealer (well, per my old hippie neighbor who gossips- but she’s weird and sketchy and has SKETCHY visitors so I’d believe it) and so I’d prefer an alarm… just trying to afford it!!!
Oh the things we do to live in a fun part of town…
Post # 8
I live in an apartment building so an alarm really isn’t a choice. We live on the third floor of walk-up (meaning no elevator) so I figure if there was some sort of burglar, they wouldn’t run up three flights of stairs to get to me.
I get nervous about a few things though. We don’t have a doorman, so sometimes I get worried about someone following me into the building. However, we have a 24 deli downstairs so I like to think there wouldn’t be creepers lurking around.
Also, I live in an old tenement type building, so I get worried about leaving the window open to the fire escape because the fire escapes are connected somewhat. When I’m home alone, I don’t answer the buzzer unless I’m expecting someone, and I always keep the chain on when I get delivery (there have been a rash of “push-in” robberies in my neighborhood.
Post # 9
I live in a condo building downtown Chicago in a very safe neighborhood. When my husband is gone (about 4 weeks in July/August and 10 weekends August-December) I am very vigilant about locking the door at all times and being very aware of who is around when I take the dog out. If I am coming home late, I ask the cab driver to make sure I get in safely and give him a good tip. You never know what can happen but I always try to be as little a target as possible!
Post # 10
haha I should mention that I’m a total crime show junky. I have seen almost every episode of Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, CSI, CSI:NY, Criminal Minds (I could go on but I’m starting to sound like a total loser haha). I half expect to see a dead body every time I open a closed door. But I can’t help it… they’re so good!
Post # 11
I think if an alarm will make you feel safer, it’s a good idea and an investment in peace of mind.
Personally, I feel relatively safe at my house. I’m more concerned about break-in’s when I’m not there than when I am.
If something does happen at night and I think there’s an intruder, I have an ‘exit’ plan. Also, just a tip, but if you dial 911 from a land line (not a cell phone), it’s quicker for them to trace to your location.
Post # 12
I’ve been told that I will worry a lot less when I have a very large dog at home, lol. This is what my MIL says…and she has a big rottweiler. She says the dog hears EVERYTHING.
I love crime shows. Such a mind-screwing addiction =].
Post # 13
Our dogs are our security system. 🙂 Seriously, they bark at everything. For a while we lived out in the woods, and I felt uncomfortable alone by myself in that house. Now we live in a really established neighborhood, though, and I feel very safe by myself. I would like to get an alarm now, but it’s because we don’t have a doggie door. I’d like to know that the fire department would be notified immediately and my dogs will be rescued in the case of a fire. We’re in a high-fire danger zone, so this is a very real threat for us.
I think if you feel afraid while your Fi is gone, you should at least do some research on what systems are available and how much they cost. It can’t hurt to find out what’s available for you in your area.
Post # 14
I don’t always feel safe in my house but I have a comfort built up with my dogs always being with me. One of them is exceptionally alert and I know if I needed to be aware of something happening, she would alert me right away. Other than that, I always keep a cell phone by my bed at night whether DH is home with me or not.
Post # 15
oh and I love crime dramas too but make it a point to not watch them when the hubby is away 🙂
Post # 16
Thanks for the details ejs! I think I would feel safer in an apartment, but of course, the girl on the SVU I had just watched lived in an apartment and it didn’t help her!
@mshymanroth, I didn’t watch the episode alone, hubby and I watched it together before he went to work, which I admit was still not a great idea!!
I failed to mention that my FIL had extra stickers from the alarm company they use and he put them on our ground level windows and doors as a deterant.
Oh, and I did get hubby to walk around the house with me before he left for work. I wanted to check all the windows and doors and closets. He made fun of me the whole time!
I think I’ll be looking into getting an alarm system.