(Closed) freaking out a little…(yup i’m paranoid)

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I know how you feel, we live in that same place.  Nice quiet neighborhood but right between the good and the getting bad. 

Keep your nose in the news and make sure your alarm is set.  All will be fine

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

a woman was brutally murdered about a mile from where I live. I know it’s not the same as the neighbor basically being broken into, but it’s creepy as hell!

I just figure an alarm system will scare bad guys away. And if they see the Brinks signs on your glass, porch, etc, why would they break in? Too many people leave their homes unlocked or unalarmed to the point they’d risk a well-protected home. A police officer advised i put my brinks alarm system right at eyeline on my glass slider door. It’s pretty obvious–can’t miss that sucker.

Also, i pay $32 a month to literally be wired into the police AND fire departments. I don’t think a home alarm does jack for you unless it’s actually wired in. Otherwise, the alarm can go off, and sure, a neighbor may call the cops, but not after waffling for a few minutes or waiting to see if it goes off (like if you accidentally set it off) and that takes longer than if you’re wired in. If you don’t turn the alarm off within 60 seconds, you get a phone call. You don’t answer with the secret code, cops are there in 2 minutes. It’s really reassuring.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Ok funny story about the whole alarm thing. I was working at a store that had an alarm. I was the manager of the store and would always have to turn the alarm off. You have about 45 seconds to walk to the back room to turn it off before it goes off. I would be at the store at like 5 in the morning sometimes. So half asleep… punching in codes. Not the best, so needless to say I have set the alarms off many times. One particular morning while the alarm is going off. I am trying to punch in the cancel button, (I am at different store subbing for a friend manager) I am freaking out. It costs a lot of money to accidently trip the alarm. So I am punching in all these numbers, and I can’t remember for the life of me the cancel code. The phone starts ringing it’s the police. Asking for the safe word, I can barely think because the alarms are going. So I am now a basket case… screaming in the phone. “Oh god just turn them off I can’t think.” And they won’t because they need the safe word. So I am trying to think and it suddenly hits me. “MANGO! MANGO! Oh for the love of god. Turn the fucking alarm off. MANGO!” They turn the alarm off and then ask me a bunch of questions to make sure I am in not any danger.

 

So the alarms really do work and they are very responsive.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

That sucks. 

We live in a townhouse, and last year, about a week after Fiance left for a month, I woke up to flashlights in my front yard.  I looked out the window and saw 5-6 police officers.

The next day I called the non-emergency number, and they told me a neighbor reported someone breaking in.  They found no evidence when they got there, but still….

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, we live in one of those in-between neighborhoods too. It’s frustrating, especially on the rare occasions when something really bad happens—we’ve had one mugging nearby, which was really scary, and one burglary of down the street (which was funny/scary—he’s this sweet old man who takes the collection at his church, and these kids from the church for some reason decided they’d break into his house and get the money after church—another neighbor across the street literally sat and watched them loudly try to break into the front door with crow bars in the middle of the afternoon as he described them each to the police….the cops got there and nabbed them all, but really, how stupid can you be?!?) It is true that bad things happen, though, especially in transitional neighborhoods and especially in difficult economic times. We have a dog, an alarm, and really awesome neighbors, and fortunately we haven’t been personally affected by crime.

The weirdest thing was the second month we lived here, though, when I woke up to all this noise, and went to look out our front window—there were four motorcycle cops all parked on the sidewalk in front of our house! I remember calling Fiance over and having a meltdown about how we must have moved into a drug zone or something (we literally moved six blocks from our old apartment, so it’s not like we didn’t know the neighborhood—but I was still panicking!)

Then we watched for a while, and realized it was a crosswalk sting—this guy was walking back and forth in the crosswalk on the street we live off of with a coffee cup in hand, and every time a car didn’t stop for him, one of the cops would rev up his bike and whip around the corner to ticket them. I guess our house was the closest they could be without being visible to the drivers…it was pretty funny once we realized what was going on, but definitely nerve-wracking!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Yikes.  I live in a condo in Atlanta.  There was a kidnapper that had a standoff with the cops in the parking lot of my condo (I could literally look out my window and see this all going down).  The SWAT came out and detonated (safely somehow) a bomb he had in his car but the guy had already shot himself.  I live in a good neighborhood, but it’s Atlanta, so there’s a fair mix of crazies.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This is just a story to let you know it could always be worse:

About 6 months before I moved to a new city (FH had already moved, and I was going to join him later), I was minding my own business, watching Grey’s Anatomy, dancing around the house, making myself some dinner, when my Dad calls sounding worried and asking me if I am okay. I said yes, and asked why he was so concerned. 

Turns out he drive by the house, and the road on one side of my house, and 1/2 my yard was police taped off (I lived on a corner lot). I went outside to see what was happening, and apparently a drug deal went wrong, the buyer shot the dealer who stumbled to my yard and lost consciousness under my trees.

This all went down on the far side of the house from where I was and I didn’t hear a thing – not a gunshot, not the sirens – nada!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

OH crap, not the alarm system–i didn’t mean to put THAT at eye level. I meant to put the Brinks STICKER at eye level. You want you actual pad to be hidden, LOL…

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

I live in one of those in-between places too. A few years ago, they found a man stuffed under a bench in the park down the road. Creepy. There have been incidents of drugs, police chases and even prostitutes/brothels too.

I agree. Just make sure your home is locked up securely and keep your eyes open.

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