(Closed) Terrified of What Could Happen

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I sleep alone regularly because of my husband’s job.  We have ADT, which I turn on religiously.  And I may or may not also have weapons I sleep with in my room.  ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

LOL…. seriously. This was me when Fiance was deployed…. you are gonne get a great nights sleep after this advice…. booby trap like there is no tomorrow. Seriously. Here was what my house consisted of: Bells (christmas) on the front door, a tilted change bucket on the back door that if was opened at least 4 inches, it would tilt over and wake up anything sleeping. A mini ironing board (a piece of wood will do) for the back sliding door to basically lock it even if an intruder pops the lock, bells on the windows so if it is slid open you can hear it, and last but not least, a stand up circulating fan (also, an air purifier will do) tied to the side door with a shoes string  so if they open it, the fan would fall. Insane?? Hell yes…peaceful sleep..YEP!!

Oh, I would also lock my bedroom door and put bells on it and an additional change bucket….. I also put a knife between the matress and the box spring, just in case….. Something tells me that is anyone is dumb enough to try and break in…anyone of these traps would scare them before they could get in. I mean a change bucket spilling would make someone piss their pants… those things are loud! I felt totally dumb doing these things at first….until I slept like a baby.

Tip: to make the change bucket tilt without falling in the middle of the night and scaring the bejesus out of you, prop it on something like a towel or a sock. Then test it by opening the door and making sure it will fall…..

Don’t mean to scare you… no one is going to break in. But I sure know fear…and statistics don’t matter when your just flat out afraid….. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m so sorry.  ๐Ÿ™

I hate being alone, too.  Fiance doesn’t generally go away for extended periods of time, but he was gone this summer for 3 weeks, and I was a nervous wreck by the end of the first week (averaging about 3 hours of sleep a night, probably).

I can’t recommend any specific security systems, but here’s an idea, for what it’s worth: You can buy timers to plug into lamps, so that at pre-set intervals of time, the light will turn on or off on its own.  The point of this is to make it look like someone’s home when they’re actually not.  It might give you some peace of mind if you set them to turn on and off a couple times a night – make it look like someone’s up and moving around the house, deter burglars and so forth.  You can reset it whenever you want so the lights don’t stick to one pattern forever.  Of course, this is pointless if you’re like me and you sleep with all the lights on anyway.  ๐Ÿ˜›

And here’s a funny anecdote to hopefully make you laugh: A friend of mine who’s married to a cop (and who therefore had to sleep alone a lot because of his schedule) told me that when she first married him, she was so unused to being alone at night that she got out all the delicate christmas ornaments from storage and scattered them in front of the front door so that if anyone broke in she would hear the ornaments crunching.  ๐Ÿ˜€  That is creativity.  (Edit:  Ok, nevermind.  teamajax13 wins!)

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Melanie11 hahaha!!! oh my, crunching ornaments….love it!!!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Can you get a dog or a cat? Honestly, I hated being alone until we got a pet.  Its amazing how it changes things! I don’t feel lonely at all with my cat!! It makes a huge difference!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@applebee2012:

A dog would be my first advice. Then, those lights that have motion detectors. Seriously, if someone walks within a 10 foot border around our house, bright spotlights come on. :). Now, I’m not going to say this definitely, but I think being spotlighted might deter a criminal. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, you could just get a regular home security system. Anytime it is set and any borders are breached it automatically summons the police and alerts you. I understand about the deployment. My dad was enlisted for 37 years. It’s a bit intimidating being home alone. I’m not a huge gun advocate, but I do have a small pistol that my dad gave me and I keep it in my night stand if I’m going to be home overnight alone

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

the post about booby traps makes me wonder what kind of neighbourhood you live in… I agree with having a pet- they are protective (dog) and can really make you feel not alone

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@valeenh  …. again, I’m a chicken. Has nothing to do with my neighborhood. I actually live in a really nice area…. but no matter where you live little noises can run your imagination wild….. as you would imagine, I’m too scared to live in a “not good” area ….I would never sleep…..

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@teamajax13: I LOL’d! I think about security a lot. Both my grandfather and my dad are very prominent in the security industy and it’s one of those things that’s been drilled into me from a young age. Fiance doesn’t go away often, but we a have a security system, multiple locks and the bars that prevent people from sliding your windows open (even if someone drilled our locks). If someone really wants to get in, they will, but you can never be too careful!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Aure …yep, I think my mom is where mine comes from!! We grew up in a tiny little town and no one even locked their doors …but I guess since my mom was single (no man around at all) she had to make sure we were careful. It’s funny the stuff we take from our parents that we don’t realize!! 

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