A few months ago, I saw a friend of mine mention on Facebook that her home was broken into and all her electronics were stolen. I’m talking flat screen TV, iPad, laptops, SLR camera. It was insane, the amount of money she lost when a burglar decided to target her home.
I’m thankful to live in a neighborhood where we look out for one another, but that’s not to say burglary couldn’t happen in the middle of the night or while we’re out of town. So, how do you keep your home safe? Are home alarm systems the way to go?
I’ve never been a victim of burglary directly. Now, indirectly? Yes. My husband has had his car broken into a few times here and there. I blame teenagers looking for small electronics, but nothing scared me the most than the burglary in our Memphis area apartment complex.
My husband worked long hours and I was home with two very young children. So, if I wanted to get grocery shopping done I had to leave at the crack of dawn to do it without the kids. So, 5:00am I woke up. I sleepily walked outside and saw that EVERY car in my sight was broken into. Glass windows smashed. Papers and belongings strung all over the parking lot.
The night before my husband got home late so he had to park quite a few rows back. Running towards my car to see if it had been broken into, I was shocked to learn…. it wasn’t. I don’t know why our vehicle was spared, but I was so thankful.
The thing is, after that day, a fear struck me wondering if I’m really safe in that small apartment, especially when my husband worked so much. A fear was planted inside of me. So much so, that we decided to move. Finding a nice house, in a nice area, proved to ease my anxiety about burglary a bit more, but it still loomed. We, then, looked into home surveillance systems.
No matter what kind of alarm system you have, it’s hard to get rid of that fear that is planted when you’re a victim of burglary. It makes me wonder if the criminals think about that when they commit that crime… if they realize that they aren’t just stealing someone’s things, but striking a fear that takes years to dissipate.
Have you ever been a victim of burglary? If so, how did you deal with it? Install an alarm system? Move? More importantly? How did you deal with the fear?
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