I was once in a home that was burglarized.
They came in through the basement. When they tried to open the door into the first floor living space, they were forced to make a lot of noise to break the .29 eye hook used to keep a 60 year old solid wood door in place.
That’s when I woke up.
Earlier this week, I was sound asleep when I awoke to a noise.
The sensation of noise unfamiliar in the dead of night sent my brain straight back to that other early morning. On that day, someone with a gun forced their way inside our home to take things that we had worked hard to acquire.
This week was far less traumatizing but there was cause for alarm for a moment while I thought it through and investigated.
After I woke up, it was quiet again and I couldn’t decide if there was someone in the house who was just being quiet after making some racket or if something had simply fallen.
After that other burglary years ago, I developed an emergency plan of sorts – what I would do if it happened again and ways to prevent it from happening. So I mentally reviewed my plan and readied myself.
Scout heard it too and was on high alert for a minute, listening carefully with his tail all puffed up. When he relaxed, I relaxed. Since he can hear a food package being opened from a deep sleep three rooms away, I was pretty sure he would know if someone who didn’t belong was in his house.
That’s only sort of a joke. Seriously, the hearing on this cat is insane and he’s so territorial he growls like a little dog when someone comes to the door.
He’s pictured here, napping later in the day. A boy needs his beauty sleep.
Luckily, action was not required on this night but it was a good exercise, even if it did mean lost sleep for the rest of the night.
A safety drill is always a good idea.
The burglary I mentioned was at an old boyfriend’s house, not my own, although I pretty much lived there. They got a couple of valuable electronics before fleeing the scene but they also robbed us of our sense of security, that sense of safety in your own home.
The fact that I rarely fall asleep without thinking about it has long been an annoyance. The fact I was somewhat prepared if it had been a burglar this week was somewhat reassuring.
It is these experiences, the good and bad, that shape who we are. Some memories, while distant, can rush back at a moment’s notice to inform how we react to present circumstances.
I suspect that someone else’s decision to break into a stranger’s home, my home, has scarred me for life. However, if those scars will keep me safe someday then so be it.
If you haven’t done so, I suggest that you consider what you would do in the event of a home invasion. You probably have smoke detectors and know how to react in a fire or tornado. Get a plan and alarms together for this too. It will be too late if you wait until it happens.
In case you’re wondering, the noise was a picture that fell off a shelf and knocked a metal toy truck to the floor. I had just placed it on the shelf a few days before and it evidently wasn’t secure.
Sorry to hear about your scare during the night…I know how frightening it can be. I was mugged once, a LONG time ago, but it’s something I will always remember. It never hurts to have our “hackles up” (like Scout) and be prepared! Glad it was only a falling picture.
Oh, a mugging would be awful too! And I’m sure that does stay with you.
I was glad to have Scout along for company and guidance.
I lived through an attempted breakin when I was about 23. For whatever reason they weren’t able to get in, but it scared the bejabbers out of me and the rest of the time I lived there I slept with a baseball bat right under my bed.
It is terrifying. Glad they didn’t make it in!!
I’m glad it turned out to be nothing scary. I interrupted a burglary in progress in my house in broad daylight seven years ago. They got away with a lot of valuable jewelry and other stuff. And they even came back and broke in a second time a month later! It really does damage your sense of security. I’m grateful you weren’t harmed and neither was I, but some people are not so fortunate.
Oh my. How scary!! I’m glad you weren’t hurt. Stuff can be replaced but you’re right- lots of people aren’t so lucky.