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30 December 2017 @ 11:31 am
The Best Part Of Waking Up.  
Just dropped all this on Twitter. Thought I’d drop it here as well, so you can see how my day has been going so far.

Home alone sleeping & our security alarm went off. Found front door open an inch, no footprints in snow. Dealt with alarm company, but declined a police car. 1 minute after I reset alarm, went off again. It’s the damn wind!! #weather

Hesitated on declining police, but once security co. sent cops out bc I didn’t know our verification word & they thought I was a robber. Cop said he’d rather come for false alarm then not come for real alarm. Then carried a package In for me. Nice guy....But then we got a bill for him coming out. Bc it was a false alarm, the city charged us for the police officer’s time. So he may have been happy to come out for a false alarm, better safe than sorry & all that, but the city saw it as a waste of resources & charged us $100 for it.

So today I weighed it being the wind against $100 & my safety and instead just turned the alarm back on & shoved the ottoman in front of the front door. Ofc if I have one of my fainting spells and EMS has to get in the front door, good luck to them. Ten mins after all this I got super nauseous & was like WTF, only to realize, ah that’s adrenaline coursing through your system. Fun morning all around. 😡. Cousin is here now to do the kitty litters for me & is inspecting the door, trying to determine what she thinks happened & if she can prevent it from happening again in a safer manner than “ottoman in front of the door”.

~~Lock your door girl!!!~~

It’s always locked! It has a keypad on the front door, you can’t open it at all unless you punch in the code. But if it wasn’t latched properly the wind could’ve blown it open. Idk, we are going to do a few test runs & see what happens. ... Ok, tested it out & went with manual lock (in case electronic one is on fritz), electronic lock, security alarm, ottoman in front of door. Whew, what a morning.

~~In winter when the wood expands and contracts it could give you a false sense of it being closed because it is tighter now! Get a backup latch my friend be safe!~~

Yeah & the wind is wicked today, so if it expanded/shrunk, ofc it blew open. At least if anyone does tries to get in, the alarm goes off Immediately & that thing is loud af & hopefully would scare ppl off. I also wear a medical alert bracelet & I can just push it & it starts screaming Medical Alarm Medical Alarm really loud & if I don’t answer when they come over the speaker, they send someone out to the house. Still, a terrifying way to wake up this morning! Thanks for the concern, friend!

So that’s been my morning so far. Yep.

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Shireboundshirebound on December 30th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
Goodness, that's a lot of Scary! I'm so glad you're all right.

Bc it was a false alarm, the city charged us for the police officer’s time.

Wow, I had no idea they did that.

*hugs you tight*
dodger_sister: grumpydodger_sister on January 2nd, 2018 09:57 pm (UTC)
I was home alone for the weekend too, so I was worried that like, someone knew that and was trying to break in Eep. I ended up putting both the ottoman and the recliner chair in front of the door until my sister got back from Chicago, just to be safe!

Yeah, it was totally an innocent mistake when I triggered that false alarm. We had just gotten the security system and I came in from the garage and didn't get the code punched in fast enough (we now have pencils on top of the alarm pads for me to use, since my fingers kept missing the numbers). So they came over the speaker and asked for my name and password and I was like, "Password? What?" So they said, "Okay thank you," and hung up. 3 minutes later, a cop was at my door. Great response time, I have to say! And he was so sweet about it and could tell by looking at me and my giant walker that I wasn't a robber. I let him in so he could see I wasn't being held at gunpoint and everything.

But then we got a bill for $100. And I thought, "No way that cop wanted that. No way he looked at me and thought, 'Next time this tiny disabled woman should take her chances!" But that's what I did this time, took my chances, because I can't afford a $100 bill on a false alarm. I can't believe the police are cool with the city making money-charges like that. If it's a prank, you can be arrested. But if it's just a false alarm, well the police are there to make us feel safe, right? Consider it community outreach or something. Instead, my opinion of the police and city has gone down and I'm risking my safety because of it. Idk if all cities do this or not, but I guess people should check before making a 911 call they aren't 100% positive they need. :(
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on January 12th, 2018 05:14 am (UTC)
Aww man... what a mess.
dodger_sister: grumpydodger_sister on January 13th, 2018 10:26 pm (UTC)
Aww man... what a mess.

It was not a pleasant way to wake up, for sure!