Tuesday, June 09, 2015
We left out of town yesterday--just the girls and I. As I'm very cautious I don't normally post about leaving out of town, but B's going to be home. Also, we finally got a security system which helps me feel a little more, ahem, secure. At least in theory.
B was out of town a few weeks ago and we had just installed the system. He and I were so glad to finally have something like this in place as I've been wanting one for years. So we got our security system all set up (SimpliSafe* for those of you wondering...totally recommend) and instead of making me less paranoid I was a basket case. In part I think it's because we had just installed it when B left, so the newness of actually having a security system hadn't worn off yet. And while the girls know about the system, we haven't yet talked through "what to do" scenarios if the alarm were to actually go off. Therefore I found myself just as unable to fall asleep because I found myself anticipating this alarm sounding in the middle of the night and what would I do if that actually happened?
Feeling safe and secure in my home has been something I've struggled with since I was a young child living in Gering, Nebraska otherwise known as Mayberry. As an adult I've also struggled with this and it seems that facts and statistics have little to do with it, but rather my perception. I wish I could pinpoint what it is that makes me feel 'unsafe' but with most things I'm sure it's a combination of stuff. One thing that I don't like is having a home with multiple points of entry, and with each move we make we are always gaining another point of entry or two. In NYC we had one door to get in and out of the apartment. That coupled with the fact that we lived in a security monitored high rise with a door man made me feel very safe. In fact living in NYC was the home I have felt safest in in my adult life. Safer than even Provo, Utah. Anyway, our current house has the most entry points so far. But like I said, this isn't the whole of it... I've always been quite a worry wort when it comes to home break-ins.
It's been a few weeks now, we still need to talk to the girls (I understand you can never really prepare for these things, but much like talking about fire safety which I think is equally unpredictable, I think this is important we run through scenarios) and I'm much more at ease with the system I still find myself not necessarily feeling more "secure." Perhaps I view it a bit like self defense classes my friends took in college--a little bit of a false sense of security? OK, I do feel slightly more secure-- I've got some quick ways of contacting help outside of fumbling for my phone in the dark AND the fact that waking up to a blaring alarm would definitely be preferable to waking up to an intruder already in my house--yes, those things certainly help. But you know, nothing is fool-proof or a 100% guarantee.
I would LOVE to hear any thoughts or experiences you've had with home security. Did an alarm system actually help you or someone you knew, out in a bad situation? Did it at least help you feel more safe? Have any of you had bad experiences with alarm/security systems? And what about those of you who just don't believe in such devices? Are you just more laid back, have a come-what-may attitude or is it something else?
*To be clear I'm not being paid by Simplisafe for this post, but I have been telling all my friends and family about it. It is an award winning system that you install yourself--one reason costs are so low. Additionally it's completely customizable for your needs and if you move you can even take it with you! If you've thought about a security system this is a great way to go.