This summer our home was burglarized. Me, my sister and both my parents were all out of town when it happened. None of us had any idea we would come home to a scary situation like this. You never think it will happen to you. Especially us. Living in the hill country on 4 acres of fenced property, having 2 Great Dane dogs and being in a “safe” area, we never thought this would happen to us. But it did.
Thinking about it now it could have been our fault. I had posted on my Facebook a picture of the condo I was staying at out of town. My sister had also posted on her Facebook she was going out of town as well. Granted she didn’t say she was with my parents, but maybe that was all it took for someone to know it was the perfect time to burglarize our house.
They always tell you that when something like this happens 9 times out of 10 it’s someone who knows you, or a person who knows someone you know. In this case I would agree with that. Our electric gate (which you need a code for to open) was not tampered with when we came home. Our two Great Dane dogs were not hurt. So how did they get past the gate and our extremely large dogs?
It’s been 7 months since our home was burglarized. The day after it happened my boyfriend Marshall (he is the district residential sales manager for ADT) went to our house to set us up with an ADT security system. The following day we were up and running. Now it is habit to always set our home alarm. We even set it at night in case something should happen as we’re sleeping. Although someone would have to be VERY bold to do that. I sleep with a gun under my pillow and my dad … well he’s the reason I am the way I am. I’ll leave it at that.
Unfortunately, we will never get back our prized possessions. The electronics and jewelry can be replaced, but it’s the sentimental items that hurt the most. Jewelry our family had for over 30 years. The bracelet I was given when my grandma died. The first diamond ring my father ever gave my mother. It’s those items, and the scary feeling in your gut that someone was going through your items in your home, that hurt the most.
This holiday season be smart and be safe. We never thought this would happen to us and it did. Even the safest neighborhoods can be a target. And don’t tell people when you are out of town. If you do, be sure to set your home alarm system. And if you don’t have one call (210) 403-4537 and talk to Marshall. He’ll have an ADT sales rep help set you up with an alarm system.
The holiday season and summer are peak times for burglaries. Please be extra careful. I would never want anyone to feel what we felt when we were burglarized. It is a feeling that is difficult to explain or understand, unless it has happened to you.