Last nights strange noise, and forums good advice
My wife and I live in the country and it's pretty rural, isolated, and dark at night. I also am aware that due to distance we'd have quite a long wait for leo help to arrive, and I know that I'll be the "first responder" on anything that might happen here.
As we hear about burglaries, home invasions, etc I have continued to beef up our personal security and management. Recently we heard that some ex-neighbors that had moved, had been shot by a home invader who came in through an unlocked door in the evening. My wife and I happened to talk about beefing up our house security since then. Admittedly a few times we have gone to bed, only to find out the next morning that we had forgotten to lock a door. :gah: Never again, so just yesterday we implemented an easy habit to maintain and we call it "patrol". Early each evening one of us will conscienously lock all the doors, and close the blinds/curtains on each window. I don't want someone watching us, or walking in on us, and I want a method to utilize so we don't ever forget about locking a door again, and that they are locked early.
So last night my wife and I went to bed about 11 pm (kids are grown and gone) so it's just the two of us. Let me pause here and say that I've always slept with a handgun and flashlight within easy reach. Since reading this forum I've added HD shotgun and SureFire light to my bedside stuff. So last night the house had been properly locked, my wife has already fallen asleep, though I'm still awake. Suddenly I hear a noise from somewhere in the front door/den area, which is sort of the middle of our H-shaped floor plan. It was a repetitive noise, like tap-pop-pop-tap-tap-tap. We have three cats that allow us to live with them, and I'm thinking that one of them is playing with something and hasn't settled down for the night. I didn't hear the noise anymore, but I decided to ease up in the bed, look around our darkened room and count cats. I saw three, and thought uh-oh, all the cats are in here with us, so it couldn't be a cat playing somewhere. In fact I could tell one cat was looking toward the den.
So I very quietly ease up in bed, reach for my Benelli M2 and Surefire and lay there listening for any more noises. I can't tell ya'll the sense of security I had while holding a good shotgun and good flashlight. I had those two due to this forum planting ideas in my head :image035: and I was thankful for them. Nothing else I had would have felt better.....no other pistol or rifle. I nudged my wife awake, ssshh'd her, and whispered for her to help me listen. We laid motionless, quiet, and in the dark for about 20 minutes waiting to hear any more noises. If someone was around I wanted to know pretty much where they were, and I didn't want them to know that I was wide awake.....just yet. While waiting I remember wishing I had a light switch next to my bed that would turn on all the house lights at one time, excluding the light in our bedroom. Anyway after waiting and trying to identify the odd noise which we didn't hear anymore, I got up and carefully checked the house out and as expected nothing was out of place at all. I don't know what it was, I wasn't dreaming, and the house doesn't creak. I even wondered if the owl was back in our fireplace flapping his wings, but nope on the owl. Maybe a critter scratching at or bumping the front door? It really sounded like someone trying out one of our exterior locked doors while shaking it heavily. No evidence of anything amiss this morning either.
I'm sharing this story about an unidentified night noise to let you know that under a little pressure I felt comfortable having a HD shotgun and SureFire light right by me that I could easily retrieve without hardly moving, making a noise or turning on any lights. So thanks for the previous ideas and advice posted here.......it all worked fine and wound up being a good exercise :hand10: