2:30AM Christmas Eve Alarm Activation
Mods, this probably belongs elsewhere but not exactally sure where.
After having to have our nearly 19 year old feline family member put to sleep Thursday my wife and I were not in the mood to do or say much and after some mumbling we decided to go out to eat.
For what ever reason I decided to switch from my LCP or 637 to my SW9VE. I check the gun over, made sure the mag was full and was ready to go. Since I was not carrying the 637, the wife decided she would carry it.
When returned home, I placed the SW9VE on the night stand as usual, and the wife, rather than handing the 637 back to me, she layed it on her nightstand.
Four hours and thirty minutes later I hear a BEEP BEEP BEEP from the alarm keypad which means a door or widow has been opened.
Quietly, I tell my wife someone is in the house, stay here. I grabed the SW9VE and flashlight and quietly moved through the house. Since the house sits on a hillside 5 windows are high enough that entry would be dificult so I know I have 6 windows and 3 doors to clear.
Moving from the bedroom, I can see five windows and the rear entry door. Everything is clear here.
I see the outdoor cat sitting on the dining room window ledge. He is easly scared so that told me the front door and windows are probably clear.
Two other options, laundry room window or entry door to the garage. Both are in the same room. I now see the entry door to the garage is ajar. I remember I forgot and left the garage door opener in the truck outside. So, I hit the garage lights and aim to the only point in the garage where someone could hide.
Nothing! It appears that when we came in, we failed to fully close and lock the garage entry door and the wind was blowing enough to create enough pressure to push the door open slightly.
When I announced CLEAR and returned to the bedroom the the wife was secure and ready to fire if necessary.
Now a few lessons were learned here.
1) Keep a gun on both sides of the bed
2) Make sure ALL doors are closed and locked
3) Never leave a garage door opener in a vehicle out doors.
4) Leaving interior lighting on is well worth the cost of enegry
5) Know your surroundings & possibilities well in advance.
6) If you have an alarm system, use it!
7) Use the ready/not ready light on the key pad as an indicator to internal movement.
8) Watch where you leave a gun. I forgot and left my LCP on my desk in the laundry room next to my laptop! How convenient... for the BG.
9) If your vehicle has a remote panic button on the keyring, keep it close at hand. If you need a destraction, this could buy you a few seconds.
10) Have some sort of game plan of who does what and when.