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What to do when feeling insecure

We have been thinking about purchasing a security system for our house for some time. I was interested in fire, police and medical help buttons, while Ray just wanted a simple alarm.

But it came with the whole nine yards, so we had it installed.

When I was a teenager living at home, a house in our area was burglarized. We had an eccentric family who lived in our neighborhood and their security was boarding up their windows, putting iron gates on the door and booby trapping the whole house. This backfired when the father came home to a darkened house, fell over one of his booby traps and broke his leg. It took EMS 30 minutes to get into his house to help him.

My family, on the other hand, got a dog.

Then there’s my father-in-law’s solution: He bought a security system out of a magazine that was battery operated and hooked on the door knob. First it sounded like a vicious Doberman when you turned the knob, but if someone turned the door knob in the morning after the batteries had been on all night it sounded like a kitten meowing.

The downside of the alarm system is our dog – she hates it! When I turn on the alarm she runs to the bathroom and hides until the beeping is over. Maybe she just resents another protector in the house. I feel sorry for her. Hopefully she will get used to it.

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