Monday, February 04, 2002

Home Insecurity

My house was visited by the fire and police department this morning. Sound like trouble? No, actually just false alarms. Well, maybe I should do something about it. Oh, wait, I had a new alarm system installed. This morning. Which is what caused the false alarms.

Because of all the false alarms and how sick ADT was of coming out to repair my system, they offered to upgrade mine cheap. Good. It seemed like a simple thing, except the guy was here all morning trying to take care of it. At one point I heard him talking to someone, and I assumed he had to call another ADT guy for assistance. Nope; it was the fire department. He explained to him that he had been unable to get the system on “test”. About 15 minutes later, there was a knock at the door. I assumed it was my next door neighbor wondering about the fire trucks. Nope; it was the police department, responding to a silent alarm. The ADT guy popped out and explained what was going on. Hopefully now that the new system is in, false alarms will be a thing of the past. They always seem to happen when I travel across the country, and I'm going to do that again on Sunday.

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