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Neighbour alarm going off at midnight


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#1 i-candi

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:17 PM

Neighbour away and we are looking after dog, putting out bins watching over place. We are semi rural on big blocks.

Midnight their back to base alarm went off. We have no street lighting, we are on big blocks out of town and it is very very dark. Their block backs creek that leads to town. My DH away so home alone with two kids!

I took our German Shepherd over to look in front windows, only problem is our dog doesn't like their tiny Jack Russell or so we think as every time our dog sees their dog her hairs go up. I was looking in front door window (other blinds closed) and all looked ok then my torch went out.

I don't want to walk out their back with our dog but what else could you do? If anyone was to rob the place it would be from the back as they would have access to the creek, our neighbours front faces our side of the house.

Would you go out back?

I text my neighbour telling them their alarm went off saying I went over with our dog and said all looked ok. I also said I don't want to go out back seeing as it is midnight but will go first thing in morning to see all ok. Their dog barked then my dog barked and hairs went up, my dogs bark was an angry bark but I think it was because of the Jack Russell.

Back to base turned off the alarm.

eeekkkk Alarms are rare here,  I don't bother setting ours!

#2 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:22 PM

I wouldn't be going investigating on my own with no lighting. I'd go back in the morning and check everything was okay but I wouldn't go at night unless safe to do so.

#3 InsertAwesomeHere

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:25 PM

I second sunnycat. I wouldn't have go e over at all as I'm a big wimp. Is it possible to call the police to tell them the alarm went off?

#4 OutForLunch

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

I'd have hidden under my blankets and cried! You're so brave!

#5 i-candi

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:33 PM

Neighbour text back asking if it was hot or windy (this can set off alarm) NO on both counts !!!!!

Plus someone in town (on other side of creek) was setting off fire works tonight!!!

I'm sure it's all OK. I again said I'll check it out tomorrow, if it was me I wouldn't expect  someone to check our house out??? When we went OS we didn't bother to set alarm, I figured if it went off it would just peeve the neighbours off.

Our dog is at my feet right now, I don't think I'll shut my bedroom door tonight lol

#6 ~faerydust~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

I'd be calling police and not leaving my house.

#7 i-candi

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:36 PM

QUOTE (InsertAwesomeHere @ 04/01/2013, 12:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I second sunnycat. I wouldn't have go e over at all as I'm a big wimp. Is it possible to call the police to tell them the alarm went off?



A police officer lives on the 'estate' across the road from us, he is dog squad though (and what a well behaved dog they have !!!!!!)

QUOTE (Codswallop @ 04/01/2013, 12:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd have hidden under my blankets and cried! You're so brave!


lol but I have a big huge German Shepherd !!!!! I tripped over her in the dark and had to pull on her chain to keep going, she is a timid thing lol. Not sure if she is ready for police work!

#8 mygirlcharlotte

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:45 PM

is there someone like security guy or the police to phone and ask them what to do

#9 monkeys mum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:57 PM

Id be expecting the security company to follow it up. Or calling the local police with my concerns, their a bit better equipped ti check it out with torches and two people.



#10 noonehere

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:59 PM

i would call the cops.
i always do for my neighbours when their alarm goes off and dp isnt home to check it out.

#11 Feralishous

Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:27 AM

QUOTE (~squiggle~ @ 03/01/2013, 09:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd be calling police and not leaving my house.

same!


#12 Feral-Lausii

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:27 AM

Is it a back to base alarm? If  so should have been taken care of by the alarm company? You are brave, I would not have done that!

Edited by Lausii, 04 January 2013 - 06:30 AM.


#13 scarfie

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:37 AM

If it is back to base I would be expecting them to come out when it goes off.  What are your neighbours actually paying for if the service provider doesn't check it out?

You are brave though OP, no way I'd be out in the dark after midnight exploring.



#14 Frockme

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:38 AM

When you have back to base alarm you set up a system of calls. So alarm goes off, base is notified, they check call list and notify the 1st person on list, if they can't get through they go to the next person on the list. The people on the list advise the base company on what to do. ETA- the base company won't come out, they'll employ a security company to go take a look at your extra cost. They can call the police but I've also heard that some wont go out unless someone with keys is there to meet you. Not always convenient!

No way should you wonder over and check it out! (A little late now) by all means look over there but don't go over.
Some alarms work on vibration waves eg if a window is shoved open it'll pick up on it and go off. So fireworks could have set it off.
I think I'd have called the local police station and let them know.

Hope it was a false alarm.

Edited by Malaya, 04 January 2013 - 06:40 AM.


#15 ~sydblue~

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:44 AM

You definitely are a brave woman.
BTB monitoring stations will not send a guard company unless the owner of the house or building has given or gives permission. As it incurs a fee, which can be huge on public holidays or weekends.

#16 i-candi

Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:11 AM

I went over earlier this morning and all is good, all blinds are down but I looked in Kitchen window and couldn't see anything amiss.

I don't think the police would want to know about an alarm going off unless you could see a car that shouldn't be there or people or broken window.

Sometimes I think alarms really work and are a headache for neighbours unless they are back to base. One other neighbour's alarm went off for over four hours one night and they knew it was going off as another neighbour told them but they were to selfish to come home and turn it off, then it went off same time the next day!!! We rarely set ours because we leave our dog inside when we go out.




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