I was walking to work recently when the burglar alarm of a house on the other side of the road suddenly sprang into life with a strident alarm that cut through the birds singing on a beautiful spring morning.
I wasn’t sure what to do.
There was no obvious sign of activity but the alarm kept on ringing. My own system is such that the bell will keeping going for about 20 minutes and then cease, leaving just the tell-tale changed colour of the flashing light underneath the box. My neighbours know that the procedure we have agreed is that, if they hear the bell, they will stand at the gate and look for anything obviously untoward and, if something doesn’t feel right, then call the police on their non-emergency number. Otherwise, to give me a call and I will come home. Under no circumstances are any of the elderly residents to enter the house or attempt to tackle any possible intruders. (more…)