Burglary Story : I have tightened up my security
by David Kelp
In 2004 I lost my job, this was not unexpected. My good lady was able to take extra hours so it was decided that I would stay at home and look after the house.
This was something that I thought that I would enjoy doing, but you know what, I got bored too easy and maybe a little lonely also. After seeing my good lady off in the morning I’d crack on with the chores, this kept me busy until around the middle of the day.
Sometimes I would pick up a book or flip on the TV set, but too often I’d leave the house and meet up with a few cronies. Nothing wrong with that once in a while but it was getting to be a habit.
I guess that the day I drove off and left both the garage door and the connecting door to the house open I was in a wild tearing hurry to get to my friends. I often left open the garage door, bad habit. But I was careful to keep the connecting door locked, or thought that I was.
It took me about five minutes to pull myself together and call the cops. I’d walked in saying to myself over and over that I could not have left that door open, but I had.
They took only small stuff. Must have been in and out just as quick as a wink. Nobody saw nothing, nobody heard nothing. Cops said there had been several opportunity burglaries, robberies and car thefts.
My good lady started in to give me a roasting, but then she realized how dumb I felt so she laid off. I was dumb though, dumb, dumb, dumb.
Naturally now I have tightened up my security habits, always put the car away, lock up that door and the garage.
And some good came from it too. I no longer felt fit to be in charge of the house, and did not want to be! I went and took the first job that would take me even though it was not my usual salary or status. And you know what, I love it. I am still in the job now that I’m past retirement, hope to be in it for a long time yet.
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