Home Security and Your Budget, Part 2
We all spend money on things that make life easier, but we hesitate to spend money on security. It’s one of those things that in a perfect world, you’ll never use. So why spend money on it? I know the excuses because I used to make them all the time. I had nice things, a nice house, and a nice sense of safety. Until it was taken away from me.
I came home on a Saturday evening. I was exhausted. When I pulled into the driveway, I remember thinking to myself how I wish I had been home earlier… if only to catch up on some rest. Without turning on a light, I put my 10-day-old son in his crib, and then went to my bedroom to lie down. Just as I fell asleep my husband came home. As he walked into our room he asked me why I spilled my jewelry box out. Then he turned on the light, and we both realized someone had been in our room, gone through our closet, opened drawers and left through the side door in our room.
We immediately called the police. The dispatcher told us that officers were already in the neighborhood – responding to a burglary in progress two doors down.
After a few minutes, it hit me that the burglars could have still been in my bedroom when I came home. The bottom line for me was this: all the nice things I had spent money on (instead of using that money to protect my family) didn’t compare to the potential danger my son and I had been in. We went and stayed with family that night and did not move back into our house until our alarm had been installed. Since then, I’ve replaced the things that were stolen, and have regained my sense of security with the help of a monitored home security system.
We installed a burglar alarm as a reaction to an event. Don’t do that! Please don’t wait until something happens to justify protecting your family. Learn from my experience and be proactive with your family’s security… It’s worth every penny and more. This sounds cheesy, but looking at my now 10-year-old son is reason enough to make sure home security fits into our budget.