I had planned to post a new blog early last Thursday, but I got sidetracked and didn’t get it out. Eric and I had some things to do that evening, so I decided that I would post it after we got home. Unfortunately our evening got entirely hijacked. We were just over in Beech Grove when my phone rang. It was FE Moran (our alarm company) telling us that the alarm in Toad Hall had been triggered.
While we are always vigilant when the alarm rings, we’ve only had false alarms at Toad Hall lately (apparently due to falling plaster or the occasional visiting cat) so we try not worry too much about it, and check the exterior of Toad Hall when we return just to make sure. But for some reason this one was bothering me. Eric and I hopped in the car and headed home. When we arrived we found that the boards over the bay window on the South side of the house were all pulled up. Fortunately someone saw a car pulling out of the driveway and got a license plate number. So at the very least IMPD has a person of interest to track down. :D
And I have to say, IMPD has been great. Not only did the officer get here pretty quickly and take it very seriously, he put out a request for extra patrols near our property. And he even warned us that we shouldn’t worry if we see an officer parked in front of the house. That’s part of what they will be doing on those patrols. All I can say is that I’m really impressed with how concerned the officer was and how they are handling this.
Eric is securing the bay window opening after the break in.
So, instead of what we had planned for the evening, which included Eric doing some more painting in the Bungalow, he spent his available time securing Toad Hall. We had one window board that had been blown down that needed put back up and he had to repair the damage from the break in.
The West Wing is in sad shape. One of boards covering a window came down, and Eric re-secured it while dealing with the break in.
All secure and extra to get through if they try again.
But now we are secure again, and hoping that people will finally believe the alarm company signs. And... since the city won’t let us put up a six foot fence topped with razor wire I’m seriously considering erecting the largest sign they will allow. Maybe something like, “No, it’s not abandoned and it doesn’t have electricity, but thanks to modern technology we DO have an alarm. If you wish to test our honesty, please be nice to the IMPD officers as you will be spending quite a bit of time in their company.”