Jump to content

What would you do?
Neighbour alarm going off at midnight

  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#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 IShallWearMidnight

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.


#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.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.