Since our house was broken into and robbed after Vincent died, I've been very paranoid about our security.
Every night before I go to bed I double-check all the doors in the house, close the windows, peek behind shower curtains, (although for some reason I'm OK without checking closets) and set the alarm. If my husband has set the alarm, I do this all over again. Thanks anyway, honey!
Upon retreating to bed, I lock our bedroom door as well as Theo's. (Our bedrooms are connected by another door that I leave open in case he needs anything at night.) I make sure the bottom half of the window louvers are firmly closed and secured. So far I've drawn the line at putting chairs underneath our door knobs, although I did this once to Theo's door that opens up to our main living room. It just didn't feel safe that night.
During the day when I leave the house I hide my laptop, ipad and camera. These locations rotate between a few selected favorite hideaways, punctuated by the odd one I can never remember. Thankfully, I can usually recall where they've been placed. (Except the camera that I lost for around 3+ weeks during which time we went on a tourist-fest with friends from out of town. Oops!)
To some people, this may sound a little paranoid, perhaps a little extreme, but by trying to control some of my environment I manage to feel a bit more safe. Some people need a nightlight or a blanky— I need to triple-check the doors. On occasions in the past when I didn't do this (and when we lived with more family) we wound up with unlocked doors or worse. One night a little over a year ago I awoke at 4:30am to find our front door (and screen) propped wide open. Apparently they were never closed (or locked) after bringing in large amounts of groceries the night before. (hello mosquitos!) So I never take it for granted. Every night, a-checking I come.
How do you guys feel about home security? Any particular things you do to feel safe(r?) Any of you had your home broken into in the past?