This past Saturday, my wife and I arrived home after having dinner. We pulled into the garage, closed the garage door and were about ready to walk into the door when our burglar alarm went off. Our alarm has 2 zones – 1 to my workshop (off the garage) and the other to the house. No sensors are in the garage.
I turned off the alarm, discovered the sensor in the shop had gone off, and quickly went into the house to obtain a pistol (live in IL, I can’t carry here). The alarm monitoring company called and I informed them I didn’t know why the alarm was going off – they dispatched. We live in a rural area, 35 minutes is typical.
There are 3 ways into my shop( door between the garage, door in our backyard, front windows). Using a flashlight I validated the door to the backyard was closed and not broken. I walked around the backyard to the windows and saw they weren’t broken. I already verified the door between the shop and garage was locked (controlled on the garage side).
I proceeded to go into the shop and clear it. I was pretty shaken. Did a bit of clearing in our house, then talked with the dispatcher who said the deputies had been en route for 8 minutes and would be there in minutes. At this point I was feeling that probably the wind had somehow caused the motion sensor in the shop to go off – never happened before but that seemed to be the only plausible reason. I was tempted to cancel the call, felt silly that the wind had somehow done something and someone who really might need help would be in higher need. The dispatcher convinced me they weren’t busy and getting close – just let them come clear the house & shop. So I did. They were very polite, very thorough, and checked every room, the garage, shop, and everything. I did inform them, I was armed which didn’t bother them at all.
Post-review, I think I made some mistakes:
- I shouldn’t have entered the house – should have got back in the vehicle, opened the door, and gotten out of there or just opened the door and left.
- I shouldn’t have cleared the garage. No reason to believe the alarm was wrong, by entering I was at a tactical disadvantage.
- I shouldn’t have gone outside and checked around the shop to validate the outside door and windows weren’t broken.
- I shouldn’t have hesitated about canceling the call. Ultimately I did the right thing, but really second guessed it.
It turned out alright, but the circumstances could have been quite different in the threat had been real. I’d appreciate feedback – do you agree/disagree with my above assessment? Other thoughts or insight I also recognized in attempting to clear what I did, that I need training on how to best do that. Anyone have any suggested classes.
Wife and I ran into a new situation this weekend.. She went to a concert some friends were opening for, in a not-so-savory part of town in Colorado. Our concealed carry laws say that carry is prohibited in any place with permanent or temporary metal detectors or wands. So, at this concert, there were no metal detectors, but they were doing pat-downs on men only at the door. All women were allowed entry without even a cursory check. Would carry into this concert have been allowed, or at least not illegal?
Just curious, how many of you actually carry your firearm when you are in your home? Even though I live in a quiet suburban neighborhood, I still always want to be prepared in case something ever happens. Am I unusual or do others do the same?