A couple of nights ago, The Hubs woke me up around 3 in the morning, passed me my handphone and whispered, "It’s either the cats or there’s an intruder in the house". Yikes! Not the best thing to hear in the middle of the night. He grabbed a torchlight and crept towards our bedroom door. I slunked to a corner, keyed in 999 on my phone and had my finger ready on the "call" button. Then I heard him say, "Eh, can grab the other cat?". Phew.
Turned out our four-legged housemates who live in the kitchen had managed to open the french doors and were having a ball of a time exploring the house. For those of you who have been to our place, you’ll know that our french doors are very heavy. In fact, I’ve had adults (complete with opposable thumbs!) who cannot slide the doors open. The Hubs was up again at 4am to foil another escape attempt and watched in disbelief as Flyb@ll stuck his furry little paw through the tiny gap between the doors and tried to ease the doors apart. The only thing that gave this cat burglar away were his excited meows as he furiously pushed away at the doors. Don’t tell The Hubs but I am secretly pleased (and a little proud) that the kitties had the smarts to successfully execute a "mission impossible" although I’m quite sure Moof@ was the brains behind the entire operation.
Anyhoo, this got me thinking. When things go bump in the night, should you investigate? According to my trusty guru, Google.com, you shouldn’t if you think someone has broken in. What you should do is lock your bedroom door and call the cops. If you have kids, see if you can get everyone in one room and lock the door and call the cops. In our case, the only reason The Hubs was so gungho was because he was pretty sure it was safe. He had woken up to sounds in the living room and spent 5 minutes with his head literally on the floor, peeping through the gap under our bedroom door to see if it was indeed a burglar. He saw movement but was fairly sure that it wasn’t human. Still he wanted to be careful and had me as the backup who would call the police. Truth be told, if it had been a burglar that night, I would not have hesitated to slam the door on The Hubs and lock it behind him. This way, at least one of us would be able to get help. No point playing hero. Anyhoo, here’s a pretty interesting wiki article on what you should do if someone breaks into your home in the middle of the night: http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-an-Intruder-in-Your-Home