Rude Awakening

My dad once told me that locks only keep honest people out. If someone really wants to break in, a lock will not stop them. I know this from experience. Last night was the most recent experience.

I was sleeping over at someone else’s house. They had asked me to house sit while they were out of town. I have no problem doing this as I live with a roommate so my place would not be left alone either. I have house-sat for them before and I quite enjoy it. They have satellite radio and a home theatre system that I take full advantage of while I am over.

The only problem is that I am a bit of a light sleeper. I have been woken up by neighbourhood kids a couple of times over here. They are usually just passing by. So last night when I heard some banging noises, it woke me up but I didn’t pay much attention to it. I tried to go back to sleep. The noises continued for ten minutes and it was unusual so I decided to investigate. I looked out the bedroom window but I couldn’t see anything.

I got out of bed and could hear that the sounds were coming from the basement. I flicked on the light and I could hear movement. I opened the front door and went around the side of the house. Two teenagers were climbing out of the basement window. They ran away quickly when they saw me. I went back in the house and saw one more person scooting out the window.
It was only four o’clock in the morning and quite a rude awakening. I couldn’t get back to sleep after that. The kids were long gone and I don’t think that they will come back but it is still disturbing. I can’t even remember what they look like or what they were wearing so I can’t give a good description to the police. I am not sure if they took anything though because this is not my house and the basement is quite cluttered. There isn’t much I can do at this point.

I felt guilty for not getting up for ten minutes. What if they took a bunch of things in that time? But now, hours later, I feel relieved that I was here so that they didn’t get a lot more. There are a lot of things to tempt thieves here. It’s one of the reasons I like house-sitting for my friends.

So that was my rude awakening this morning. I don’t know if I will be able to sleep well again until my friends return and I can go sleep in my own bed again. I guess I am glad that I was here, that my friends weren’t cleaned out, but I also feel violated. It is not a good feeling at all.