Unwelcomed wake-up call.
August 13, 2012 5:14 AM Subscribe
Out of town neighbor with a burglar alarm that activates periodically. Solutions?
posted by Gordion Knott to Home & Garden (12 answers total)
Once every month or so, for no apparent reason, a neighbor's burglar alarm activates in the middle of the night. The neighbor, who lives across the street, is a second homer who only occupies the house on long weekends. Apart from these, it's vacant, with occasional visits from a lawn service. The mail box is empty, unused and ignored, suggesting a different mailing address, and I've never met the neighbor nor heard anything about his personality or habits.
I called the police department the first few times, guessing that the alarm was tripped by a prowler. But now, it's obvious that it's either being tripped by a deer or other wild animal, or--is this possible?--running a monthly diagnostic on its own.
I'd prefer to handle this anonymously through local authorities, because I don't have access to the neighbor's mailing address, and, even if I did, I'd prefer to avoid a standoff. We don't have any neighborhood associations or committees where I live. How should I proceed with this, and what civil or local authority or agency should I contact?