Yesterday while I was at work I was surprised to receive a call from our security company about a motion detector in our house being set off. Getting the alarm system set up was one of the first things we did when we bought the house in the summer of 2008, and we have never had a false alarm. The motion detector gets set whenever we are out or sleeping, and supposedly it takes an animal of at least 40 lbs to set off the kind we have. I was 80% sure that Sweet Pea had finally figured out a way to trigger it, but I had the dispatcher send the police to drive by anyway.
The dispatcher was supposed to call me back and let me know whether the police had seen anything. One hour, two hours — we have had slow police responses in the past, and I was sure that our burglar alarm had been lost at the bottom of the priority list. I thought of the off chance that someone had broken in and I imagined Sweet Pea wandering the neighborhood, and not being able to find her as the sun set and the temperature plummeted. I couldn’t take it anymore; I had to go home.
I crept the car past the house a couple times, looking for anything out of place, and saw nothing but a tag from the police, who had indeed responded within 10-15 minutes of the alarm. Opened the garage, everything appeared to be there. I relaxed a little and I was dying to know what that cat had knocked over to set off the alarm. I came inside, stood and looked around carefully, and saw…nothing. Nothing out of place, nothing smashed to pieces.
So it looks like it was just a malfunction. At least, I hope it was — we only get so many free false alarms per year, and Sweet Pea is only two, so she has plenty of mayhem-causing years ahead of her. The security company will be out very soon to swap out our sensor and batteries, and hopefully I won’t get any more calls like I got yesterday.
On the other hand, if she did somehow trigger the alarm, the odds are good that she will do it again, because she does not learn:
Sometimes I get the impression that maybe she’s not very smart.
Either way, only she knows what really happened yesterday!