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whereareallmyhairbands Thu 07-Nov-19 02:06:39

I'm not feeling well today, and having trouble sleeping.
Whilst laying in bed thinking, I heard a strange noise downstairs. I thought the cat might have brought home a mouse etc so I pop downstairs and have a look. Can't see anything or any sign of cat. Check the back door and the cat flap is open, all the way, stuck open.
So I shut it, and as I turn out the kitchen light the house phone rang!!!
My goodness it scared me - but because no good calls come at night I answered phone. No one there initially, and then i hear a tv with what sounds like a scary film playing in the background.

I've hung up and put the phone handset and base on mute downstairs.

I'm now upstairs writing this message so I don't feel so alone!!!!

JJSS123 Thu 07-Nov-19 02:10:22

What’s your favourite scary movie??

Hope you’re ok op x

SugarPlumLairy2 Thu 07-Nov-19 02:12:30

I’d put all the bloody lights on, check the doors, draw all curtains and probably not sleep for rest of the night to be honest. I am an utter wuss.

More than likely was just coincidence though. Don’t know what your local police dept is like. Could ring and report a disturb@nce.

Keep cat in at nights, get the flap a lock.

Hope you feel better soon.

PixieDustt Thu 07-Nov-19 02:20:36

Omg I wouldn't even step foot back upstairs!
This gave me shivers!
Not to scare you but isn't the phone call thing what they done in scream?
Hope you're okay OP. Definitely get your cat flap sorted so only your cat can activate it open!

saltinesandcoffeecups Thu 07-Nov-19 02:31:57

Oh no.... that is something that would freak me right out.

Good thing to post to find some company. I tend to turn on a couple of extra lights and then a very innocent and happy audiobook to focus on. Sorry that you’ve had a scare.

JJSS123 Thu 07-Nov-19 08:47:03

Are you ok op ?

whereareallmyhairbands Thu 07-Nov-19 22:23:07

Normal day today, but when I got home, all the rocks in my front garden have been moved. They're roughly where they were, but they've been turned over or put back crooked, like someone was looking for a spare key sad

whereareallmyhairbands Thu 07-Nov-19 22:24:35

The call had no voice, just a background noise of a film.

whereareallmyhairbands Thu 07-Nov-19 22:25:48

I've got the cat inside with me tonight and put a piece of worktop (off cut) against the cat flap.

Candle1000 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:26:38

shock I’d be terrified

Ohnoherewego62 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:28:36

I second the book idea. Maybe put the TV on aswell and a couple of lights.

Are you ok?

JJSS123 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:30:23

Make sure your phone is charged and beside you at all times. Might be worth calling 101 and just letting them know something isn’t right so something is logged and you are known if you need to call 999. If you have a nice car or anything or watches or large amounts of cash put it all at the bottom of the stairs out of sight from a window but easy enough to grab if anyone does enter it’s better they can just take it you don’t want them near you.

HelpIHaveNothingToWear Thu 07-Nov-19 22:32:24

Oh that sounds scary! Could you ask a friend to stay?

TooSweetToBeSour Thu 07-Nov-19 22:34:21

I’d be asking my neighbours to keep an eye out for any people around your house, and definitely make sure doors and windows are locked (don’t leave keys in the locks!). Maybe leave a light on timer downstairs to go on and off at random?

Rinoachicken Thu 07-Nov-19 22:36:12

It’s possible someone was trying to gain entry via your cat flap - with a long piece of wire (coat hanger) it’s very possible to open a door this way.

The phone call could have been to see if anyone was home.

Add onto that the rocks, which like you say, could be looking for a key, yeah I think I’d be getting a burgled alarm fitted and probably calling 101.

CherryBathBomb Thu 07-Nov-19 22:37:22

Also leave the tv on and maybe a light downstairs.

Hope your ok.

Lifeisabeach09 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:40:53

1471 on the phone??
Report to 101 about moved rocks and catflap being wide open.

MrsBlobbys Thu 07-Nov-19 22:43:46

Have you got a lock on your bedroom door Op? Take your phone to bed if your not there now x

cannycat20 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:44:48

And could you maybe also think about some sensor lights, if you don't have them already? And until you can get a proper burglar alarm fitted, maybe think about a fake box? We lock the catflap at night when the kitties are in and then don't open it until breakfast time.

We've also just managed to get our smart sockets working with Alexa and other apps so we can turn things on remotely as well.

whereareallmyhairbands Thu 07-Nov-19 22:48:07

The cat flap thing freaks me out, I just googled and people really do try and get in using wire!!

If I leave a light on, do you think it would put anyone off trying to get in??

whereareallmyhairbands Thu 07-Nov-19 22:50:18

I think I need to get a bit tech savvy.

My son has just moved to university, or I'd have asked him to sort out a sensor light.

The cat keeps meowing to get out, but he's going to have to get used to being indoors!

Cuddling57 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:50:37

Amazon sell indoor cameras with sensors on that you can plug in and position anywhere in the house. Alerts your phone if any movement. May be reassuring whilst you are at work. About £30ish.

JJSS123 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:51:07

Maybe try light on in hall and lounge with tv on? Or all lights if your scared. Hope you’re ok was in this situation a few weeks ago xx

JJSS123 Thu 07-Nov-19 22:51:38

I’ll be up in the night feeding the baby if you want to check in x

willowhispers Thu 07-Nov-19 22:51:45

Be careful not to leave keys out in the same room as the cat flap. when i was younger and forgot my house keys I'd regularly use a bean pole from the garden through the flap to hook the keys off the side. same goes for the letter box

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