The Burglar Alarm: How Long Till I Forget...

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My downtown guesthouse apartments each have a burglar alarm that I always have on if a guest isn't scheduled in there that night.

Anybody want to wager on how long it will be before I forget to turn the alarm off when a guest is coming in that night? Imagine walking in to a screaming keypad asking you to enter the code (a code you do not know) within 30 seconds or Barney Fife and Gomer Pile will be arriving with guns drawn.

It's already happened to my sister, who went in the other day to show some of her friends the new apartments. She didn't get the code in right and 4 police cars arrived within 1 minute (plus the outside siren going off). At least I know the system works and the police are prompt (the guesthouse is only 1 block from the police station).

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Arkie, I don't have to imagine it!  I LIVED it!!!  Years & years ago as guests to a B&B in my childhood hometown.  Two sisters owned the B&B, neither lived on site.  We were walk-ins and the sister that checked us in failed to tell the 2nd who had stopped by to check on things. 

When we returned, late with 2 tired children, the alarm sounded as DH opened the door.  Then the inn phone rang, the security co. and told DH to stay at the door as the police were on their way.  The policeman (more like Andy than Barney) was almost laughing at the site as he got out of the car.  He said 'y'all sure look like trouble'.  As we all waited for the 'all clear' from the security co., we chatted and found out the policeman knew my father well.  He said he recalled me as a child.  He then told me this happened (at this B&B) far more often than he cared to admit but this was the first time he felt threatened in responding (har har) 

Ark's - we do joke about this from time to time but please find some 2ndary reminder system for this.  Even though the story is a great one for me now, I am sure that if there had been online reviews back then I may not have been so jovial as I am now on the subject. 

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copperhead wrote:

Ark's - we do joke about this from time to time but please find some 2ndary reminder system for this. 

You're right. I should make it part of my regular process that when a reservation comes in, at the same time I program their keypad codes and set their keypad schedule (you tell it the arrival/departure date and time period during which the code will work) I should also set an iPhone reminder to make sure the alarm is off before they arrive. Absoulutely cannot trust myself to remember it every time unless I set a reminder!

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yes

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One of our neighbor's fire alarm went off almost everyday during breakfast. Everyone would see the fire trucks pulling up outside and wonder what was going on. After the third time the FD told them there would be a $100 fine for every 'non real emergency call' they had to answer.

They got the fire alarm fixed.

Maybe that sheriff should have told those innkeepers the same thing...

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It's $1000 a shot around here.

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Around here, you have at least 10 minutes before you see a policeman show up. At 1 minute response time, I wouldn't be calling them Barney Fyfe!

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