Friday, February 10, 2006

CSI: Sensational Acres — day 12

Insurance pays off.

Bless my homeowner's insurance company: they just called with a settlement for my stolen laptop — a very generous settlement, considering the machine's age. And they'll deposit the money directly into my bank account in 3 to 5 business days.

Where did they get that nice big figure? They calculated how much it would cost to buy a comparable new laptop of the same brand. They even supplied a model number in case I want to check.

The settlement amount is more than the price of the security system I'm considering.


The security consultant comes tonight, and he's in for a grilling. My friend Senor Editor gave me a heads-up on some issues to address — like the fact that an alarm system doesn't actually physically prevent someone from entering the house. And will my cats set off motion sensors and trigger the alarm? And what about having windows open during nice weather? Can the alarm company set me up with a device to keep a window from being opened wide enough for someone to crawl through, or do I have to go elsewhere for hardware? That sort of thing.

If this security guy (or another) can satisfy my mind, I'll use the insurance money to buy the alarm system — in which case the thief will have paid to make my home more secure.

As bad luck goes, mine is pretty damn good.


  • So sorry the old machine was lifted, Jugglernaut. But hey! What a rebound,eh? Good luck on the new laptop and enjoy!

    By Blogger Michael Manning, at 3:03 PM  

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