Take That!

Whew! Today I have a tale to tell. I came back from cycling the other day and spotted a trash can knocked over. Someone was so thoughtless as to leave everything strewn wildly about. It was so annoying that I got back on my bike and sped away. I didn’t return for hours. It wasn’t easy in the hot New Mexico sun. Fortunately, I had one bottle of water left in my carrier. To my chagrin, I must report that it happened again. I had already picked up the trash and now there was a ton more. I was livid with rage.

I started thinking about installing a spy camera in the alley but found out that the cheapest one is still too pricey. I may cave in if it happens again. I would be able to review the tape and then turn it over to the police. Was it a neighborhood kid, a vandal, an enemy of some kind? Someone did it for the fun of it. Nothing was taken as far as I could tell, not that I put valuables in the trash can. I would love to get my dirty hands on the culprit and wring his neck (I assumed it was a male. They are good at terrorizing.)

The reason for this blog is to vent. The trash was kicked again and I wasn’t about to clear up the debris myself. I let it sit. Meanwhile, I called the police to see if anyone else had this same problem. They said yes and that they were looking for the mystery person. They would let me know if and when he was caught. Meanwhile they suggested motion light sensors strategically placed to signal when he had arrived. They gave me some ideas and printed out a post from Outdoor Light and Sound that showed the best locations to install a motion sensor light. As for the trash kicker, I will say “take that!”

The technology involved is simple and they are designed first and foremost for security. If anyone walks by a light sensor, an alarm will go on. This alerts the police or the alarm service to arrive promptly in response. They are also handy in the house. Imagine your hands full of heavy laundry and you need the light to go on in the utility area. The sensors can be programmed to turn them on in a flash. I have seen these in use in public bathrooms so the proprietor of a store or restaurant doesn’t have to keep the light on, thus incurring a huge electricity bill. You can use them in the bathroom if you are sleepy and tend to walk into walls in the middle of the night. You can program this sensor to activate the dim switch. Later it reverts to full illumination. The next place to consider is the patio or garage. The switches are not always in convenient places. See how much I have learned!