So, my neighbour’s alarm sounds and I go round there with a key and a Big Stick.
There is no sign of an interloper but, to my dismay, I note that one of the bedrooms has been totally trashed. Items have been removed from cupboards and are strewn across the floor. Clothes are hanging out of drawers. One of the drawers is upside down on the bed, which is also covered by CDs, books, and documents of various kinds, including bank statements and cheque books. Two pictures on the wall hang awry, and ornaments lie as if discarded on chairs and cushions. Someone has been through this room looking for something with clear criminal intent. I call 999.
It turns out the alarm is faulty and the son (aged 30) is just an extremely untidy person.
Whenever I have been to the house since that time I’ve taken every opportunity to sneak a look inside that room.
It is immaculate.