Neighbourhood Watch

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium
A short story inspired by an Imaginarium House one word prompt.

Submitted: September 04, 2017

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Neighbourhood Watch

Fred Baker was an avid proponent of Neighbourhood Watch. Like his neighbours, the front of his house was adorned by a CCTV camera to deter burglars. Although not a really affluent street, the people who lived in the area were okay, not too short of cash and what it could get them.

He was as fond of technology as the next guy. Fred had his Smart phone and his Smart TV; his laptop; his digital this and his digital that! And he had it all carefully protected with good old antivirus software. One could never be too careful when it came to keeping personal information safe.

There was definitely more thought going in to online security. But there had been a noticeable deterioration in the care that was taken over the houses. Neighbours were leaving windows open, forgetting to lock doors. The Neighbourhood Watch scheme had never been more important.

If anyone noticed his camera was angled slightly differently to the others, they never questioned it. He knew which car belonged to which house and was well aware of all the comings and goings.

And it was relatively easy for him to work it out, to keep a track in code, what with all his high tech equipment. When funds got a bit too short out he would go, not through the front door but the back. He knew who wasn’t in, just where to check, and when the police came around enquiring about a robbery – well, Fred would not know, he was at work.

Life had not been so easy for a burglar in a long time.

 


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