A woman is crediting her Bullmastiff dog, Gage, with preventing a break-in at her Hannibal home early Tuesday morning.


A woman is crediting her Bullmastiff dog, Gage, with preventing a break-in at her Hannibal home early Tuesday morning.
The woman, who declined to provide her name, said the dog began “barking, growling and sniffing at the door” around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“He’s never done that before. He never goes out in the middle of the night and he’s never growled. I should have known something then,” she said. “If not for my dog they probably would have got in.”
The woman, who lives in the Cardiff Hill area, realized someone was trying to break into her house later Tuesday morning when she noticed the screen had been removed from her front window.
“There was somebody out there, I just didn’t realize it at the time,” she said.
The woman suspects the break-in attempt stems from a phone call she received about two weeks ago. A person identifying himself as a representative of ADT Security Services called offering to install a system for free if an ADT sign could be placed in her yard. The man asked for some general information as he claimed to be running a credit check.
“All they wanted was my name and address and like a dumb *** I gave it to him,” she said, adding he also inquired as to how many people lived at the residence, if there was a security system already in place and if she had pets. “I became suspicious because you can’t run a credit check without a Social Security number and they didn’t ask for that. Now I’m really nervous because they have my address.”
A representative of ADT told the woman Tuesday that the company would not be making phone inquiries such as the one she received, nor would it install a system at no charge.
The attempted break-in and apparent scam were reported to the Hannibal police. According to the woman, the police had not received comparable reports yet.
“Probably I’m not the only one this has happened to,” she said.