The historic house was an imposing brick mansion built in the 1810s and I lived in a small caretaker’s house about 20 feet away. This was in the backwoods, so to deter trespassing and vandalism the county had built an 8-foot tall fence around the entire 5-acre parcel and put barbed wire on top of the fence. I mention this all just to show it was basically impossible.
One night, after working late at another property, I pulled up to my entrance gate, let myself in, locked it behind me, and then drove the 100 yards down the gravel road to my house. There were no lights on the property so I could only see by my headlights.