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Cause for alarm: Security system at former president Bush's Houston home was broken for more than a year

Security alarm system at Bush's Houston home was broken for a year

While former president George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush did not appear to be in danger, their Tanglewood-area home remained without a security alarm system for more than year, according to a new government report.

The system was not replaced until a few months ago.

The Washington Post reports that officials rejected a request to fix the alarm system and instead added an additional agent who rotated positions around the property, which is located on a gated street off of North Post Oak Lane.

"The 20-year-old alarm system stopped working in September 2013 and was not replaced for at least 13 months, until November or December of 2014," the Post wrote, citing a report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general.

While there were no known intruders or security breaches during the period in question, there were concerns within the agency about the safety of the Houston residence and the Bush family, according to the report.

The report is part of a review examining technology and security systems for the White House and the residences of former presidents and current top officials, following a number of recent security breaches at the White House.

On Thursday, Bush tweeted support of the Secret Service:

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Barbara and George H.W. Bush, right, posed with Phoebe and Bobby Tudor in file photo. Fulton Davenport: PWL Studio
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