For my story, a woman does not want to testify at a criminal hearing against people that are after her. She refuses in order to safeguard herself, but is forced to appear in court by subpoena. Because she is being forced to testify, she wants police protection, but the police will not give her any since she refuses to give any statements, or cooperate in any way, other than being subpoenaed to do so. So since she cannot get any protection, she decides to stage an attempted break in, at her house, and attempted tampering with the phone lines and what not, to make it appear that someone was trying to break in and attack her. This way she gets the police to look at it, where she will hope to convince them to get her protection. However I am wondering on how to fool the reader into not guessing that she staged the attempted break in herself, since I want it to be a surprise for the reader later. The reader will probably guess that it's possible she could have done it herself, since none of the break in is actually shown. She is a main supporting character in the story who gets lots of time, but then all of a sudden it just skips over the break in, she reported without showing it. The reader will think this is suspicious that the writer chose to skip over it and will probably conclude that she very well could have done it herself therefore. So I would like to create a red herring to keep the reader from figuring it out. I was thinking that the people that are after her, could go to her house to break in and silence her, and on the way, they talk over their plan one more time, then are going to break in and sneak up to her house. The story then goes to inside her house, she calls the police and the gang, hears the police being routed there, on their scanners, and take off therefore. This sort of can create the thought in the reader's mind, that it was them who attempted to break in, in order to take suspicion off of her, where she did it as part of her ruse, and had no idea that the people after her came close to, almost at the same time, right after. It's not a coincidence since both parties had reason to break in. The one party has reason to silence her, where as she, has reason to get protection, if it means manufacturing a good enough reason herself. But it is coincidental timing in the sense that they almost came across each other, at the same time of the night. What do you think? If I write it so that she attempts no break in at her own place at all, and the gang after her, just does the break in instead, but she has a reason for doing it herself that says something about her character and I would like to keep that about her character and have her do it therefore. What do you think? Does it come off as the timing being too coincidental or odd in any way?