So I wake up this morning and go down to the car to head out to the office. When I get to my car (parked on the street outside my house) I see that the drivers side door is slightly open. I think to myself "Crap, it didn't shut all the way when I got home last night (2am) hopefully my battery isn't dead". When I get in, I see that my car stereo is missing, along with my cd flipcase, my cell phone car charger, and my checkbook. Great! I guess I'll not leave my car unlocked when I'm at home anymore. (I'm in the nice part of town, $400k+ houses)
I'm not too upset about the stereo and CD's, most of the CD's are all Christian artists/musicians, so whoever stole them needs them more than I do. My biggest annoyance is the check book. It was by business check book, so I had to go close that account, open a new one, get the funds transferred, now I'm working with my merchant account provider to update my banking info.
And what makes things more interesting, is that 2-3 weeks ago, a rock was thrown through my car window. My doors were unlocked then too, and nothing was stolen.
People suck. My vehicles have been broken into probably a dozen times in my life. That's why I left the city, funny thing was, when they broke into my van the last time, they stole a p-touch label maker and a $150 dewalt drill that was sitting underneath a $3500 pentascanner, haha... morons.
Did you notice that the cops couldn't give a crap either? Don't let it worry you too much amish_geek, write it off and keep going.
ximat, I lived in a craphole lower class community (I'm not ashamed) when I got robbed all the time. 400+k neighborhoods seem to be robbed often only when they're really close to a highway, at least that's the trend around Boston.
I haven't been robbed once (knock on wood) since moving to the burbs 3 years ago. Plus, as a bonus, the girl at Dunkin Donuts speaks English! Woohoo!
Well, vehicles in higher class neighborhoods tend to have car alarms. They also tend to have better neighborhood watch programs and other theif deterrences.... Maybe its because I live on the edge of it, near a pretty busy road.
There are a couple houses with other college students a few blocks away.... It was drunk college students that broke my car window a couple weeks ago. Funny thing is, there arent any bars in the area...
Originally posted by amish_geek I guess I'll not leave my car unlocked when I'm at home anymore.
Here in Quebec, the cops gives tickets to thoses who leave the doors unlocked. Either at the mall or at home, lock the doors, cause if the cops check you car, they'll gladly lock them for you, and leave a ticket (25$-35$ IIRC).
Personnaly, I'd never leave my doors unlocked anywhere. When I have passengers, I always check their doors once they exit the car, cause so many people just don't think about locking them ...
My trick: Buy a normal car (not too expensiove, so it doesn't attract the bad guys) and if you leave stuff in it, hide it, so people looking thru the windows won't see anything interesting. I also have a detachable face for my stereo, but I only remove it when going to unsafe place, like the hotel or when I park in bigger cities (quebec, montreal).
Sounds paranoid ? Well, it doesn't hurt to be just a little bit safer...
*Knock on wood*
If it happens too often, leave a CD in your car, with "banking info" written on it. And on the CD, record your voice saying "If you'Re listening to this, it's probably because you stole my car. As this is playing, a transmission is made to find your positions and the cops will soon find it..."
Some croocks are sooo stupid, they'll be scared to death !! (and they deserved to be scared)
Sorry to hear about the break in. I know what that's like. Not too long ago (while in Keylargo), my rental was broken into. Altogether my cousin, my brother and I had about $2500 worth of stuff stolent (Laptop, camcorder,etc), the worst part was my 'george size' wallet with my IDs , etc in it.
That's awful. The scariest part is the checking account...glad to see you've got that fixed though. Hopefully no damage can be done.
On a side note, MDJ2000: the reason cops may seem like they don't care is because think about it...how many robberies or car thefts or cars broken into do you think they deal with on a daily basis? Cops are only human after all. After awhile, it just becomes another thing they have to write down on 16 forms.
Well, I can't park in the garage, because I live with a family, and their 2 cars are in the garage. so the 3 of us college students that live there get to park on the street.
I drive a 97 mercury tracer sedan, and its the ugly ford booger silver/green color. Its kind of a mess, and I have stuff in the back window (a book or two, a floppy drive with cable attached, the box for my cell phone) My stereo was the pioneer DEH-1000, an old deck. I actually got the deck with my old car. It came with a 93 sunbird that I had, and I removed it when I junked the car when the engine died. I still have the factory deck that came with the tracer, so I dont have to go out and buy a new one, but the factory one is a tape/radio, so I can't listen to CDs, but all my CD's were stolen too, so that doesnt matter much. (Although they failed to take my visor cd holder, so I still have about 12 of my favorite cds that I listened to the most).
But like I said before... it's just stuff, a minor inconvenience that I had to get my checking account changed, but other than that, it happened, I can't do anything to change it, I move on.