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post #1 of 65
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So yesterday I came home from a long, hard day at the shop to find my house in shambles- every room torn to shreds and turned upside down. Apparently crackheads broke in through a basement window, ransacked my entire house and stole anything that they could fit though said window. Laptops, ipods, video cameras (including the one I just got for skiing w/ helmet cam), a digital camera, my ipod alarm, my nugs, some old coins my great grandma gave me(worth nothing), my $2 bill collection and a bunch of other stuff. How do I know they were crackheads? They stole all the change in my change bottle in my room. Definite crackhead move. I didn't post anything about it last night because I was still too mad and didn't want to think about it or talk about it. And it took the cops over two hours to show up- thanks guys. I just thank God crackheads don't ski- my two sets of boots and skis were just thrown around my room, not taken. I estimate I got taken for well over $2k and my roommates about the same. Hopefully my renter's insurance will pay for it, but it's not likely. I'm just venting, and being sort of thankful they didn't take my ski stuff. I spent the night last night cleaning my house, taking inventory, finding prices on motion-sensing cameras and alarms, and also calling up my parents friend who breeds German Shepards. This will never happen to me again. It's sad that I'm going to be spending my ski-stuff-savings on security now- but hey life's a bitch, then you get robbed. Thanks for reading while I vent... Sorry for the downer...
post #2 of 65
Do work, sorry to hear about your bummer. A little late for this advice, but, for anyone else, take pictures of your entire house, interior and exterior. Take pics especially of any possessions worth money. Write down serial #s and product descriptions. Put it all in a bank safety deposit box with all your other legal papers. I too have had a robbery and even tho nothing was recovered the homeowners insurance payed off with the supporting photos and descriptions. Oh update periodically as you purchase new stuff.
post #3 of 65
And keep those receipts too! My skis gone missing for nearly a week when I come back from my last trip. After 4 days, they (the airline people) start telling me how to file a lost luggage report. That's when I found out I need receipts for anything over $100 (skis obviously)! Boy, what a scramble to my file cabinet!!! Fortunately this time for me, the luggage turn up on day 6.

DoWork, sorry to hear about your lose. Glad you're ok personally. If there's anything worse than getting your house rob, it's getting rob at knife point (happened to my Dad).
post #4 of 65
Not to downplay your loss or feeling of being violated- but it's just "STUFF" that can be replaced. Be thankful they didn't do this while you were present and cause physical harm to you, your family, room mates or pets!

Document your "STUFF" so that when this happens (not IF) you will be able to present a solid case to your insurance company. Try to sit and think what you own should it all be missing when you get home- I bet you miss some pretty major stuff once you get home and look around!
post #5 of 65
When I saw this thread I thought I was going to read about another ski theft at the resort, but then I read this. Man I am really sorry to hear this. I hope it works out for you. On the bright side, like you said, at least they didnt get the boots!
post #6 of 65
Thread Starter 
Thanks, guys... yeah, believe me we made a rediculously complete inventory last night... They sure got a bunch of stuff, but as I said before, they never even touched the front door and like a true crackhead simply took anything that they could fit out the window.

I thank God they only took "stuff"... although it really hurts more to know some standing pile of excrement sat in my room and literally tore everything out of everywhere, dumping out boxes, bags and drawers...

The biggest bummer is that the money I had all set aside for my ski stuff and vacas has to now be spent on replacing some items and paying for a little extra security around the casa... I'm going to have to get creative this coming season, to say the least.

Thanks for the support, though... Good ideas with the recording and such- seriously people it can never happen to you until it does. Take precautions.
post #7 of 65
If its any consolation, people that do that are probably going to get themselves shot sooner or later. That, or the drugs will kill them.

Not like that fact brings back your stuff though. That sucks.

I'd probably be more concerned with feeling unsafe than with my stuff being gone.
post #8 of 65
Thread Starter 
Maggot- exactly.
post #9 of 65
Put bars on the bsmt windows and take the cost off your rent.

Or have a monitored alarm system installed. Cheap per month cost.
post #10 of 65
That's a total bummer. I can't even imagine.
post #11 of 65
I hate that - happened to my mom once at an apartment she lived in in the city. Solution was ultimately to move. It's the personal violation thing that's the worst (and subsequent feeling of insecurity), not necessarily the stuff although that sucks too.

As far as what to do? Yup - cameras or system if you can. At minimum fix the entries and get a key box, after changing locks. If they got in and took a key they can duplicate it and get your stuff later.
post #12 of 65
We have both an alarm and a rather large dog. It is my personal opinion that the dog and beware of dog signs do more to deter theives than the alarm does.The phone lines and power outside the house could be very easily cut. It takes a bit more to kill a dog inorder to commit a crime. Or, if you get hit and the dog isn't affected odds are the culpret was someone that knows you. Of the five or six times friends of mine have been robbed, more than half of the time it turned out to be a neighbor or someone else that already knew the victom. Once it was the exterminator that came every three months..
post #13 of 65
Thread Starter 
Yeah, a big smelly German Shepard should do the trick- I have always owned them and have wanted one lately, but now I feel like I NEED one... Nothing is scarier than a big, angry dog- a camera can't chew your face off, but I'm still getting them.

I highly suspect someone from my neighborhood or nearby is at fault- my detective buddy told me that there was another break-in with the same MO not far from my house, same day- and today he fingerprinted my change jar, which was obviously carried around the house before it was emptied- the other house was also printed. I guess there's a good chance his prints are in the system if he's a repeat offender (many crackheads/thieves are) and we'll know for sure if it's the same guy either way. Also, my next door neighbor (really cool) said she saw a beat up gray truck across from my house around the time of the break-in (I'm at the end of a dead end street), so there's another piece of the puzzle and my buddy is a hell of a detective who is now really pissed off. But yeah, I get to go to pawn shops after work today to look for my stuff... YAAAAAAAY! Honestly, I'm a realistic guy and I know the likelihood of catching the dude or getting anything back is slim to none, but hey at least somebody's doing something.
post #14 of 65
Sorry about your break in, that's really terrible.
If you get a dog, are you going to take it skiing? Check out the dog pic thread somewhere here.

this is classic:
I just thank God crackheads don't ski- my two sets of boots and skis were just thrown around my room, not taken. -DoWork
post #15 of 65

House Burglarized

DoWork, bad news! Remember if you get attached to a dog they can be poisoned or shot very easily. Brinks Alarm, Audible and Silent works good and is very reasonable prrice. If you feel so inclined some of your property will show up at pawn shops and/or flea markets if you want to take a look. $2.00 bill collection at coin shops ? Good luck.
post #16 of 65
DoWork, I'm glad you weren't home.

I would imagine it sucks (for lack of a better word) to come home and realize that your things are gone.

But seriously, thank god you weren't home. It's human nature to defend one's self. That could have been ugly.

Not to flip the situation, but- count your blessings, mate. God took you out of the house and away from what could have ended in disaster.

You, or anyone, being home doesn't mean lights would have been on to discourage intruders. Crack-heads don't likely think very logically.

On the bright side- thank grandma for the coins! They paid off by getting that loser out of your house before you entered to find him struggling with something heavier and more worth-while.


It's the little things, mate. Miracles and destiny have nothing to do with virgins giving birth. As one who could influence the human-race, would it make sense to use methods that spark global-controversy and grand-doubt to accomplish your goals? No. If you wanted to alter the human-race by influencing the decisions those humans make, it would be much more efficient to use tools that shed no doubt... tools that remained in the shadows. Meaning... you believed that those coins were just coins-worth-nothing. Your grandma likely didn't even see it coming. That- is how the Gods work. The skeptics call it coincidence because they can't believe that the Gods would be so humble as to not make their presence known. For the skeptics, identity has a definition. Hence the struggle that has made up every, single world-belief system worldwide for multi-millenia. You thank god, or you shrug it off... for whatever reason.

So- thank grandma for the coins. Those are coins that will not bridge your brow across the River Stix- whether you're monotheistic, polytheistic, or atheistic. One God, many Gods, or no god. Either way, those coins played a role.
post #17 of 65
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post #18 of 65
As a retired asst. D.A., let me encourage you, if this scum is caught, to show up for court every time your case is listed. Don't let them wear you down with continuances. And make sure your DA's office knows who you are and that you're interested. I was hit a couple of times myself many years ago, and since I was on good terms with the local detectives, my guys were caught, and it sounds like yours might be too. After my incidents, I got a monitored alarm system and a dog, and no more problems. Even the sound of barking will scare off the casual types, which is what your guys sounded like -- they don't want the hassle, and will just move on to easier pickings. Good luck. And if they are caught, ask for restitution as a condition of any probation or parole. You might not get much, but it'll be satisfying.
post #19 of 65
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
We have both an alarm and a rather large dog. It is my personal opinion that the dog and beware of dog signs do more to deter theives than the alarm does.The phone lines and power outside the house could be very easily cut. It takes a bit more to kill a dog inorder to commit a crime. Or, if you get hit and the dog isn't affected odds are the culpret was someone that knows you. Of the five or six times friends of mine have been robbed, more than half of the time it turned out to be a neighbor or someone else that already knew the victom. Once it was the exterminator that came every three months..
I have a dog, who is very protective of me, and I'm sure would bite any intruders, but thats a messed up way to treat your dog. I do not want him to get hurt, I love my pup. From a "security" standpoint, his only job is to have great hearing and bark if he hears anything weird. Then he would get locked in the closet while me and mr 12 gauge guard the stairway.

While merely having a dog might deter some criminals, I really don't think it would be too hard to get past even big dogs, two guys with baseball bats would probably make pretty short work of most dogs, and then your dog is all messed up and you're still going to get robbed.

If you are responsible, level headed, and have some time/money to practice, a gun is a much better plan than a dog.
post #20 of 65
The point is that having a dog of any sort makes your address a less desireable target. There are plenty of places to rob that don't need the extra effort of dealing with the dog.
post #21 of 65
Count yourself lucky that you were not robbed. Material possessions are less important than your physical well-being, which would have been in jeopardy had you been robbed.

Being burgled isn't much fun either though. It brings a lot of ugly feelings to the surface, as to what you might do if you caught the culprits. I'm not as nice as I like to think I am, and I pray that I would be able to think about it and not carry out the thoughts that first sprung to mind when someone stole my daughter's bike out of our garage a few years ago.

I agree that having a big dog is a deterrent so long as the burglars are not professional after big tickets and have easier targets.
post #22 of 65
Thread Starter 
Maggot, believe me I'm all over that. I didn't want to bring up guns because I figured I'd have people crawling up my arse about 'em... But let's just say that being a lawful, responsible, clean-record-having business owner makes it very, very easy to obtain an all-lawful permit for someone who's taken as many firearms courses as I have... Smith & Wesson Academy & Shooting Center is five minutes from my house. It's just a huge responsibility I didn't want until now. Take all my stuff- it really doesn't matter. I'll buy it again, newer and better. Try to kill me however, and you'll be getting picked up with a sponge, I promise...

A dog, especially to a non-pro burglar, is a definite "next house"... There is no better deterrent than two large barking dogs, unless you really have something to hide or defend, which I really don't. All you have to do is make them think a different house might be easier or less dangerous, and your house is straight. Most thieves are lazy addicts looking for an easy fix. Not to mention the last time a crackhead saw a shepherd, it was probably a police dog biting them in the a$$. I'm getting my old dog Rubicon (Ruby Doobie! YESSSSS!) back from the parents as we speak. I figure she should do until I can get my cam system in. She's diesel. I'll be posting pics of her as soon as I go pick her up and buy another camera, probably in a couple of days.

See? Not all bad! I get my pup back! YAY!
post #23 of 65
I understand how you feel violated with a robbery. sorry. Been there.

Just to clarify. Dogs are our companions and one hell of a social animal that get along great with humans for the most part. Monitored alarm systems are used for protecting our valuables. Getting a gun is for protecting yourself and not your possessions. Pump shotgun is a good choice. Just the sound of pumping the shotgun will send most burglars scrambling to get outside, which is what you want. Its a peace of mind thing when your home. When your at home or not at home, I would recommend the monitored alarm system which comes with a sticker for the front door. While your at it get one of those NEW MEMBER of THE NRA stickers. Maybe he will get the hint. If you leave your TV on they may think someone is home.

Push the politician for more drug treatment centers, which I believe is a better return on tax payers investment versus more police officers, more lawyers, more incarceration at $30,000+ a year. . Drug addiction is a disease. treat the problem not the symptom. Yes grand theft is a crime. Availability to early treatment is the better choice. The goal is to turn drug addicts into law biding hard working tax payers.
post #24 of 65
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LOOK OUT CRACKHEADS! Blowin' off the dust down at S&Dub w/ my fav, the Performance Center 945 (.45 cal)... Can you say LAAAAAAAZER!? Drug treatment centers are for pussies.

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post #25 of 65
Too bad you got hit. Put heavy metal grating or bars on the basement windows. I had a break in quite a while ago and unfortunately for the perp. I caught him in the house. I waited a little while before calling the cops. Poor schmuck sort of fell down the stairs. Go with the 12 gauge instead of the .45. First one is rock salt or birdshot 2nd is 00 buckshot.
post #26 of 65
Maggot, glad you said it. "Time to get a gun" popped into my head. It's a song: Fred Eaglesmith. I love that song, it's appropriate for around here.

We have two black dogs with bad ass barks. Nobody just walks into the yard. They are on the fence (invisible) and roam the yard freely - one acre's worth. They don't bite but they scary. UPS guy shows up, they jump right into the front looking for bones. If a stranger walks up to them while they are barking, they come right over for a pat. In the house at night, if anything happens they bark like hell. A robber would have to think twice about entering.

I was last in Springfield was in 1976 and a guy stuck a gun in my face. Apparently he didn't like me

Forget about the hand gun and go with a shotgun - you don't have to be as good an aim.
post #27 of 65
If you are responsible, level headed, and have some time/money to practice, a gun is a much better plan than a dog.
Gun is good for defending your personal safety. But if you're NOT home and the thief stole your gun, you have more hassle than just having your TV stolen.

Alarm is probably the safer option, for deterring thief that is.
post #28 of 65
Thread Starter 
Just so we're clear, I'm getting a monitored alarm (yes, with stickers), a dog (have 'er back mid-week), and guns (with proper bolted-in, locked storage that can't be taken without an excavator). Mossberg 500 for home, S&W s-frame 1911 .45 for the road. It's gonna be expensive, but I could have almost paid for it with what I lost already, so time to stop stalling and just do it. Your safety is often taken for granted but I'm done living in a dream world where it can't happen to me. Many good points here about security and steps to take- I hope people out there are considering taking security measures to avoid similar unpleasantries. Your stuff can be replaced, but your life can't.

Believe me, Springfield hasn't gotten any cuddlier since 1976. I'm taking precautions now.
post #29 of 65
It sucks, I know. I've been there, twice in 5 years. The feeling of knowing someone was in your space is worse than the loss of "stuff". The worst for my wife was all the family jewelry that can't be replaced and for me my grandfather's tools, again, that can't be replaced. Have the alarm system since the 2nd one, hate it. I wish I could live without it.

You'll never get a complete list to the insurance. A year from now, you'll be looking for something that you never find and realize it was stolen as well and you never claimed it.

Thieves SUCK.
post #30 of 65
Originally Posted by DoWork View Post
Hopefully my renter's insurance will pay for it, but it's not likely.
Why don't you think the renter's insurance will pay for your stuff? Isn't that what it's for?

I had my bike stolen out of my garage one night after my girlfriend mistakenly left it open. My renter's insurance replaced it with barely a question asked. No receipts... nothing but a police report.

Don't let your insurance company get off the hook. You paid good money for that insurance-- make sure they hold up their end of the bargain.
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