Post # 1
H and I have a box trailer that we have outside our house and we use it for storage. Well I noticed this morning that the locks were cut. Last night was the first night that I closed all the windows because it was cold. So I didn’t hear anything. The dogs never barked. They managed to take H’s bike ($1700), camping gear, all of H’s tools, baby items, random boxes of stuff that I don’t know is missing yet. The bike hurts the most. H has done a lot of triathlons with it so there is sentimental attachment.
I’m just angry. I’m angry that people have the balls to come onto my property and steal from me. The stuff I worked so hard for. I have to keep reminding myself that it is just STUFF and it can be replaced. I’m very grateful that it wasn’t my house and that we are okay. But I also have this feeling now that the house is being watched. For the first time I’m uneasy about being alone with my child. H is on a work trip for another month.
I took anything else of value out of the trailer, put new locks on and filed a police report. I’m not sure if there is anything else that can be done.
Anyone else been through someting like this?
Post # 2
AwkwardCoconut: Sorry this happened to you. It does leave you feeling vunerable. My condo was broken into the first year I lived here. I had security bars installed on all the windows and patio door (I am on the ground floor). They look just like window panes so they are not too obvious.
One suggestion I have for you is to install motion activated lights if you don’t already have them. They really help to deter thieves.
Post # 3
julies1949: sadly we do have a motion activated light and a security system on the house.
Did they ever catch the person? Get any of your stuff back?
Post # 4
Not quite the same but about 6 months ago someone graffied the side of our house. We live in a big boring suburban neighborhood. The only home tagged out of about 1600 in the development. The police think someone marked us because we have 2 large German shepards and they want to use them for dog fighting. Apparently that happens in our town. Bad enough to take them but to do so in order to hurt or kill them?!?! We installed a security system, have better lighting and make sure they are safe when we are not home. I scrubbed off the tag as soon as I could
Post # 5
theatrejulia: OMG that’s the worst nightmare I can think of!!
My car was stolen a few years ago and then my new cat was broken into as well! The violated feeling is terrible. I’m so sorry, OP!
Post # 6
Ask your local police to do a safety and security inspection. They will make recomendations to make your home more secure. Insurance companies will sometimes offer inspections and recommendations and discounts also.
Jules1949 has a good idea about the motion lights, please remember to put up high enough (over 10 feet) that a tall person cannot reach up and unscrew the them. (A tall kid (6’8″) I knew, always was asked to be a part of every TPing in highschool because he could do this.) Also back the trailer up so that the door is against a wall or something and put a hitch lock on the hitch. That way to rob the trailer, thieves will need to work a lot harder.
Post # 7
AwkwardCoconut: No and no. The police did send an officer, which surprised me as I thought it was a complete waste of their time.
Luckily it was just stuff.
You can also get motion activated alarms to add where the lock on the trailer is. That should send them running.
Post # 8
theatrejulia: OMG. That is awful. It would break my heart if my dogs were stolen. And that is what I keep reminding myself. My Dear Daughter is safe and my animals are safe.
julies1949: Our PD didn’t even send an officer. You just fill out an online report. That probably makes it worse because I feel like nobody even cares.
A motion alarm for the trailer is a great idea though. Thank you.
Kelani23: Few months back one of our cars was ransacked. Nothing was taken. Darling Husband forgot the lock the doors. 🙁
We are moving soon and I really can’t wait. Problem now, is that I will either have to rent this house or try to sell it. Both will be difficult with all the crime lately.
Post # 9
AwkwardCoconut: That’s just really awful – I’m sorry. Like you say, it may only be ‘stuff’, but it was your stuff and the feeling of having your personal space invaded and violated is distressing.
It’s a bit different, but we had two middle of the night arson attacks directly behind our set of flats at the bus depot. Turns out those buses go up quite dramatically but fortunately we only had some superficial damage to the outside of our building. Still, the feeling of someone creeping through our property to commit such a malicious and dangerous attack while we were sleeping was very unsettling for a while.
I hope that the feelings wear off soon and that you regain your comfort at home. It sounds like a bit of an opportunistic crime and hopefully you won’t have to deal with anything like this again.
Sending you my best!
Post # 10
Several years ago my house was robbed while I was out of town. They came in through the third floor balcony. Just kicked the doors open, took the TV, and walked out the back door. While I was relieved that they didn’t take anything that couldn’t be replaced I was very angry that the police did absolutely nothing. The only way to access my balcony was from the neighbors balcony and the neighbors would have seen me leave and take the dogs. Despite that the police didn’t even ask anyone in the building if they’d seen anything. That was what was most frustrating. My home had been violated and most likely the people next door were involved and I couldn’t do anything about it. A week later my downstairs neighbor was robbed the same way- door kicked in. I moved as soon as my lease was up and I’m much more vigilant about safety now. Particularly as now I only have a chihuahua to protect me since my older dog passed away. Having a dog is one of the best deterrents for burglars
Post # 11
AwkwardCoconut: I am so sorry this happened to you.
theatrejulia: the thought of someone marking your house in order to steal your dogs makes my blood run cold. How terrible.
Post # 12
I’m so sorry! People have some nerve!
Post # 13
AwkwardCoconut: Gosh I’m so sorry. Sadly, I know the feeling because we were burglized about 4 years ago too. They kicked right through the front door in broad daylight on a Wednesday while we were at work. They walked off with all my jewelery and of course were never found. My dog was home at the time, and i think luckily he was crated, so he wasn’t hurt. They definitely took my sense of security, I still have a 2×4 across the foyer to this day so theres no way that door can get kicked in again.
Post # 14
When I lived with some roommates, someone broke into our house while we were sleeping, stole laptops and cell phones in the living room, and left.
Luckily none of my stuff was stolen because I kept everything in my bedroom. But I was completely freaked out by the idea that someone was in our house while I was sleeping. I felt really unsafe in the house for a few nights after but eventually things got better.
It’s a huge violation, and it’s super creepy, but hopefully it amounts to nothing but an inconvenience. Stay safe! *hugs*
Post # 15
AwkwardCoconut: I know how you feel, a little bit. I had my car window smashed in when I lived in FL. They took a bunch of stuff including a camera. I was literally out of the car for like 5 minutes. Then my current husband has had his car broken into twice in 2 different neighborhoods we’ve lived in. Like you say, it’s just “stuff”, but it’s maddening because we are not rich people and work hard for our “stuff”. AND you feel so violated. We leave our outside light on every night.