(Closed) Words of advice?? Our house was broken in to…

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Oh wow – I’m so sorry that this happened to you! It’s such an overwhelming invasion of your privacy. Not only are sentimental and valuable things taken from you, many of which are likely irreplaceable, but you also have to deal with the anxiety, stress and paranoia of the aftermath.

Have you and your husband discussed getting a home alarm system? That might offer some additional peace of mind. In regards to “getting over it” – the best thing you can do is try and get back into your old routines, speak freely about how you’re feeling and just take it day-by-day. It will eventually ebb and you will start feeling comfortable again – it just takes time.

I’m glad to hear that you are ok and that your dog wasn’t hurt as well!!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think getting an alarm will help you with piece of mind.  I had a coworker have the same thing happen and she lost all her jewelry including irreplaceable things from childhood friends.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m glad you are ok and that your dog wasn’t hurt.

I’m surprised they went into a home with a dog. I studied criminal justice and stats say that, even if a dog isn’t a threatening one or a big one, they usually will make noise and that’s enough to be a deterrent.

This really sucks and I’m sorry it happened to you. Get an alarm system. Do you have neighbors that are retired and stay home? Ask them to keep an eye out in the neighborhood. I live in a neighborhood with mostly retired folks and they are good at being snoops! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m so sorry this happened to you. Theft leaves one feeling so violated, especially when your own home has been compromised. I do, however, want to say that hiding your valuable does no good unless they are locked in a safe that cannot be moved without equipment. Theives are highly skilled at figuring out where people hide their valuables. My aunt had her home broken into a year ago and months alter they were still realizing that certain items they thought were hidden we gone. I’d recommend an alarm to cope with your paranoia.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m so sorry someone did that to you. ๐Ÿ™  No words of advice, just hugs.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@GFerg:  When my aunt’s home was broken into, the thieves threw hotdogs to her two rottweilers to get them in the backyard. I’m inclined to believe that dogs stop opportunity theft, but not planned theft.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pinkshoes:  I’m so sorry this happened to you. When I lived with my parents, our house was broken into as well. My parents live in a really nice neighborhood but unfortunately there was a neighbor’s son who was a thief and had been arrested several times who did it. He knew when no one was home because he knew our schedules like clockwork.Unfortunately, he did his time and is now out again. And there isn’t much my parents can do because its their neighbor’s son. He stole everything that was valuable to us as well. He stole my labtop, cameras, jewerly, even shoes! If it helps any, we ended up buying a bolted lock on our door and a security system. He hasn’t been back since.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@pinkshoes – So sorry this happened to you.

I’m glad your dog was okay, my biggest fear if someone breaks into my house when I’m not there is that they will harm my dogs!

@GFerg  – Have you ever seen the show “It Takes a Theif”? The show was about 2 guys who would break into and rob someone’s home (with their permission of course; they had cameras set up both outside and inside the home, the homeowners watched from a van), then do a total re-haul on the homeowner’s home security.

Anyway, a lot of home owners had dogs. And they would always say “Fido will stop him!” Time and time again, what Fido really did was either be friendly to the intruder or go hide under a bed.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have no advice for you, unfortunately, but lots of hugs. I’m really glad that you and your dog are okay, though.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m so sorry this happened to you.  Hugs!

I was burglarized when I lived alone (before moving in with FI).  It took me many, many months to feel normal again.  After the burglary, I had an alarm system installed, upgraded the locks on my front door and installed an anti-pry bar, and put the lights on timers so it wasn’t as obvious when I was out.  To be honest, though, the only thing that really helped me feel more secure was the passage of time.  Be patient with yourself.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We lovingly call my chihuahua “security” because she thinks she’s a big dog and has a really deep bark. ha! My rat terrier is so friendly, I have a feeling she’d tell the burglars “hi! throw my ball! I’ll show you where they keep the good stuff! can I have a treat?” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@pinkshoes:  he unfortunately sold them and took the money for it. I guess he wasn’t dumb enough to sell them to pawn shops because the police would have been notified.

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