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Our house was broken into....

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Our house was broken into....
By Missbookworm on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:29 pm:

They took our portable dvd player, my digital camera and my brand new macbook, a ring my dad gave me and a few other random things. They might have taken more but we haven't found anything else missing yet.

1) I feel so violated and unsafe in my own home right now
2) I also feel stupid because we haven't made/had the time to get insurance on our belongings
3) I feel stupid for leaving it at home. It was the first time I did in the three days I have had it...and

The macbook was the most expensive thing they took and if only I had put it on a credit card rather than using debit I probably could have gotten it replaced...

I can't stop thinking about strangers in our house going through our things, looking at pictures of our family, being in our room....

I feel so helpless...

The police did come out and they dusted for prints but didn't find any that were viable/not our families and there isn't too much more they can do...but we're supposed to call them if we find anything else missing.

It as in the middle of the day after I left to take the kids to school. I came home and our stuff was gone and they'd thrown a rock through the window of the back door. :(

I'm so thankful that the puppy was ok and that my dk's weren't home alone at the time.

By Ilovetom on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:34 pm:

I am so sorry. Thank goodness you all were not home.

By Crystal915 on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:47 pm:

(((((HUGS)))))) I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I know you were excited about that MacBook, too. It's totally understandable to feel unsafe and violated. You should contact your local police dept's victim advocate, they can help you work through this, so you feel safe and secure in your home again. Keep us update on the police situation, if they are able to come up with anything.

By Rayelle on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:52 pm:

I am so sorry. How awful. (((HUGS)))

By Rayanne on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 12:55 pm:

{{{{{HUGS}}}}} OMG!!! I am so sorry sweetie. These things are happening everywhere!!! I understand what you mean about feeling vio9lated. That's how I felt they took the DVD player from my car. I feel unsafe too knowing that someone was trying to break into my house last week. People are so mean!! It's a bunch of kids, according to the police, trying to get money for drugs. SAD!!!! The other sad thing is that once they do catch them, they can only hold them for about a month, and then they are back out on the streets doing the same things:(

By Missbookworm on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 01:38 pm:

That's what the police think here too. People wanting money for drugs. The woman who came to do the finger printing had just come from another one not far from here.

I was able to get Oma to pick up the kids and take them to her house so they weren't here to see everything and my teenager was so mad and said I should have called the school and he would have come home to be with me. It was really sweet and he was so angry.

The police here have a service they provide where they'll come out and view your house and tell you things you can do to further secure it but we have a door at the back with glass and a patio door and realistically the way I see it we can only make that patio door a wall and put in a different door with no glass.

If I don't start to feel better in a few days I'll probably get in touch with someone to talk too. Right now everytime I think about it I cry and the only time I'm smiling is when I'm outside the house.

I know when I go back to work all I'm going to be thinking about is what if they've broken in again. :(

By Amecmom on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 01:45 pm:

I really am sorry this happened to you! What a scary scary thing! Crystal had a good idea about the victim's advocate at the PD. Does your home owners or renters insurance cover any of it? I know you say you did not have insurance on the items, but other insurance may cover some ...

Also, it's good to remember if you have any garage door remotes in your car to bring them in with you, unless you park in the garage. A theif could easily break into a car and then open a garage and get into the house ...
Sad that we have to live this way.

Hugs ... lots of them.
Ame

By Bellajoe on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 01:56 pm:

O my gosh, that' so sad and scary. Big hugs to you and your family.

By Dawnk777 on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 03:23 pm:

Ugh, I'm so sorry.

By Reds9298 on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 10:09 pm:

I'm so sorry! I feel terrible for you. {{HUGS}}

By Debbie on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 10:35 pm:

How awful! How terrible to not feel safe in your own home! {{{HUGS}}}

By Emily7 on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 10:41 pm:

I am so sorry this happened to you and your family

By Crystal915 on Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 10:44 pm:

How are you doing tonight?

By Missbookworm on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 12:00 pm:

I survived. Last night I slept on the couch rather than upstairs and the night before I spent most of the night there. I can hear everything from there. I feel physically better when I'm not in the house...it's such an awful feeling.

It's interesting. I went to take the puppy out last night and there was an undercover police officer in an unmarked car last night. I went to check him out cause it was odd he was parked out across from our house in a running car. He showed me his badge and said they're trying to catch the people breaking into cars. I said yeah well they targeted my house yesterday. I did actually check out the badge # with the rcmp to make sure it was valid, talked to the neighbours and they've seen others parked in vehicles along our street.

I'm...so ick about the whole thing. Everytime we go anywhere I expect to come back and find the window smashed again.

I don't have to go to work til Wednesday and my boss is going to come and spend some time with me tomorrow since my husband has to work.

By Vicki on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 12:28 pm:

I am so sorry this happened to you. I hope they find the people quickly for all of your neighborhood!

I did find this strange though:

I went to check him out cause it was odd he was parked out across from our house in a running car.

You are going to have to be talking about some pretty stupid people if they honestly think this is the way to catch anyone. At the very least, they should be turning off the car!

By Crystal915 on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 01:04 pm:

LOL, agreed, Vicki... that isn't exactly top undercover work!

By Missbookworm on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 01:41 pm:

I did find it odd the car was running which was why I checked it out then called it in to check he was who he said he was. A few minutes later we were out in front of our house again and his car was off.

I guess he had just gotten there not long before I came out front.

By Dana on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 04:43 pm:

So sorry to hear this. I was broken into several years ago and that feeling is just awful. You can never explain it to anyone who has never experienced it. Our puppy was home when they broke in as well. I found her hiding under my bed. She was a nervous wreck for weeks after. And the worst part, the next night was 4th of July, and she got outdoors during all the firecrackers going off. I thought we would never get her back. But we did. I felt so badly for her. But she survived just fine and lived a full life into her 17th year. :)

I recall the feeling I had back then, but I can't "feel it" any more.

By Tonya on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 08:24 pm:

I know exactly how you feel we were broken in to a few years back but they went right through our front door during the dya with an elementary school going on right across the street.

Thank god we have home owners insurance and got everything replaced and fixed.

I had to wash all of teh sheets in our home because the thought of someone sitting on my bed grossed me out. And for a while we slept with lights on in my house because I was scared.

It will get better I promise.

By Mrsheidi on Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 11:17 pm:

Catherin, I wish I could just give you a hug. I'm so sorry you're having to go through all of this! :( {{{Catherin}}}

By Missbookworm on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:04 pm:

Thank you all for your support.

I'm feeling better today. Less insecure in the house but I also don't have to go out and leave it unattended...you know what I mean?

I think Wednesday is giong to be hard.

We don't have anything insured. Dh was supposed to get it but has been so busy and didn't. :(

My friend says "wait for Christmas and who knows what Santa will bring" but I'm not holding my breath. Santa in this house isn't rich and has 5 children to make sure they have a great Christmas.

I've been checking on craigslist to see if anyone is trying to unload one and I'm going to check with a couple of the pawn shops today that are near my house but again I'm not holding my breath that I'll find it.

I keep trying to wrap my mind around the fact that maybe they were hungry and were looking for things for money for food but the reality is they were probably drug addicts (we've been having an influx of them into our city) looking for money for a fix. :(

By Cat on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 12:52 pm:

{{{{{Catherin}}}}} I can't imagine how you must feel because I've never experienced anything like that. Big hugs, girl.

By Tayjar on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 02:21 pm:

I'm sorry you had to go through this. I've had my car broken into and my credit card number stolen and both were awful experiences.

I encourage you to still have the police come out and offer suggestions. There are many inexpensive options you can do to make your house look and funtion more safely.

You can also put stickers in your windows that say you are protected by a security company. There are alarms you can put on your windows called "glass breaks" that will shrill when the window is broken or opened when you are gone. thieves don't like noise. We can buy those at home improvement store in the states.

By Missbookworm on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 03:56 pm:

I'm going to look into having them come out and go over some of those things and see what we can come up with to improve things.

We had the stickers and even a sign from them out front (There is a security company affiliated with my work company I got them from).

I like the idea of those glass break alarms. If we had some of those the neighbours would have heard them. Hindsight....

By Missymelissy on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 04:28 pm:

HUGS

Another site to check if its in your area would be kijiji.com

By Crystal915 on Monday, November 10, 2008 - 06:24 pm:

Catherin,
There is a show on Discovery called "It Takes a Thief", it stars two ex-burglars who stage an actual break-in, after setting up cameras (all with the homeowner's permission, of course) then showed the homeowner how it happened. After the break-in, they do a security revamp on the place.

I have a point, promise, LOL! They have all kinds of cool security features and recommendations. The end of the show has the one guy trying to break in again, after the revamp, to see if the owners are USING the new features. I'm posting the link here, so you can check out the official site, but you can probably find clips of it elsewhere, too. Anyway, one of the things they almost always use is motion sensor surveillance cameras, although I don't know how expensive they run. Anyway, at the bottom of the main page, there is a link for tips to protect your home. It might be worth checking out, many are simple and can make you feel more secure.

By Dana on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 09:31 am:

Crystal, I know the few times I saw that show, the best deterant has always been the nosey neighbor! The theives always say the aleart neighborhood is the worst place to commit a crime...no matter how good the cool security stuff is. I find that to be so ironic, if you know what I mean. Low tech is so often the better choice no matter what the topic is.

Catherine, do you know if your crime watch is active or "just there" in thought. The police do a great job educating the neighborhood in giving them the tools and tips in watching for details in your neighborhood. See if you can get a group together that would be interested in joining you for a night of education.


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