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Have you been a victim of crime recently?

Asked by bongo (4292 points ) November 30th, 2011

I had my car window smashed in last night, I am the 3rd person I know who has had this happen to them in my immediate area. They didn’t take anything except £1.20 off the dashboard as I have nothing of any value in there but really went through everything I own in my car. Bearing in mind this is a student area and not many people have cars this is a very high level. I have also seen another car with a window smashed in but I don’t know the person and also my next door neighbour had his scooter thing stolen off his driveway. All since I moved in in October. There has also been 12 bike thefts in 2 weeks and 2 girls attacked on campus. My uni is still claiming to be a safe place to live and there is no need to worry.

I feel violated and unsafe.

Have you been a victim of crime in the past few weeks? would you care to share your experiences? Did the police catch them?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Nearly killed 5 or 6 times last night by dickhead drivers. Does that count? Seriously, a while ago someone stole the stereo speakers out of my s/o’s car. They were sitting in the back window, not attached. Felt seriously violated. It’s not a nice feeling. Don’t dwell on it though. The assholes that do this stuff aren’t worth your time.

Scooby's avatar

No I’ve not been victimised in a long time, my advice to you would be to report the crime..
( for what good it will do) … if you’re claiming off your insurance to replace the window, at least you’ll have a crime number.. It maybe that your excess out ways the cost of a new window so it might just as well be paid for out of your own pocket & save on the insurance excess payment, even so, whichever way you look at it, your insurance will go up next time anyway, regardless.. Try to find secure off street parking. Failing that give up the car for public transport or do as a friend of mine did & get a push bike :-/
Sorry for you distress I know it’s shit what’s happened but try not to “dwell” on it too much, after all it’s just a car, a lump of metal ;-)

bongo's avatar

I am covered on my insurance for an excess of £75 and it does not affect my no claims which is really useful considering I’m a young driver. I rarely use my car and mainly have it to get back to my parents house at the weekends and also it really helps with applying for jobs. But I will need it to do my dissertation for my masters as I will need to drive out to the countryside to do surveys on trout and also bring any fish I need back to the lab asap to monitor differences between populations. Without my car I won’t be able to do the project that I really want to do and someone else will get given it. I have done a lot of work to make sure that I am the one who gets given this project and I really can’t give that up now.
Thanks for your advice though @Scooby .
oh and this happened on my driveway!

TexasDude's avatar

Not directly, but a piece of white trash shit shoved my mom, called her all sorts of horrible names, threatened to burn our house down, and told her he was going to kill me. This is all because he allows his half dozen or so ghetto goblin children to play on the busy street in front of our townhouse complex and he accused me of trying to run them over.

This guy is 6’ 7” or so, never wears a shirt, doesn’t have a job, and he has picked fights with elderly people before. Basically, he’s walking scum who clearly doesn’t know how to abide by… oh you know, the whole social contract thing that keeps the gears of civilized society turning.

The cops told him that they’d haul him to jail if he threatened us again, but said there wasn’t anything else they could do, and that if they arrested him right then, he’d be out in a day or two wanting revenge. They did tell me personally that I should shoot him if he crossed the threshold of my house and made us fear for our lives. I love Tennessee police and our stand-your-ground laws.

Haven’t had a problem with him since.

YoBob's avatar

Well… I just forked over an absurd amount for property taxes. Does that count?

Oh… and the CEO of the company I work for will probably be getting a bonus larger than the sum total of all the money the company has paid me since I started working here because she cleverly termed the systematic effort to outsource my entire department as “globalization” rather than something a bit more accurate like “screw the American engineer”.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Some time we come across a member of the herd that needs culling…...

TexasDude's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe it’s only a matter of time before Darwin catches up with him and his spawn. I hope.

RocketGuy's avatar

Our UPS guy stole my Amazon.com purchase a few months ago. It was quite an elaborate, but clever scheme. I was not out any $$ because of Amazon’s generous shipping policies – that’s what the UPS guy takes advantage of.

ucme's avatar

Not personally no, but our neighbours across the street had an attempted break in just last week.
Some pinhead neanderthal tried kicking their door in, hurt himself & ran away crying…..evolution, dontcha just love it?
Fortunately enough i’ve never been the victim of crime, I do pity the poor fucker that has the audacity to ever mess with my home/family though. I will be forced to stop his clock, most likely with a huge smile playing across my lips.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Not in the past few weeks, but we had our garage broken into multiple times this summer. The police didn’t catch who did it, and it left me feeling edgy and insecure for a while. Honestly, I still am. I find myself nervous and jumpy if I’m outside by myself after dark. Which is kind of sad.
My neighbors just had their debit card stolen, but they have been very lucky in finding the culprit and will be pressing charges. That’s a crime story with a happy ending.

YARNLADY's avatar

Only as a member of a society that allows corporate crime to run rampant.

Meego's avatar

No. My city is quite safe except I refuse to park my car in my mothers parking lot. The welcome wagon at my mothers building is litterally your wagon gets broken in to :/

Symbeline's avatar

Not recently, but a while back I’m walking around, and some weird guy comes up to me. I think he was heavily drugged, and if not, really fucked up. He grabbed my shoulders, and…I’m not sure what he was trying to do. I dug my nails in his face and ran off lol.
Also got my bike stolen a few years ago, and that really pissed me off, because I paid a lot of damn money for it.

Meego's avatar

@Symbeline Nice plan of attack!!!

About 2½ yrs ago my dad was so proud of his GPS. Until it got stolen at the hospital while he was doing chemo!!! I was so ticked I wanted to punch someone! He also had it in the glove compartment. It was his last enjoyable electronic toy that he saved money for and got to experience no more than 2 times.

Arggh, PUNCH PUNCH!!!!.
It makes me mad just thinking about it

woodcutter's avatar

I had a coffee can full of cat food stolen from our porch this past summer The other day I was out behind the barn and found the empty can, and the lid back there. Looks like it was coons that did it judging by the teeth marks in the can, the thieving little bastards.

RocketGuy's avatar

I went backpacking some time ago, and coons opened our backpacks and stole our food. I thought it was some mountain man, but then noticed the teeth marks on an instant koolaid package + koolaid lip marks on the backpack zippers.

bongo's avatar

@Symbeline yeah I had my bike stolen a while ago too. It was more annoying to have to walk than the cost of my cheap, purple, old, second hand bike! I don’t know why anyone would want to steal it. It was nice though I suppose and had a basket on the front. Probably useful for getaways with a basket full of stolen goods!
I also had my bag stolen when I was at the gym a few years ago. A mate of mine’s brother was supposed to be looking after it and just fell asleep. He then just walked off and didn’t care that it had been stolen.
Also last night I heard that my ex had his house broken into at the other end of the country. They took a laptop, car keys and a bag. The car was not taken though…
@woodcutter @RocketGuy I have never seen a racoon in real life. Being in the UK the worst you get is foxes getting in to your bags of rubbish getting it everywhere.Or squirrels stealing bird food,
@Symbeline my mum always told me that if you are ever scared walking along at night that someone might be following you the best thing to do is put your keys between your fingers. If they grab you you can punch them with a key and you can also get into your house really quickly.

Scooby's avatar

@bongo

You’re welcome…… I see you have no other reasonable alternative other to keeping your car, sadly the more desperate times become for people; inevitably the rate of crime will increase. Though this is of no consolation to yourself; being the victim here. There are other ways to improve your chances of not being targeted again.. You could install dummy CCTV cameras or real one’s, as a visual deterrent. Install better lighting to the parking area ( I’m assuming the damage happened at night ) gravel pathways; burglars hate gravel it’s far too noisy underfoot. Coupled together with better lighting & CCTV should go some way I think in deterring future interest in breaking into your car. You can also invest into a proximity alarm too…. I know it’s all cost but as you’ve pointed out; your car is invaluable to you, how much is it really worth??…. In the past, damage to my cars from attempted break-ins has literally cost me hundreds; in replacing door locks & replacing damaged trim.. ( it’s a bloody inconvenience , I know ) Although I’ve never been targeted on my own drive; I do have proximity activated security lighting which does go some way in reassuring me that I’m unlikely to be.. Anyway, chin up; at least you’re still mobile, that’s the main thing….
;-)
sounds like you have a decent insurance company too, things are looking better already.

bongo's avatar

@Scooby my bedroom window looks right out onto my drive, I think I might get a cheap little camera and hook it up. I have spoken to my neighbours and they have had problems with homeless people sitting in their garage (Directly opposite) drinking cans of cheap cider… Currently the primary suspect. I have seen them staring at me in my bedroom window before so bought a thin curtain so they cant watch me.
I do have gravel but it is pretty old. I no have some broken glass added to it so that should make a bit of noise too! haha.
It is a super cheap car. Cost me less than £500. The police said this is why it is targeted because it is easier to break into and has no alarm… Next time i think I might just leave it unlocked haha! They didn’t seem to want to take the car, just anything they could easily sell. If they could have got in through the door I would only have to tidy my car… or not considering the state of it before haha.
Yeah my car insurance is pretty good but I should hope so at the cost of it! Cost me more than the car.

woodcutter's avatar

@bongo Racoons are very clever animals. They have opposing thumbs just like humans and can open and manipulate things. They are cute but they are annoying when they make a mess of things and they never clean up behind themselves.

Symbeline's avatar

@bongo Wow, that key thing sounds pretty good actually. Sucks about the bike. People have all sorts of reasons to steal them though…some just want parts, or sell em at scrap places.
Mine was expensive, with shocks and everything though. Damn bike stealing ass bastards.

woodcutter's avatar

I’ve been trying to sell mine, has all the suspension and tricked out things. Tough time trying to sell bikes apparently.

bongo's avatar

@Scooby I have just bought a cheap solar powered motion-sensored security light off amazon. Hopefully that will deter people from doing it again. Thanks for your advice.

YoBob's avatar

Yep, I was a victim of a crime today.

Several months back a woman rear ended me while I was at a dead stop in our stop and go rush hour traffic. She, while digging around in her purse rather than watching the traffic did not move forward with the rest of the flow. I, on the entrance ramp, pulled into the space (several car lengths long). Because of the stop and go nature of the traffic the car in front of me stopped before I could fully straighten out in the lane. A full two seconds pass before the bimbo rams me. Yet, because the damage she caused was to the left quarter of my bumper rather than in the center, the insurance companies, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that I am somehow at fault. Now, after paying premiums for full coverage for darnened near two decades to this company with nary a claim, they will be hitting me up for the $500 I planned to use for Christmas presents for the kids so they can hand it over to the insurance company of crazy shrew that rammed me so she can have her Cadillac fixed.

Yes, I believe this to be a crime, and I am the victim!

Scooby's avatar

@bongo

You’re very welcome ;-) & keep your car locked too btw, you don’t want to find squatters in there next Lol…
I now have some broken glass added to it so that should make a bit of noise too! ” PSML at least your sense of humour is intact, even though your window isn’t Lol… well done ;-)
And get someone who is competent to install that light & get a thicker curtain too. Better still, hang some blinds or just paint the window white on the inside :-/

Nullo's avatar

Had someone break into my car and turn out my glove box. They got my GPS and a phone charger.
I didn’t have a chance to blank all of the trip info beforehand, but the button marked ‘home’ leads to a clearing in the middle of the woods about 130 miles away, which is only ever occupied by people of the hunting persuasion.

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