Small Time Crooks

I’ve been singing the praises of my new neighrhood of Silver Lake ever since I moved in two months ago. But today I received a sign that perhaps its not the idyll I think it is. I got home today to discover that my apartment had been broken into. There were definite signs of forced entry on the front door. Inside, it took me a long time to figure out what had happened. Virtually nothing was gone. A photobox had been upturned and the contents scattered on my bed. A container where I keep my stash of pennies and laundry quarters was sitting, empty, on my couch. A handful of coins was scattered across my floor. “Take photos of the layout and the door damage, ” I thought. “Great, now where’s my camera? Hey, where’s my camera!”

So, a 2MB digital camera, about five dollars in pennies and quarters, and nothing else taken. Not my new TV. Not the DVD player and VCR sitting, disconnected and extremely portable, on my floor. All in all, could have been a whole lot worse.

Now, anybody know a good locksmith?

15 Replies to “Small Time Crooks”

  1. I always wonder about apartment break ins, if someone in the building has something to do with it. I figure since I know my neighbors, someone would notice a break in.

  2. Ugh, that sucks Jay. Sorry to hear. At least you got to keep the TV. Every time I hear a story like this I think to myself that I need to get renter’s insurance, but I never do it.

  3. Sounds like you walked in on them before they got to the good stuff. Could also be a recon job but no good thief would take petty shit before the good stuff since you’re guaranteed to batten down the hatches now and any subsequent break in will be harder. Get some security alarm stickers too. They work wonders on amateurs. You can also get faux window boxes to simulate magnetic switches which also help. My Dad sold alarms for 12 years and he stands by the fact that if they decide to break in their breaking in. Security systems work best when they are blatant and advertised. If someone breaks in after seeing your signs they are dead serious and you should go gun shopping with us because that’s the next step. But a few bucks in change and a cheesy camera don’t warrant going Rambo just yet. Stickers and new badass locks first.

  4. That sucks. From experience, doors and windows are weak points [and therefore easy entry points] because either the doors/windows are cheap crap or the locks are.

    As noted, if someone WANTS to get in, they will. The best thing you can do is try to discourage them with solid doors, windows and locks and, yes, alarm stickers also work.

    Or, maybe it was the work of disgruntled swift boat operators. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  5. Yes, better locks…..but! There used to be a nifty device you could hang on your door that when jostled, would set off a series of loud, ferocious growls & barks. Okay, yeah, a bit silly, but I always thought any unexpected noise would scare someone off and make them inclined to move to an easier target.

    Or you could just get a dog. But where’s the fun in that?

  6. I say you should set up booby traps a la Rube Goldberg.

    Seriously though, that really sucks. I don’t know if iron bars on the windows is a good idea or not, but definitely get new locks, maybe a new door.

    I’d probably go for the gun too. But that’s just me. I’m nuts like that.

  7. Actually, I know a few people who have had their places broken into in Silverlake and that seems to be the jist of it. Only a few small things that people can fit in their pockets get swiped, no stereo stuff, no computers. Which leads me to believe it’s the work of kids just trying to pull something off or impress friends rather than full on “robbers” who actually have a means to move stuff after they take it.

  8. Right on. I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand. Across this line you do not…and also, Caryn, Chinaman is not the preferred, uh…Asian-American. Please.

    Of course, I could just be out of my element.

  9. Sucks man. I’ve been there. My house was broken into a couple months after I moved into it. I think that they knew that I was a new resident and took advantage of it. After that I put in a security system and signs, and I haven’t had any trouble since.

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