Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I Have A Shovel And I Know How To Use It.

This week I've been dealing with the aftermath of having my minivan broken into during the night while it was sitting in our driveway. The insurance company sent a window company to replace my shattered driver-side window. Right after they left we decided we needed to get out of the house. As soon as I closed the other door, the passenger-side window fell down into the door. The window company came back out the next day to tell us the window regulator was broken and it would take a few days to get a new part, but in the meantime they could make it so the window stays in the "up" position. It seemed a bit too much of a coincidence that the regulator on one window would break the very day the other window was shattered. The glass company verified that the regulator would've broken if someone tried to force the window down, so thankfully the insurance company covered those repairs too.

When we first discovered the minivan was broken into, my glove compartment was left open. Though my previously packed glove compartment now had an empty space where something had been removed, I really couldn't remember anything of value inside. I can't even remember the last time I opened it. Of course a couple of days later I finally remembered what that missing item was: our garage door opener. Nice, huh?


The police told us our neighborhood (where we've lived for the last 10 years without any problem before) has been hit hard in the last 6 months with auto burglaries and home invasions. Our friends across the street (victims of a home invasion) said they have a friend on the LAPD who thinks it's the same person repeatedly hitting this area. A drug addict kid and his girlfriend who live one street over, and a block down. He's been arrested in the past but they haven't been able to do anything lately because they haven't caught him with the stuff. Maybe they can catch him now that he has my purple swarovski-covered iPod.


The LAPD fingerprint lady who came out to investigate told me that auto burglaries and home invasions are up 500% in ALL areas due to the poor economy. She said they're even breaking into homes while people are sleeping and stealing whatever is in the family room or living room and people don't know there has been a break-in until the next morning.


Yesterday Marshall went out to take pictures from one of his favorite vista spots. It's located on an exit just off the freeway about 15 minutes away from our house. When he got back, he found that three of the five cars parked there had their windows smashed and were broken into. His car was one of the two that had not been touched. He's not sure if the break-in happened before he got there and he didn't notice the other cars or if someone drove by and scared away the burglars.


At our house, we already have an alarm system but it's just the basics. On Friday (the 13th) the ADT guy is coming out to do a major security upgrade and turn our house into Fort Knox. Yesterday Marshall re-programmed the garage door so the old opener would no longer work. The home security upgrade is not necessarily to protect our possessions. Our stuff is just STUFF. It can all be replaced. To me, there's only a few things in my house that aren't replaceable. And here they are...


So admittedly I'll sleep better after Friday's ADT upgrade. But for tonight, I've got the shovel.

32 comments:

  1. It's too bad you can't convince the nasty thugs to read your blog first because then they'd see that when you have the shovel out, you mean business!!

    Frightening stuff. I hope your ADT gives you peace of mind and your family stays safe!

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  2. I'm with you, Julie! I think I would have anything I could use with blunt force at my beside! :D

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  3. I'm so sorry. :( But don't forget the scythe either! Maybe you should post pictures of you holding it on every doorway. That's gotta be SOME sort of deterrent. I know I wouldn't want to mess with you.

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  4. Oh this gives me a major stomach ache just thinking about it! UGH! I hear you... I have said more than once if they are going to do the break in thing... I hope they would just stay downstairs... and never even come upstairs! I have a crazy Pomeranian dog though... so I bet they wouldn't get away with that! Stay safe girl!

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  5. That is scary! I hope they catch whoever is terrorizing your neighborhood.

    Your kiddos are too cute!

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  6. I agree with you about the stuff being just stuff and the other things being irreplacable.
    I was going to suggest we get together when I come down in June- but could we do it in another neighborhood?

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  7. You certainly are having a healthy attitude about this. I am so sorry it happened to you though.

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  8. you just need to print out that post about the shovel attack and pin it to your fence. no fool would dare to enter after reading that!

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  9. You have my condolences on your recent tragedy, Julie. I feel for you.

    The last theft that happened to me was someone who disliked me at school. They took my radio out of my car, and killed my precious cat who was outside at the time, and left him on my doorstep with a note...I was truly devastated. I would have given him money to save my poor kitty :(

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  10. I hope they find the people who are doing this. It's got to be scary going to sleep at night with these jerks on the loose! At least your getting something good out of Friday the 13th.. lol

    P.s.. you've been quiet lately you havent't come to see me!

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  11. those are precious little ones, thank goodness you have the shovel!

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  12. Dang those burglars. Ughh... that just stinks Julie. It's not fair that people have to be afraid in their own home.

    I love the pictures of the kids. They are so darn cute and are always so affectionate with each other. i love it!

    Sleep safe and I hope they catch this guy SOON.

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  13. They'd be sorry if they knew how well you can swing that thing! :)

    I'm so happy tomorrow is Friday. Ever think of moving to a place where there are no roads or cars, like NH??

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  14. OH NO!!! Just yesterday, I heard a neighbors house alarm going off (while we were home alone!)

    Thanks for sharing your experience! Hopefully this will help others.

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  15. Oh goodness...hang on to that shovel tight!! Sorry you have to deal with all that mess.

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  16. In addition to the shovel and the scythe you should also consider having Action Figure Edward patrol the perimeter.

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  17. I am so sorry to hear about all this mess that is happening to you guys. It is indeed a terrible thing to have your space invaded.

    I will pray for your families safety and that the burglar(s) will be caught.

    Psalm 4:8

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  18. What a horrible feeling, to walk out and see that your car has been broken into. It has happened to me twice, and it was awful. I have also been mugged at gunpoint. That's no fun either. If there have been that many robberies and they suspect one guy, why don't the cops, or someone, stake him out? I would totally do that. I swear I am not a vigilante. Thieves just make me soo angry.

    I hadn't thought about it, but I'll bet the alarm companies are doing crazy business right now.

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  19. My husband in an ADT guy! I wish I could send him over to sneak get you some bonus stuff!

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  20. Your kids look so happy!!! I love seeing kids like that!

    I gave you a Kreative Blogger award over at my place.

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  21. Julie! Holy cupcakes!

    (On a side funny note: When we moved in to our house, I was unpacking and put my softball bat behind our bedroom door. Hubby walks in and says, " I see you armed the home security system.")

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  22. I'm just sad to here about your burgulary and window repairs.Good going on remembering your garage door opener and changing the code.

    Someone broke in our previous home a few years ago. It's an awful feeling.

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  23. Sorry about the thugs terrorizing your neighborhood. Saw something on TV this week about how bad they are getting down there and in Phoenix.
    If you are ok with meeting up with Gina, hope you are ok with meeting up with her mom, cause she (her mom) is doing the driving.

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  24. Haha. Whoever broke into your car has hundreds of enemies now. We love reading your blog!
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    Watt Smith

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  25. How scary!! We totally take for granted where we live .. around here, people hardly ever lock their house doors when they leave, my husband constantly leaves his keys in the ignition of his truck (much to my irritation), and even though I take my keys with me, I hardly ever think to lock my car when I go into a store.

    However, last week hubs went out to ride his dirt bike. He locked his truck (shocker!!) but when he got back, his door was open, his hood was popped, but nothing was missing.

    Guess we'll have to start upping our security around here even in small town Iowa, huh?

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  26. Dang, they should be afraid of your shovel. I am!

    My first thought (since it sounded like the kids and you were fine.) was OMG Did they get any of your Twilight stuff??!!!!!

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  27. This has nothing to do with your post but....I was just looking around on Etsy, saw this and immediately thought of you.

    http://tinyurl.com/dmo5mm

    Hope you have a great weekend :o)

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  28. Wow. That's really depressing. The loss of a sense of safetey and security -- and the fear for the ones you love -- is so critical. Good luck.

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  29. Your kids are adorable.

    We were broken into as we slept two summers ago. Fortunately, they stayed in the garage. Unfortunately, my purse was in my car. Fortunately, they caught the guys. Unfortunately, it took two years to finish prosecuting them and give us some of our stuff back. I got an empty purse. !

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  30. Your kids are adorable.

    We were broken into as we slept two summers ago. Fortunately, they stayed in the garage. Unfortunately, my purse was in my car. Fortunately, they caught the guys. Unfortunately, it took two years to finish prosecuting them and give us some of our stuff back. I got an empty purse. !

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  31. That's so sad, but I'm glad that you all took precautions to keep your family safe. Breakins are up around here, too, but fortunately, I haven't heard of any activity in my apartment complex.

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