Somebody got into Cheri's car last night. I can't say they "broke" in because it wasn't locked. Her car sits just a few feet from our back door. Mine sits on the other side of that and the grandson't pickup is parked on the other side of mine. I went to bed a little after 3:00 AM and she got up about 6:00 AM, so I'm guessing it happened during that time, but I don't really know. Nobody heard anything of course because the car wasn't locked. The living room light was on around the clock because the granddaughter is here, so they were probably quiet about it, not knowing whether somebody might be awake. Cheri found out about it when she had to leave for the hospital about 8:00. She keeps a crazy amount of junk in the console, napkins, candy wrappers, and whatever, and she had about $20 or $30 in change which was of course, gone.
Last week somebody just 3 blocks from here was arrested for doing exactly that, going through unlocked cars. I imagine they'll be the number one suspects, but you never know.
Cheri and her grandson drive me crazy, in that they never lock anything. I'm constantly checking the back door because they never lock it, whereas I always lock everything, all the time. My car is full of tools, a couple of chess sets and a dash-cam. (No cash.) All that stuff of course, was locked up and so, untouched. I can't altogether blame her. Years before we met, somebody smashed her window to get into her car. She caught them in the act and turned them in. A ruined door lock and a smashed window made her think twice about locking her car after that. Still, we'd hear the noise if they'd broken in here.
I guess I need to check into security cameras. No idea what kind of money that would cost. I need to at least check into it though. John
I am sorry that happened! That sucks. Beyond the change in the car, is anything broken or anything expensive missing?
A security camera where, at the house aimed towards the cars?
Do you have a usable carage?
When I was younger I was nasty and I had a break in my car. My add in radio was stolen. So I put the new one in with razor blades glewed to the back edges of it. My car was again broken into and the radio again missing, but to my happiness there was blood on the mat. I would not do that these days, I am a different person, but the old me was quite happy and hoped they lost fingers.
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Nothing was broken or missing. All the expensive stuff, (mostly tools) was in my car, which was locked. Cheri's estimate of the missing cash grew throughout the day, from $20 to $30 to $50. Based on what she's told me in the past, my best guess was $20, but I don't think she really knows. She likes to keep change there to go yard saling or fast food.
I wondered where I should have cameras. Pointed toward the cars on the north side would of course, be a good idea. The west side of the house is dark and that might be a good idea. The south side is well lit by a street light. Cheri once had a yard ornament on that side which was stolen a few years ago. (Nothing very valuable.) Around that same time somebody stole the light bulb out of the porch light on the south side. I don't really remember but it may have been the old style light bulb which at the time, everybody was desperate to find. Kind of thought that was an odd thing to steal. The east side would be harder to break into. The windows aren't too big and are a little high up.
I do wish I had a useable garage. My last house had one and I kept the car in it around the clock, summer and winter. And I still locked the car, even in the garage. Of course, the last few years I lived there, I had turned it into a cat sanctuary and had to keep the car out in the weather. Now, every time I have to go out and chisel snow and ice off the car, I sure wish I had a garage! I do have a good shed with a serious paddlock on it. It's a constant battle keeping it from filling up with stuff. Lawn mower, tools, Christmas and Halloween decorations, air compressor, etc.
I know a lot of people booby trap things that are often stolen. It may mark me as a less than perfect person but I had to smile a bit when you told me about the guy cutting up his fingers stealing your car stereo. I have to look at it as an occupational hazard. If you get hurt (or even shot!) doing something like that, you knew the risk. They knew it could happen and figured it was worth the risk.
Years ago I had trouble with kids stealing pumpkins off my front porch, so I smeared the sides with grease. Nobody got hurt but I did hear a distinct "Ewww!" one night as my greasy pumpkin disappeared. And I do have to laugh about the guy who kept 2 or 3, 8 track tapes on the dash of his car. "Who uses 8 track tapes anymore?" "Oh, nobody, but it keeps anybody from stealing my car stereo." John
If you opt for camera's, get them that have infrared lighting on them! Then no lighs where they are is good, no one will see the camera but it sees them. Perhaps something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JZ186K7
I remember reading about peeople booytrapping cars in South Africa with actual bombs!
Good advice. Wouldn't do much good to have a camera that couldn't see in the dark. That was a reasonable enough price too. I wondered how much they might be. I think probably 2 should cover what I need. Solar would certainly be better than running wires everywhere if they last long enough. Is your Hauser lake camera solar? John
Lord no! I have power and fiber running up the hill. ;) SInce it needs a heater, fan and more... Plus I have the receiver for the wireless signal up there and the ethernet to fiber converter and a hub...
But if I had a camera at the house on the deck, a solor would work. In fact I have a camera housing that would run on 12v dc and the old Hauser cam) but I found a good solor panel to provide enough watts and amps and a battery was more than I wanted to spend.