Purrtection…

Dear Furiends,maa

Early-early this morning, we were rousted out of bed by the door bell – Pops was startled to see a police officer wearing a Kevlar vest…. The officer apologized for waking us (guess the bed-head gave Pops away). Apparently, last night there were a ‘rash of car break-ins in our neighborhood’. (Our vehicle was locked in the garage, so it was safe. However, the eagle-eyed officer noticed that we had security cameras and wondered if they might show the street. — Yes, sir!) Not a great view, but enough to let us know when someone steps on our property and while the cameras show some of the street, they don’t actually show much of the neighbors’ houses. However, the officer was thrilled to find functional cameras and had a fine time checking last night’s archives. While it wasn’t the best picture, he now knows that a white pickup truck was involved…. He took our security cameras’ hard drive to make a recording & promised to return it, later today.
While I don’t know which cars were violated and/or what was taken, apparently about 20 were broken into.
Our ‘neighborhood butt-in-ski’ was out for a walk, just a bit ago, and smugly stated, “Bet a lot of garages get the clutter cleaned out this weekend.”  I betcha she is correct.*;) winking
Pops’ reaction to the unexpected event was changing our cameras to the newer, more precise ones he’d purchased a few weeks ago, but hadn’t gotten around to switching with the older ones. In addition to our neighborhood garages getting decluttered, so the cars can park inside. I betcha more houses get new security systems and surveillance cameras.
So, the lesson, dear furiends, is to make sure you and your family protect the important things. Many of our neighbors have cars, which are apparently worth thousands of DSC02103dollars, parked in their driveways, while their garages are jam-full of ‘stuff’, much of it broken – the total actual value is probably only a small fraction of their car’s value.
Mom doesn’t like clutter and swears by eBay, Craigslist, Good Will and Habitat for Humanity… She says using one of those turns clutter into space and cash, though apparently the later two options are tax deductions, which are more complicated to turn into cash…. If you wonder what I’m talking about, the jpg on the left is a neighbor’s garage. I assure you that Purr and I would not allow our staff to collect so much unused stuff!
Mr. M =^.^=

17 thoughts on “Purrtection…

    1. Pops loves technology, so we have an alarm system as well as the various cameras. BTW, that nice (but startling) officer was as good as his word and he returned the hard drive, yesterday. He said that as they looked further through the data the motion-activation had collected, there were some kids. He said our footage was very helpful. I still dare to hope that the violation has a secondary effect of inspiring people to clear out the clutter they’ve accumulated in their garages… If tents work in your area, do you really need to change them? =^.^=

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      1. I hope it remains safe, too! All the violence and negativity in the news is why mom generally devotes her own blog to humor – she says it’s needed to counterbalance the news. =^.^=

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    1. We’ve done that, too and a few times people have knocked on the door asking if it was okay to take it. (I thought it was obvious, but appreciate their politeness.)

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    1. Yes indeed we purrtect our family. The officer called a little while ago. and said he was bringing our hard drive back. He also said there were a couple clips of ‘kids’ that were the perpetrators on it, so it was very helpful… his eyes are obviously better than mine and/or he is better at seeing detail in the night-vision shots.
      Apparently none of the cars were damaged and the kids just got into unlocked vehicles and took whatever was valuable … I now have the impression that wasn’t the radio, etc., which is what I’d initially imagined got ripped out.
      Regardless, it was a violation. =^.^=

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  1. messymimi

    We have had a bit of such trouble, too. Thankfully not much, and we don’t keep anything in our cars worth stealing. We have no garage, we just keep the cars empty of “good” stuff.

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    1. The officer said there were a couple clips of ‘kids’ that were the perpetrators on it, so it was very helpful… Apparently none of the cars were damaged and the kids just got into unlocked vehicles and took whatever was valuable. Their parents need to do better! =^.^=

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  2. We are happy you did have your car or home broken into. Wouldn’t it be cool if your camera footage helps the police capture the culprit? XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

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    1. Yes, it will ‘be cool’ if our footage aids the police in catching the culprit, but it certainly has most of us locals in an uproar. =^.^=

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    1. I don’t know why so many people think they have the right to take what doesn’t belong to them. Very shameful, though I know of at least one dog that never thinks she has enough to eat, so will steal food (her double eating has her on a diet.) =^.^=

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