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Worst Day Ever

  1. Nov 5, 2006 #1
    So yeah get a call from my roommate on friday saying I have to get home right now because our apartment has been broken into. Come home to find our patio door had been smashed in, they took all of our computers ( 3), our jewelery, cameras, mp3 players, even some clothes. And the worst part is that they found my spare set of car keys that I had hidden, and they broke into our underground parking garage and stole my car to, and it was a beatiful car, so now I have no transportation at all. And of course my computer had all of my assignments and essays and notes i have spent hours making on it. What a crappy weekend.
     
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    Umm, is it just me or does this sound like this person knew you pretty?

    That's horrible :(

    I actually don't know what to say....

    hoping for the best
     
  4. Nov 5, 2006 #3

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    That's terrible scorpa, did you have renter's insurance? That's something that people just don't think about until it's too late.
     
  5. Nov 5, 2006 #4

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    Damn! Sorry to hear that. Before you file the police report if you haven't yet, you and your roommate should try to compose yourselves and think if you had had anybody in your apartment in the last couple of months that you didn't know really well. I'm not saying that this might not have been simply a crime of opportunity, but it sounds like someone might have cased the place and had a fair idea of your schedule. You don't clean all the valuables out of someone's apartment in a short time unless you have made plans. Good luck.
     
  6. Nov 5, 2006 #5

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    I am so sorry. I feel terrible for you. What did the cops say? Are there any suspects?
     
  7. Nov 5, 2006 #6
    Scorpa, that's terrible. I've been broken into, and, has my car stolen, but never both at once. You must be in complete shock.
     
  8. Nov 5, 2006 #7

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    Scorpa, I am sorry to hear of your misfortunes. Indeed it is a most reprehensible deed. :mad: :grumpy: Grrrrr!

    I hope you called to police ASAP, and gave them a full description of things stolen. Maybe one could contact local pawn shops. I wonder if the PC's could be traced if they are connected to the internet, possibly if they interact with the MS website (if XP)?
     
  9. Nov 5, 2006 #8
    Yeah it happened friday night and my roommate called the cops right away, before they got here we went through and made a list of everything we could see that had been stolen. I don't think it way anyone either of use knew because we never have people over here, we usually just go out. Plus, apparently there has been a rash of theft along where I live within the past week, the thieves have been working there way down the street, which would have been nice if the cops had made that fact known but I guess it's to late now anyway. Hopefully insurance will cover everything (and yes we did have it), but I know it will be quite a feat trying to get any money out of them for the car, they will probably try to give 4500 bucks for a car thats worth 10 000, but I'm going to have dad deal with that, they will learn quick not to try to screw him over. But yeah pretty much in shock, it's been a rough weekend. Gotta love the city :(
     
  10. Nov 5, 2006 #9

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    I am so glad you had insurance!!! But, yeah, it's still going to be tough getting them to pay.

    I feel so bad for you, being robbed makes you feel violated. It's bad enough to lose possesions, but for someone to break into your home to do it is an awful feeling. I'm just glad that you both were gone and weren't harmed.

    {{hugs scorpa}}
     
  11. Nov 5, 2006 #10

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    Gang-related? Sounds like an organized ring of some sort. Somebody has to have disposal facilities in place to hit that many victims and profit from it. This might sound a bit weird to the Yanks, but most of that kind of stuff in Calgary and Edmonton seems to be the work of Oriental gangs. (No racism involved in that statement. We don't have stuff like Crips and Bloods, and the bikers don't go small-time. Most gang activity that impacts the public is Vietnamese.)
    Very sorry to hear about this, Scorpa. Even more sorry that I don't have the proper contacts in your city to sort it out for you. W's niece and a couple of other relatives are there, though, so I might be able to hook up a solution. No guarantees, though.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2006 #11
    Thanks everybody for the well wishes. And don't worry about anything Danger (but thank you very much!!), things are pretty much sorted out now I guess, now it's just waiting for the insurance agencies to open on Monday. I'm not expecting to see any of the stuff again which is to bad, because a lot of it was the kind of stuff you can't really replace. And yeah I don't know about the gang thing, I know the Oriental gangs do a lot of stuff like that, but there is only one set of footprints in the snow outside. I think they just planned to get in and grab a few things until they found my car keys and suddenly found themselves with the ability to take everything and get away quick. Needless to say my midterm this week probably won't go to well, I'm not finding a lot of time to study for it, not to mention the fact that I couldnt not feel less like studying right now.
     
  13. Nov 5, 2006 #12

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    Uhh, that really does suck, sorry to hear that. Actually, by reading this I relalize that I live in a great town. The 'worse' thing that happened was that my car got stolen twice, and it was found every time after two or three days, undamaged, only out of gas.
     
  14. Nov 5, 2006 #13

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    I'm glad that things are beginning to normalize for you. This might sound a little crazy to you, but try to put the entire incident out of your mind until after your exam. Just do as I do... tell yourself that what's done is done, what will be done is yet to come, and in the meantime there's nothing that you can do about it. It won't be easy, but it might allow you the opportunity to focus on your education and dead-smack that test.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2006 #14

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    I know this situation sucks, but you may be able to gain some good from this. I used to try to keep in touch with people taking my courses so we could compare notes, and often I found that the WAY that the notes were taken gave me a little extra insight when compared with mine. Your notes may be on your stolen computer, but certainly, there's relevant stuff in your head, so if you can get classmates to share their notes with you, you may still be able to do really well on the mid-terms.

    In college (when a 4-function calculator cost 1/2 a semester's tuition!), when someone was taking a course that I was planning to take, and they made notes in their texts, I usually offered to buy their books, and I sold my texts (with my notes in the margins) for more than the book exchange would ever give me for them. Hopefully, you've got some decent note-takers to help you.
     
  16. Nov 5, 2006 #15

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    If you talk with your professors and explain the situation, you may be able to get your mid-terms pushed back to give you time to study
     
  17. Nov 5, 2006 #16
    I have all of the notes from the classes, but I always make notes from the text as well because this class is an arts options and there is always way more in the book that we are expected to know than is actually taught in class, but most people just read the book and dont bother to make extra notes so I am kind of sunk in that respect. And I don't think my prof would push the test back, he is a bit of an ass. I'm just going ot have to study my ass off from now until wednesday.
     
  18. Nov 5, 2006 #17

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    Don't study it completely off, or you won't be able to sit on your bike. (And it could be detrimental to your social life. :biggrin: )
     
  19. Nov 5, 2006 #18

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    That really sucks! I agree with Office Shredder, talk with your profs about this. Believe it or not, we're not all evil trolls out to get the students. It sounds like a very good reason to get an extension for assignments due and to take make-up exams at a later date.

    It doesn't necessarily need to be gangs. Just a couple 2-bit crooks can do a lot in a short time, especially if they know apartments are mostly occupied by students...they know you have computers around and that nobody will notice a strange vehicle in a driveway with the numbers of visitors students have, and they also know the apartments aren't occupied much during the day when everyone is at classes. It really doesn't take long at all for them to really clean out a place.

    That especially sucks that your car was stolen too! I guess that's a downside to all the keyless entry systems...they just have to walk around the garage pushing the button until a car beeps back.
     
  20. Nov 5, 2006 #19
    LOL Danger

    Moonbear, the building I live in there actually aren't a lot of student and it is right by a main road, very visible. And the building manager is there all day and her office is right next to my apartment so there were lots of people around, whoever broke in took a big chance of getting caught. And I definitely don't think all my profs are unreasonable, most of them I really like and get along with well but this guy likes to make a habit of ridiculing students in front of the class and whatnot so I don't know how far I would get with him.
     
  21. Nov 5, 2006 #20

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    Have you ever seen that show, "It takes a thief?" It's some former thief who shows people how vulnerable their properties are to burglary and after he breaks in and shows them how quickly he can get away with a lot of stuff with nobody noticing, they then show how to improve the security of their property. Anyway, one of the things I've heard time and again on that show is "lots of people are home during the day and would call the cops if someone broke in." But, then he'll just back a van up to their garage (sometimes their own vehicle), and nobody notices anything. It just looks like someone is unloading groceries or has a repairman there for something.

    Though, if you're right next to the manager's office, either this is someone who has spent a good deal of time casing the place to know when the manager is out, or it's someone living in your own complex who knows the comings and goings of people there and wouldn't catch the manager's notice if s/he was walking around the apartments. Being near the main road really doesn't help, because nobody driving along a busy road is looking to see what anyone is doing along the apartments they pass. Even if they saw someone carrying a computer out, it's not the sort of thing that they're going to stop to watch.

    Hopefully they got some good fingerprints and this is someone already or soon to be in the "system" so they can get him/her caught!

    Not to make you more paranoid than you probably already are now, but get your landlord to replace the broken door with something much stronger, and be especially vigilant as you replace your stolen belongings. Don't leave the cardboard boxes from computers out for the trash where anyone can see them, and stuff like that. I've heard of cases where the thieves return a second time to steal the new stuff as it gets replaced. Especially if someone was so bold as to rob the apartment right next to the manager's office, I wouldn't put it past them. If you can afford it, you might even ask if the manager will agree to allow you to have a security system installed.
     
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