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Homeless Day 10, Part 2: burglary

Last night my car was broken into. It was one of at least three cars in this neighborhood, on this street, that were burglarized, probably at about four in the morning (someone heard dogs start to bark then). This is a gated community, meaning you need a code to enter, but everyone knows that's no protection.

As I stood outside waiting for the police a number of neighbors came out of their houses, each with a tale to tell. The policewoman, when she arrived, recommended that everyone get together and call on the association to do more to protect the property. The association dues are fairly high already, and I suspect a security guard, even just at night, would not add much to the cost. Probably shouldn't add anything, considering.

My car window was broken:

My satellite radio was ripped out, my glovebox opened and everything emptied, my map compartment also, and the little change I had for parking meters was of course stolen.

Worse, they got in the trunk and took two camera lenses, a good tripod, a camera bag, other camera equipment (but fortunately not the cameras themselves; they were inside), plus two boxes of emergency equipment: tools, cleaners, stuff like that, and my auto first aid kit. They probably needed the first aid kit because someone got cut while breaking into these cars. There was blood on a rock as well as on my door handle.

I am telling myself that it's only money. Money will fix this, will replace what I value, over time. Yet I still feel weepy, ready to burst into tears at any second.

The police did arrive, which at least is one good thing. Elaine tells me they wouldn't even show up for her car burglaries a couple of years ago - three of them. Perhaps it was the blood. Or the fact that at least three of us were burglarized. I have the police report number, a form to fill out with details of what was stolen. I called my insurance company and learned that they wouldn't cover anything that was stolen (I don't have a homeowners' policy - we may recall I don't have a home, for that matter, yet) and I have a $500 deductible. My insurance rate won't go up if I file a claim but it may not be worth the trouble.

I'm taking a few breaths now before I decide on my next move.


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Jun. 20th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That sucks. Ironic that you didn't get burglarized at any of the little motels you stayed at, only to get dinged in the gated community.

But you're ok, and that's the main thing.
Jun. 20th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
That's right. New Cuyama would have been an ideal burglary location. And I am glad nobody was hurt and that what is gone is replaceable.

Years ago my camera was stolen, with film in it. Pictures of my first child, my first baby, pictures from that first day that can never be replaced. I have still not gotten over that entirely.

It's hard right now but it will be okay.
Jun. 20th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to read this and I hope you're feeling less fragile today.

My husband's car was broken into once, and all they took was the first aid kit. I'm still wondering about that one.
Jun. 20th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm handling it. Maybe not as well as I might hope but okay.

When I told the neighbors that my first aid kit was taken one of them laughed: no doubt taken to fix the wounds they'd gotten breaking in.
Jun. 20th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
If you want pictures of me as a newborn baby, I could pretend :)

Jun. 20th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
(laughing) You could try. Got to be black and white, though.
Jun. 20th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry this happened to you. You feel a violation - an unfairness. Something good, somehow will come out of this someday.


(((BIG HUG)))
Jun. 21st, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh no Judith! I am so sorry this happened!
Jun. 21st, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
THank you for your concern. It really does suck but I'm working through it one step at a time. Getting the car window fixed helped a lot.
Jun. 21st, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
I have been so covered up, I did not see this yesterday until today after I saw your entry today which referred to yesterday .. what gets taken seldom makes any sense, does it .. and why they picked you makes even less sense. Hope it does not take you long to get everything back in order.
Jun. 21st, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your thoughts. Not much makes sense, really, ever. Most of what's stolen is replaceable, if expensive. Some things I can never get back. I realized just today that the old portable typewriter that I was bringing to my daughter Elaine, who owned it and left it at my house, is gone. I can't replace that. Somehow I feel sadder about that, which has little value in money, than about the expensive equipment that I can replace.
Jun. 23rd, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hope you are doing better
Hi Jud,

So sorry to hear about your breakin. It really is being violated to have that happen. I have just completed a horrendous week at work where I had no time to write anything. I have a free day today so I am catching up. I hope they took blood samples!!! And that things get back to normal soon. Love, Bid
Jun. 24th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: Hope you are doing better
The police officer did take the rock with the blood on it, which I took to be a good sign. I am sure that they will not do anything with it unless they get a suspect but taking the rock at least gives them a chance to get a conviction.

I've been adjusting to the loss gradually. Gonna be okay, of course. But at times I feel really low, dark, empty.
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