Have you ever been broken into?

@ronaldinu (12445)
Malta
February 26, 2010 1:01pm CST
Has your house ever broken into? I live in a safe neighbourhood. I have never had trouble regarding this aspect. I also leave a second floor small bathroom window open so that a bit of fresh air can come in while we are not there. Are you afraid of burglars? Have you ever been broken into? Unfortunately my wife's car was broken into when we were at the beach some years ago. We had a black pouch for the bible. The burglars might have mistook it for a stereo and they threw it some metres away from where our car was parked.
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@xenobane (205)
• Canada
4 Mar 10
Altough my home did not experience such event, there was a close call. It was last year's thanksgiving, and it was on broad day light. A guy came to knock on my doors, because we didn't expect any vistors, and there was no chance someone was making a sale on a holiday, I did not answer the door. The man stayed infront of the door for sometime, because my door window was screened, he couldn't see me inside. I saw him bending over on my door mat, and I figured he was trying to find the keys underneath, which some home owner often place their keys there, but not for us. He got nothing, and he just left. When I thought he was gone for good, he came right into our backyard! There were fences seperating all the houses, and he just came in like it was a picnic. I thought he might be looking for his pet or something, but he just came stright to our patio door, and tried to look inside. By then I figured he might be a burglar trying to find his way in. But I was sitting right beside the door, and he saw me. He was wearing sun glasses, so I couldn't see his face, but once I saw me he just took off. Jumping over the 1 meter tall fence like it was nothing, and ran away through our neighbour's backyard. I didn't get much detail down as it happened so quick, but I believe one of my neighours saw him, and filed a police report. It was a really close call, I don't know what he would do if there was no one home. After that incident, I decided to strengthen my home security. I placed patio lock on the back door, and also got a steel door bar to block my front door. Usually we'll leave home through the garage, therefore I can leave the front door barred for the most of the time, even the lock is picked the door will not open. We should leave no item of interest for burglars to target our homes, and we should stay alert at all times.
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
It was definitely a close call. I am glad that you are safe and sound and that nothing happened to you. thanks for sharing. Your posting is an eye opener not to leave any keys under the door mat.
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
2 Mar 10
No, we've never had our house broken in to, Thank God, we live out in the country, and we never lock our doors, I know we should, so I guess we take it for granted that its never happened. The area we live in is pretty safe, and there isn't alot of crime out here, I like where we live.
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
Why do you think that the countryside is much more safer than a city? thanks for sharing.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
28 Mar 10
This is a good issue and I am sure a lot of people worry about that,and I can honestly say our house has never been broke into and we have lived here going on ten years,we live in the country and all of our neighbors are friendly and watch out for each other which is the way it should be,and the house we lived in before his one which we lived in for like fifteen years was never broken into,and we have never had a vehicle broken into,but my wife used to have a friend who liked to spend money and one day while she was at the movie theater with her boyfriend his car was broken into and they lost their stereo I believe and CD's other things,and she was not smart the very next day she went back to the movie theater,lol she was definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
29 Mar 10
I hope that your house will never be broken into. I m glad that I live in a safe neighbourhood too. Thanks for your reply
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• United States
31 Mar 10
Thanks for the well wishes and I hope you never get broken into either,and your always welcome for the reply my friend,and I look forward to responding to more of your discussions in the future.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
28 Feb 10
our house has never been broken in by burglars. but i can remember breaking into our house when i was still a teenager. that's because i usually go out with friends and go back home early dawn.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
thanks for your reply. LOL breaking into your own house is another story! :) Hope that you did not get a good beating by your parents who mistook you for a thief!
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
6 Mar 10
no because i will make sure that windows are not properly closed when i get out but will not be noticeable by other people outside or members of my family in the house.
• United States
20 Mar 10
Once someone broke into my car and stole my mother's set of knives. It cost several hundred dollars to replace but I wasn't scared because no one was hurt. A bulgary sounds much more scary. Two of my friends' house were burglarized. It was scary for something like that to happen to people so close to me. One of them was forced at knife point to open his house door.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
20 Mar 10
Hi animgirl I hope that no one of us here, experience this... Thanks for your reply
@KrauseHome (34983)
• United States
6 Mar 10
It has been many yrs. now since I have lived somewhere that was broken into. The only time my place was broken into, I had a lot of items stolen, and it was from a guy that had tried to Rape me who I ended up fighting off, and he came back later that night and broke into my house. If I would have been there I would probably not be alive. But they did catch him with the stuff he stole, and he was acused of Rape and put a restraining order on. So in that case I think the material things far outweigh what could have been.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
HI KrausHOme. I hope that you have received psychological help following your ordeal. It is not nice to have your belongings stolen but on the other hand is much better than experiencing much worse things such as rape. What precautions do you take so no such thing would happen again to you? What advice do you give to us especially women? thanks for sharing.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
2 Mar 10
Nope, not for me though.. MY area is quite safe, and besides it's just a small area with lotsa elderly though.. hehe ^_^ Luckily for us, neighbours will always tend to keep a lookout for each other, and thus nothing serious had happened.. However, one of the neighbours living in my block does not have such luck though.. THeir house was broken into in board daylight, with the host at home!!
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
2 Mar 10
Oh he seems quite unlucky. I hope that it won't happen to anybody of us here.
@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
28 Feb 10
I do not remember ever being robbed or broken in to. We do not really lock up, but we have different people working different shifts and so we almost always have someone here or awake. I have not had anything stolen from any cars either. I think I am too poor and look too poor for people to want to take anything away.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
Hmm I hope that things remain that way for you. (that you remain crime free) thanks for sharing.
@bingchen (1126)
• China
27 Feb 10
i have this experience and make me fear.i find that my computer was stolen in my room.i dont believe that this thing happen around me.actually i find that i couldnt pay attention to this problem which my window is opened and my door is easy to open.so finally my computer was stolen by burglars.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
thanks for your sharing. It makes us aware to be careful about our belongings.
@adamc151 (479)
27 Feb 10
Our house has never been broken into, at either of the 2 houses we have lived in. However, at both houses we have known people nearby who have been broken into. One house had both their cars stolen too. We do live in a safe area i think, i guess you just can't really get away from these things.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
You ll always have to be on the lookout by not leaving doors or windows open for easy access. Thanks for sharing
• India
27 Feb 10
i live in a safe scociety but chances are always present for theft..
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
True we have always to be on the alert. Thanks for sharing
@derek_a (10902)
27 Feb 10
We live in a low crime area now (touch wood!). We moved here from the city 11 months ago. There we had to have an alarm on our house, and our car and garage was broken into a few times. The alarm kept burglars away, but others houses in the street where we lived were regularly getting broken into. There were many students in the area that left laptops in the houses and the thieves got to know about this and could easily break into the houses that weren't left very secure at all. _Derek
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
hi Derek I am happy that you live in a low crime area. I bet the cities are more vulnerable for crime and theft. If I had to move to UK, I always dreamed to live in the countryside.
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
26 Feb 10
I have always been really paranoid of having someone break into my house or car, but luckily it has never happened to me. Before my dad had me (and was in college or something) he had a really nice Corvet that his parents bought him. He was always a pretty irresponsible guy, and he left his keys in that car and did not lock the doors when he went in a bar. The car got stolen and he didn't have insurance. That story has always haunted me, and I am almost OCD about locking doors and windows.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
I think we have to be careful of our belongings. Leaving cars in a car is inviting thieves to steal your car. So I am always in favour of taking the necessary steps to safeguard our property. Thanks for sharing.
• Canada
26 Feb 10
Hi ronaldinu, Im touching my head and wood, we had 2 cars stolen. The first was by the police (long story) the second was stolen for the size of it. The burglars wanted to carry copper pipes and our Cadillac could give them the space for this. We got rid of the car short after. I didnt feel it was "mine" anymore.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
I am sorry to hear that you had two cars stolen. I do share your feelings that once something is broken into such as you car you feel that your rights have been violated. Thanks for sharing.
@ErickJ (186)
• United States
26 Feb 10
It came close to being broken into when i was 7 or 8 years old. they had went through the backyard and trying to get one of the bedroom windows open.My sister was the only one home and it was a good thing that our little dog was in the back yard barking at them to alert my sister.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
Thank god for your pet dog....
@spalladino (17926)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Many years ago one of our vehicles was vandalized and our house broken into while my ex, the kids and I were away for the weekend. We decided to come home on Saturday night instead of Sunday morning and actually almost walked in while the 3 boys were still in our house. Because most of what was stolen belonged to my son, who was a teenager, we suspected it was someone he knew and asked the family who lived nextdoor if they had seen anything. Sure enough, their son (a year older than mine) had been hanging out front with some kids and was able to give the police information which lead to their arrest. Unfortunately, a collection of rings that had belonged to me was not recovered...and unfortunately for the parents of that boy, they had to pay restitution.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
Its unfortunate that you had to experience this. At least you managed to caught the culprit and some of your belongings have been returned to you. It's sad that your collection of rings was not returned since this might have had a sentimental value which money cannot replace.
• Philippines
26 Feb 10
Fortunately not yet, and I'm hoping it don't happen to us. But then again, I am quite positive that it is impossible, because our house is just right in front of a church. My wife and I are friends with the utility men, security guards, and the custodians in the church. Even the priest! Everytime we leave the house, we just wave at the them and they know right away that they are to watch over the house while we are away. There was this one time when I slept early. Round 1pm and woke up 9pm. I was exhausted that day. My wife was at work. So dark enveloped the whole house because I was asleep during the time when I was supposed to be switching the lights on. I woke up and I was walking around the house blinded by the dark, when suddenly there was a beam of light moving around the glass windows and glass doors. Then came in one of the church's security guards. We were both dumbfounded to be staring at each other. Apparently, they thought that nobody was in so it alerted them to see someone moving around the house. We ended up drinking coffee together and I just made him a sandwich. =P Nice people!
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
Hi meloncollie its nice to feel safe without the need to take extra safety measures that your house will be broken into. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
26 Feb 10
Hi ronaldiu, Many years ago when we lived in London, our flat was broken into and we lived on the top floor, as usual the police never caught whoever done, I suffered a breakdown after that and moved out of ther and stay with my in-laws whenich didn't help, then we moved here out into the country in Sussex, I love it here as all my neighbours are very friendly and when we do go away, they look after our house and our cats. We have been here now for 25 years now and nothing has happened to worry us, I am happiest here. Tamara
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
6 Mar 10
I am glad that you have a safer neighbourhood in Sussex. If I lived in UK I would want to live in the countryside. ... I love the countryside better than cities.
• Canada
26 Feb 10
About 12 years ago I use to live with my mother and sister in a area where there was a lot of apartments getting breaking into. One day when I was off to work and when I came back home, my mother had told me that our apartment had been breaking into and our computer was stolen. On that day everyone was at work, but the funny thing is that it was pouring rain that day and I was almost going to turn back and go back home. I do not regret not turning back because no one will ever know who could of got injured or probably worse.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
4 Mar 10
Yes its better to have a computer stolen, rather than to be harmed or possible worse for a couple of hundred dollars.
• Ireland
26 Feb 10
Yes, unfortunately we were burgled and everything that could be moved was taken from our house, even our credit cards and cheque book. It was late on a Friday evening and we didn't know what we would do for money for the weekend but I later discovered some money in a drawer that I had forgotten about. Our car was stolen twice and it was broken into a few times, once while we were away on holidays. It's an awful feeling when something like this happens but thankfully we are over it now.
@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
4 Mar 10
I am sure you felt awful. What did you do to ensure that such things never happen to you?