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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #25 on: September 15, 2018, 02:43:18 PM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.

Good thing they brought you back all those times, otherwise you would've been gone for good
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2018, 02:47:29 PM »

I was a victim of a series of home invasions in 2009-10, and the response was always, "Move to a neighborhood where this doesn't happen."

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #27 on: September 15, 2018, 02:48:58 PM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.
Good thing they brought you back all those times, otherwise you would've been gone for good

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #28 on: September 15, 2018, 03:15:32 PM »

I had my car windshield broken by a couple of mischievous youths prowling my alley late at night. They took an extinguisher to my Golf's windshield, and then proceeded to spray it down for fun. I thought it was funny, until I realized that tiny fragments of broken glass would probably be there for years (no matter how many times I detailed the car), and my deductible for a windshield replacement ($300) was more than the windshield.

More seriously, I've had two knives pulled on me:

* Once at a gas station, after someone failed to convince me to buy them half a tank of fuel (they won the argument, as you might imagine).

*The second time was at work, while I was a valet. Homeless guy walks off the street, hops into a lady's car (without a key), and tries to drive off. I pull him out of the car, and chase him down the driveway, only for him to turn around near the sidewalk and point a knife at me. I backed off, but then he ran off and proceeded to try and kill himself about 15 minutes later (according to Tacoma Police).
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2018, 03:25:39 PM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.

Good thing they brought you back all those times, otherwise you would've been gone for good

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2018, 09:13:11 PM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.

And was it Melisandre, or Thoros of Myr who brought you back?

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2018, 09:33:12 PM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.
Iíve only been mostly dead.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2018, 06:16:00 AM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.

And was it Melisandre, or Thoros of Myr who brought you back?

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2018, 09:37:05 AM »

I've had pieces of my car stolen while it was parked on the streets of New York City twice. First time I found my car sitting on cinderblocks with no wheels. Second time I found the drivers' side window smashed and the drivers' side airbag missing.

I also had someone attempt to carjack me once but that didn't work out for them since I didn't fall for their ruse. Guy starts pointing at my car while I'm stopped at a red light and yelling "yo there's some smoke coming out of your car right there" and waving at me to pull aside like he and his buddy were going to help me get some problem fixed. I floored it as soon as the light turned green. Found another place to pull over further down the road and look around under the hood. There was nothing wrong with the car, naturally.

And yeah I've had credit/debit card numbers stolen, but who hasn't. That's a minor annoyance, they cancel the card and send you a new one and you otherwise lose nothing.



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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #34 on: September 16, 2018, 08:11:22 PM »

And yeah I've had credit/debit card numbers stolen, but who hasn't. That's a minor annoyance, they cancel the card and send you a new one and you otherwise lose nothing.
Once I had my wallet stolen and my credit card company decided the fraudulent charges were not, in fact, fraudulent. There were a lot of hoops to jump through after that.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #35 on: September 16, 2018, 11:31:09 PM »

And yeah I've had credit/debit card numbers stolen, but who hasn't. That's a minor annoyance, they cancel the card and send you a new one and you otherwise lose nothing.
Once I had my wallet stolen and my credit card company decided the fraudulent charges were not, in fact, fraudulent. There were a lot of hoops to jump through after that.

Same. Lost my wallet on a bus and the assholes who found it decided to treat themselves to some shit at the gas station across the street from campus. Bank said "sorry, fuck you". At least it was "only" $12.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2018, 08:13:33 AM »

Come to think of it, when I lived in Greenbelt, MD, we had neighbors that attempted to break into our apartment.  The police's response was, "Yeah, you shouldn't live there."
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2018, 10:05:59 AM »

Anyone ever been stolen from, burglarized, assaulted, or otherwise victimized by a lawbreaker?

You mean besides being hit by a DUI (twice), Auto Burglary (about 5 times), Robbery (at Driver Training), and Domestic Violence (in a car), and Vehicular Assault? ... And that doesn't include acts (such as fraud, residential burglary, workers' comp fraud, phone menace and threats, auto menacing, intentional damaged to an occupied vehicle, gaming control violations, etc), that were probably crimes that I either didn't report or which I did report and LE or the DA decided not to pursue)  ...

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2018, 11:21:19 AM »

Iíve been murdered three times. It sucked.

Only on AARoads, will you get this kind of responses to this kind of thread.  :-D
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2018, 12:02:21 PM »

I was a victim of a series of home invasions in 2009-10, and the response was always, "Move to a neighborhood where this doesn't happen."

Come to think of it, when I lived in Greenbelt, MD, we had neighbors that attempted to break into our apartment.  The police's response was, "Yeah, you shouldn't live there."

I have never heard of a police department that shows much interest in solving property crimes unless there is some sort of surveillance evidence that allows a perpetrator to be identified, regardless of how prosperous the neighborhood is.  And even when footage is available for residential burglaries and auto thefts, typically from entry-level nannycam systems, I see it posted on Facebook a lot more often ("Please help us identify these awful people who drove up in a car and stole a package from my porch/got into my unlocked vehicle while I was idling it to warm it up on a cold morning") than I hear of any investigative effort being dedicated.

I think it ultimately comes down to triage of resources.  Police would rather have a burglar come in and clear up 70+ burglaries in consideration of leniency in sentencing rather than spend a lot of staff resource on just one burglary.  They would rather recover stolen property after it has been abandoned and is phoned in as a public nuisance (e.g., stolen vehicle taken for a joyride and then left at the curb for longer than whatever the curbside parking limit is in the community) than try to chase it using the theft itself as the starting point.

It is not at all uncommon for the police response to a property crime to bear far more heavily on the victim than on the perpetrator.  A few years ago, in my mostly Anglo subdivision, we had a Hispanic family living a few doors down on the other side of the street.  One day black graffiti was observed on the side of their house, alleging (in Spanish) that the daughter was a prostitute.  911 was called, as was the father, who was then at his job.  My mother observed the police officer and the father in the front yard in a tense standoff.  We later learned that the police officer had told the father to overpaint the graffiti immediately, as in go to the paint store and buy the supplies RIGHT NOW, don't wait until the weekend or whenever you think you might have the time.  AFAIK, the person responsible for the graffiti was never caught.

About a decade ago we had a spate of burglaries in our subdivision, none of which was ever solved.  We received support from the police to set up a neighborhood watch, and we were advised to keep exterior doors locked and garage doors shut.  (Previously it was quite common to leave doors unlocked when gardening or mowing the lawn, and to keep garage doors open for hours on end.)  Aside from this, there was no law-enforcement intervention.  This was in a fairly prosperous neighborhood, built out about thirty years ago, where SFR property values are at or slightly above the local median, in a ZIP code that has basically not seen any homicides over the last 25 years that were not somehow connected to domestic violence.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2018, 12:24:43 PM »

I havenít found the police to be particularly helpful when Iím filing a police report for no other reason than the fact that Iím required to in order to file an insurance claim. Nor do I expect them to; as noted above, they have bigger fish to fry.

I also found (and find) it pretty terrible that, the one time I had to file a police report when I left a smartphone in the back of a limo in NYC and had to file a police report in order to get a new one, the desk sergeant was a lot nicer to me than she was to any of the non-white people entering the precinct, but thatís another story for another day (and another forum).
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2018, 02:15:36 PM »

Least seriously, had a couple bicycles stolen from my front porch.

More seriously, In 1990, I was working the graveyard shift at a 7-11 on Caton Farm Rd. in Crest Hill, IL. Sometime around midnight a couple thugs came in, pointed a gun at my head and demanded all the money.  I gave them everything in the drawer, and $20 from the safe.  They demanded that I open the lotto machine.  I told them there's nothing in it, but they "insisted," so I opened it.  THey next "requested" my wallet. Then they demanded that I open the register in the liquor area, but that was a register I didn't have a key for. They took a board that was leaning against the wall and started hitting me with it.  It contacted on my thigh twice.  THen they started kicking me in the mouth, then threatened to shoot me if I didn't try protecting myself.  THen they fled.  Fortunately this was the time that the local cops came in for their nightly donut (I'm not joking.  I had been working this shift for a week, and like clockwork, they came in at this time to get a donut and coffee.)

Ultimately they got away with around $40 and a Playboy, and my wallet (which had nothing in it.)  The cops recovered my wallet behind the speedway gas station next door.

This whole situation is one reason I don't trust the news, because the newspaper stated "the robbers tore a piece of shelving loose and continually beat the clerk with it."
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #42 on: September 17, 2018, 04:03:19 PM »

I was a victim of a series of home invasions in 2009-10, and the response was always, "Move to a neighborhood where this doesn't happen."

Come to think of it, when I lived in Greenbelt, MD, we had neighbors that attempted to break into our apartment.  The police's response was, "Yeah, you shouldn't live there."

I have never heard of a police department that shows much interest in solving property crimes unless there is some sort of surveillance evidence that allows a perpetrator to be identified, regardless of how prosperous the neighborhood is.  And even when footage is available for residential burglaries and auto thefts, typically from entry-level nannycam systems, I see it posted on Facebook a lot more often ("Please help us identify these awful people who drove up in a car and stole a package from my porch/got into my unlocked vehicle while I was idling it to warm it up on a cold morning") than I hear of any investigative effort being dedicated.

I think it ultimately comes down to triage of resources.  Police would rather have a burglar come in and clear up 70+ burglaries in consideration of leniency in sentencing rather than spend a lot of staff resource on just one burglary.  They would rather recover stolen property after it has been abandoned and is phoned in as a public nuisance (e.g., stolen vehicle taken for a joyride and then left at the curb for longer than whatever the curbside parking limit is in the community) than try to chase it using the theft itself as the starting point.

It is not at all uncommon for the police response to a property crime to bear far more heavily on the victim than on the perpetrator.  A few years ago, in my mostly Anglo subdivision, we had a Hispanic family living a few doors down on the other side of the street.  One day black graffiti was observed on the side of their house, alleging (in Spanish) that the daughter was a prostitute.  911 was called, as was the father, who was then at his job.  My mother observed the police officer and the father in the front yard in a tense standoff.  We later learned that the police officer had told the father to overpaint the graffiti immediately, as in go to the paint store and buy the supplies RIGHT NOW, don't wait until the weekend or whenever you think you might have the time.  AFAIK, the person responsible for the graffiti was never caught.

About a decade ago we had a spate of burglaries in our subdivision, none of which was ever solved.  We received support from the police to set up a neighborhood watch, and we were advised to keep exterior doors locked and garage doors shut.  (Previously it was quite common to leave doors unlocked when gardening or mowing the lawn, and to keep garage doors open for hours on end.)  Aside from this, there was no law-enforcement intervention.  This was in a fairly prosperous neighborhood, built out about thirty years ago, where SFR property values are at or slightly above the local median, in a ZIP code that has basically not seen any homicides over the last 25 years that were not somehow connected to domestic violence.

That honestly sounds insulting to the victims of property crimes. If the police are putting all the burden on the victims (or basically blowing them off), then it sounds like they're not doing their job.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #43 on: September 17, 2018, 04:28:07 PM »

I have had two different cars broken into.  For one car, the passenger side window was smashed, but nothing taken.  The other had no damage, but the glove compartment was ransacked -- I lost a camera (my sign camera) and a Tom-Tom.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #44 on: September 17, 2018, 04:58:44 PM »

That honestly sounds insulting to the victims of property crimes. If the police are putting all the burden on the victims (or basically blowing them off), then it sounds like they're not doing their job.

Ultimately, it comes down to rational allocation of tax money.  If you report a property crime, you may get tea and sympathy, or you may not, but ultimately the police are not going to dedicate any resources to an investigation that has the theft or vandalism as the starting point.  An ounce of prevention is not worth a pound of cure in this case--it is more like a hundredweight of cure.

Part of the reason the police officer insisted on the graffiti being overpainted right away is that gangs tend to see vandalism left unrepaired as a sign the neighborhood is ripe for them to move in.  The empirical observation is that vandalism in general tends to be more of a problem in spaces that appear to be uncurated.  In urban freeway design and management contexts this can often drive decisions about underpass lighting, maintenance standards for prompt overpainting of graffiti, etc.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #45 on: September 17, 2018, 05:43:00 PM »

That honestly sounds insulting to the victims of property crimes. If the police are putting all the burden on the victims (or basically blowing them off), then it sounds like they're not doing their job.

Ultimately, it comes down to rational allocation of tax money.  If you report a property crime, you may get tea and sympathy, or you may not, but ultimately the police are not going to dedicate any resources to an investigation that has the theft or vandalism as the starting point.  An ounce of prevention is not worth a pound of cure in this case--it is more like a hundredweight of cure.

Part of the reason the police officer insisted on the graffiti being overpainted right away is that gangs tend to see vandalism left unrepaired as a sign the neighborhood is ripe for them to move in.  The empirical observation is that vandalism in general tends to be more of a problem in spaces that appear to be uncurated.  In urban freeway design and management contexts this can often drive decisions about underpass lighting, maintenance standards for prompt overpainting of graffiti, etc.

Essentially thatís the basic gist of the Broken Windows Crime Prevention Theory.

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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2018, 09:42:19 PM »

I had my car broken into twice. When I had my old Mercury Topaz, someone stole my winter coat when I was at a bar in Fremont, NE, and when I had my old Saturn SL2, someone stole a number of old CD's when I was at the old Borders in Omaha.  Don't leave anything out in plain sight, people
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #47 on: September 22, 2018, 01:58:10 PM »

The worst for me (so far) has just been having my car gotten into over night twice after I left it unlocked both nights.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #48 on: September 23, 2018, 09:43:15 AM »

We were "victims" once when some thieves "broke into" our cars overnight a number of years back. Being in a small town, my wife was used to leaving everything unlocked all the time, even though me, being from a bigger city, locked everything all the time, and tried to convince her to do the same. The thieves entered our cars at night and rummaged through them. We only lost a few dollars in cash, which I consider really lucky. My wife had left her car unlocked, with the keys and her purse inside. They had rummaged though the car and left things a mess, and we found her purse a block away in the street with her credit cards and other things scattered about. I had even left my car unlocked that night, even though I usually locked it. Luckily they didn't take anything from my car, not even my stack of CDs or my aftermarket stereo and speakers. They left the doors on the cars ajar as to not make noise slamming them shut, which was a clue they had been entered. A couple neighbors also had their cars rummaged through and left a mess, but they didn't really lose anything of value. The thieves were eventually caught when they used a cellphone they had taken and were able to be tracked. This incident finally convinced my wife to start locking everything up at night.
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Re: Has anyone here ever been the victim of a crime?
« Reply #49 on: September 23, 2018, 05:26:31 PM »

My wife is also from a small town, and also insisted on leaving the door to our apartments open (she seems to have cured herself of the habit now that we live in a townhouse). We were never robbed, though.
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