My Place Got Broken Into Today
Came home from work today to discover my place had been broken into. They got my computer, ipad, laptop. 3 different ipods, my digital camera and other assorted electronics.
Don't care about the stuff, but they grabbed 3 of my external drives that have all of my photos from the past 10 years on them. All of my most recent photos of my mom who passed away 2 years ago are gone as are photos of my niece.
They trashed my place--every drawer in the house was emptied onto the floor. My cat is hiding somewhere, scared out of her mind.
I'm completely pissed off. Can't stop checking iCloud's find my phone online to see if somebody turns the iPad on.
I know I won't sleep tonight.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||05/18/2013|
Very sorry, OP. I've been robbed too. It's horrible.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||05/15/2013|
Sorry OP. That's never happened to me, knock on wood, but I hope you're not offended if I suggest, it could have been worse - God forbid, there could have been a fire, or flooding. I hope you are able to somehow track it down, but if not, I'm glad you're okay.
Where approximately do you live?
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/15/2013|
So sorry OP. It will bother you for a while then you'll slowly get back to where you were. I hope you can find your pictures somehow. I lost a necklace my grandmother gave me. I'll never find it.
You feel violated. You want to wish harm on who did it!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/15/2013|
Im sorry, at least you are safe
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/15/2013|
What are hou posting on if everything was taken?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/15/2013|
First thing you should do is stop any and all checks that are missing.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||05/15/2013|
Sorry to hear this. What city and neighborhood do you live in?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/15/2013|
Your place was robbed, all your technology taken, and you stop to log into Data Lounge through - what, osmosis??
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/15/2013|
Too bad your drives weren't backed up to the cloud. I feel terrible for you. It's like getting raped. You just need to figure out what you'll do going forward. Did they take all your expensive fragrances? It's odd sometimes the stuff burglars take..
|by Anonymous||reply 12||05/15/2013|
R7, I had an old computer stuck in the back on my storage space, so I pulled it. They didn't touch my graveyard of old electronics.
R4, I don;t give a shit abut the stuff. Insurance will take care of all of that. I'm pissed that I lost all my photos and I can't replace them. Thought I was being overly cautious backing the stuff onto 3 hard drives, but it did no good since those are gone. It's also really upsetting knowing somebody has gone through all of my stuff. Every drawer in the house was emptied.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/15/2013|
OP, I am so sorry that happened to you. I am especially sorry about your photos.
r4, you are a major asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/15/2013|
Bunch of cold hearted bitches oh wait this is Datalounge.
Sorry for you loss OP happened to me, it sucks and it changes you. You may upgrade your living space and was it an insider job? Handman's friends or delivery boy's buddy? It's usually something like that...
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/15/2013|
[QUOTE]Did they take all your expensive fragrances?
Yeah, that's what matters, cologne.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/16/2013|
Very sorry, OP. Theft is bad enough, but taking things like family pictures, which have no financial value but mean so much to you, is really low.
I came home after lunch one day & found my neighbor's indoor cat hiding under a car, terrified at being outside -- someone had broken in & the cat fled through the smashed window, then didn't know what to do. The fact that I saw her outside at a certain time helped the cops determine when the crime occurred, but they never did catch anyone.
This is happening more & more in my area, where cops are leaving for more lucrative jobs elsewhere following severe budget cuts. I now take small electronics with me if I have to leave the house empty during the day, try to make it look like someone's there (lights, radio, open drapes, etc.), & be sure that it's obvious we are at home the rest of the time.
Nosy neighbors can be a big help, if any of them are home regularly: retired or unemployed people; parents of little kids; caregivers with invalids; folks working at home; etc. Neighborhood Watch programs are a good idea (not the armed kind, just people keeping an eye on the street).
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/16/2013|
Sorry. If the sight of any of your remaining stuff is just too much for you to bear, can I have it?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/16/2013|
This is why backing up into the cloud makes so much sense.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/16/2013|
R20, when I was burglarized, they took the expensive fragrances, even some half-empty. It's not of any particular consequence, but it seemed odd to me. Maybe the detectives could profile the perps with such information.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/16/2013|
Sorry to hear about it, OP. What a terrible violation of your private space.
At the end of the day, it's all stuff, but your photos... maybe, just maybe, they will resurface.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/16/2013|
I'm sorry to hear this, totally sucks. I have very few photos of my loved ones as well due to similar circumstances...
I now leave the light on in my living room (which is visible from the street) 24/7.
maybe you can buy those stickers that says "protected by X security" and stick it on your front door or window.
Do you live in an apt building? You should warn your neighbors.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/16/2013|
I can empathize, OP. I too have been burglarized and it is a helpless feeling. I felt like I had been raped. The scary part is I suspect it was a trick I had taken home with me and allowed to stay for a couple of days (He was hot and great sex). I feel like he was watching the house because everything was okay until I came home and took my dog with me to go to the park for a run. We came back and the front door was open; every bit of electronic gadgets were missing. Odd part was that I had a large jar of quarters in plain sight and they weren't disturbed. Specialized robber I guess. Even though I had insurance, I still felt violated.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/16/2013|
r27, fuck off. Just get lost. Just get the fuck out of here, you insensitive clod of shit. Yeah, it COULD have been worse. The OP could have come home when they were there! Just think of how THAT might have gone over.
OP, sorry for your loss of the pics. That sucks.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/16/2013|
[quote]Were they black?
That reminds me. Don't use your toothbrush!
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/16/2013|
R27 Thanks for that!
OP I've had it happen twice. You have my sympathies. I never understand why burglary victims say they feel "violated," like rape victims do, until it happened to me. It's not comparable to rape, of course, but you do violated and vulnerable.
I lived then (and still do) in a rented house, in a not-so-great part of town, all I can afford. I still haven't replaced the computer--I'm on one all day at work, and can use my phone for things like DL at home.
I didn't lose personal pictures but I did lose many things I can't replace. I had CD backups of much of the docs (no cloud in 2006) but, inexplicably, they took those, too--including expensive programs like QuarkXpress.
To this day. I sleep with a light on in the living room and the TV on. Partially to make people think someone's awake, partially because the sound of the TV disguises innocuous sounds that constantly woke me up.
Good luck, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/16/2013|
[quote]Yeah, it COULD have been worse.
Of course it could have been worse. That doesn't mean that the OP is not allowed to complain, or that he's so stupid that he needs some screechy Miss Grundy to wave a finger in his face and enumerate all the ways it could have been worse, or that he's going to feel better about what happened to him because some dick just couldn't refrain from noting that "It could have been worse!!!!"
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/16/2013|
Moved to a high rise condo with 24 security and keyed -off elevators.
No thieves but I do miss my lovely house and garden. Sorry OP for your upset.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/16/2013|
The news just reported a young man parked his bicycle and turned away for just a minute. That's all it took for another young man to take off riding the now stolen bike.
At a hiking trail, an excited young guy came running as I walked to the parking lot. He breathlessly asked if I had seen anyone breaking into his car. He had taken off down the trail to jog. Was someone watching in the surrounding woods? Since there were only a few cars around, the thief broke the window, and stole his wallet, and fled on the highway not far away.
Even when moving one has to be careful. I went to my storage facility to move my belongings. Since it took two trips I had to leave one load behind. A very personable young man noted my dilemma, and said he'd watch my stuff while I went up to get the other load. Since the elevator was close to the office, I assumed he was an employee and went up. I had about 20 or more big boxes. And I didn't number them. Much later, I started to miss some jazz albums; a tape with deceased relatives reminiscing; old photographs, etc! It took a while to figure it out.
Just a coincidence, I'm sure. But incidents No. 1 and 3 happen to have had black men as the perpetrators.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/16/2013|
Awwww, OP your postmade me sad. I will go to sleep tonight thinking of you and sending kind thoughts your way. Feel better.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/16/2013|
Ohhh, r33, obviously you are one of those delightful charmers who never allows anyone to get away with complaining in peace, but always makes sure the complainer knows that "It could have been worse! It could have been worse!!"
Thanks so much for that invaluable public service; now, please give it a rest for a while.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/16/2013|
OP, the thieves will be back anticipating that you'll replace all those valuables.
Either get an alarm, better locks or simply lube up, present and wait for the surprise anal.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/16/2013|
OP, sorry for what you've been through.
As for some of the others on this thread: What is it about some gay men that they find it necessary to act so jaded, so untrusting? Why do all you people pop out of the woodwork to challenge OP's truthfulness? What is wrong with you that you think something like this can't or couldn't or doesn't happen every hour of every day? You are broken. As people, there is something deeply wrong with you.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/16/2013|
Still can't sleep. Still feel rattled. Also a little concerned that I wasn't able to secure the broken door well enough until I can deal with it tomorrow.
The cat is hiding in a closet in a pile of clothes I tossed in there to get them off the floor and out of the way. They emptied all of my dressers.
I'm pissed at myself as well. Thought I was covering my butt by having extra backups in case a drive failed, but never really thought about taking a backup and leaving it at a friend's place. Now it's too late.
Going to try an run a disc recovery on this old computer in a bit. I wiped the drive a few weeks ago and was going to give it to a friend who's computer died a while ago so she's be able to get online until she could afford a new one.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/16/2013|
For all the money you invested in technology, you seem to have failed to similarly invest in security. One less hard drive is a deadbolt, one less digital subscription is your ADT bill. Fool and his money.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/16/2013|
Always keep your backup harddrives at the bank. That's what safety deposit boxes are for.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/16/2013|
Why would your cat be hiding? I doubt it knows what a burglar is. The cat probably doesn't even pay any mind to the burglar.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||05/16/2013|
OP, instead of pointing out your mistakes (Christ, we'd find a mistake with best laid plans), I'd like to say I am sorry for what happened to you. It is frightening and the loss of photos typically hurts worse than anything of monetary value. Thanks for the lesson- will be hiding backup drives somewhere else in the house from now on.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||05/16/2013|
R42, what in anything I said about what happened indicated I didn't have deadbolts?
R44, the cat is hiding most likely because whoever did this trashed my place as well. They emptied every drawer in the house except for in the kitchen. I've been up all night trying to put the place back together.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||05/16/2013|
Aww i'm so sorry this happened to you too. After being robbed twice, I invested in a Cloud and also uploaded my most precious pics into various online storage systems.
You're right - it's not about the stuff - it's the invasion of privacy and the fact that the robbers likely may return to grab your newly re-instated loot. Buy some dead locks and a small CTV camera to install inside and outside your place. It may just put someone off attempting the break-in.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||05/16/2013|
Did they ever catch who stole your brain, r44?
|by Anonymous||reply 48||05/16/2013|
I'm sorry this happened to you, OP.
A friend's computer crashed recently and she lost all of her photos. Of course she was devastated. Now she has Cloud and backups in place, but that doesn't help her feelings about the things she can't replace. It really does get better with time.
Beating you up is not helpful to either you or me; I'm sure you're doing enough of that on your own. Do everything you can to make your place feel safe again. That's the most important thing.
Oh, and give your kitty some good behind the ears scratching. I'm sure she was traumatized.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||05/16/2013|
First question: how did they get in ?
second: where do you live ?
third: was there gay stuff (porno pix etc) on your missing gadgets, or magazines they found ?
|by Anonymous||reply 50||05/16/2013|
Isn't it interesting how thieves ALWAYS manage to take off with a bunch of high dollar computer equipment? I'm surprised OP didn't claim the thief took $100,000 in cash and a collection of gold kruggarands as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||05/16/2013|
A friend has his place broken into and the perp took a dump in the middle of the living room carpet. True story!
The cops said they see that happen more than you'd expect!
|by Anonymous||reply 52||05/16/2013|
I knew a guy who did B&Es and he said he always did that, R52. He said it showed his disdain for people who had more than he did.
I was horrified at the time but since then I've heard it's almost the norm.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||05/16/2013|
Seves you right OP for letting Lindsay Lohan stay in your house.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/16/2013|
Where did you meet that person, r53?
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/16/2013|
OP, some asshole broke into one of my jewelry cases at an antique shop and swiped a Zanesville vase, two railroad watches, and some toy lead soldiers. The shop was open at the time.
I always considered myself to be the easy-going person of my family, but I found myself brooding over it at odd times - just like my dad (great guy, but short fuse).
One of the Gizmodo nerds said that his laptop was saved from robbery because he'd left it under his blankets on his bed. Since I read that, I store my laptops under very gay pillows after I make the beds each morning.
I consider myself lucky; thieves take electronics and jewelry and I collect old shit nobody else would want. I won't buy a tv until I can afford a good hydraulic system to make it disappear.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/16/2013|
[quote] Isn't it interesting how thieves ALWAYS manage to take off with a bunch of high dollar computer equipment?
Uhh... that is their goal. Steal valuable things. The more portable, the better and the more information that can be used for identity theft, the better.
What did you think they would steal? The laundry?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/16/2013|
I'm sorry this happened to you, OP. And I'm glad your cat is okay.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/16/2013|
[quote]What is it about some gay men
More like some freepers and fraus...
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/16/2013|
I do have an extensive collection of fabulous shoes, but they're all size 9.
Where would you hide shoes?
|by Anonymous||reply 60||05/16/2013|
r56, hiding the laptop under my blankets wouldn't have helped. They pulled the mattress off my bed as well as the one in the guest room. The cops said the way the house was torn up, the thief was main goal was finding money. Since I don't keep money in the house, they then grabbed the stuff that was valuable.
Didn't sleep at all last night. The cat has come out of hiding and is following me around the house.
I just talked to my neighbor who lives behind me. She didn't see or hear anything yesterday.
Waiting for a friend to come by so I can get to Home Depot to see what I can find to secure the busted door better and to also get started on getting it replaced.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/16/2013|
Tell me they left your extensive collection of dildos untouched???
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/16/2013|
[quote]third: was there gay stuff (porno pix etc) on your missing gadgets, or magazines they found ?
Are you a closet case? That sounds like a question only a closet case would think about.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||05/16/2013|
That sucks. Are you going to move? I know if I were renting and got broken in to, I would never feel safe there again and would want to move.
Keep an eye on craigslist to see if they post your iPad for sale (or anything else that was taken).
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/16/2013|
I like how the break-in just gets worse and worse each time the OP posts. LOL.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/16/2013|
How would he know it was *his* Ipad for sale, r64?
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/16/2013|
[quote]third: was there gay stuff (porno pix etc) on your missing gadgets, or magazines they found ?
"Those bastards swiped my sling, my rim chair, my entire Wakefield Poole collection, AND Miss Beasley! I daren't report this to the authorities lest they charge me with immorality!"
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/16/2013|
The thieves who broke into my house walked right past my ipod and stole most of my dvds. They dumped out all my jewelry drawers but didn't realize it had a top portion that is accessible by lifting a door. that is where I kept some good stuff. They went into the bedroom and dumped out my makeup case all the time walking past more dvds that were stored in a low entertainment center. They took time out to toss some dvds that they didn't want on my couch.
They even took a comforter probably to haul the stuff in.
They didn't try to take my tvs, cds or table top stero but I'm afraid they may come back for those.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/16/2013|
[quote] Why would your cat be hiding? I doubt it knows what a burglar is
I'm not the OP but my cats are terrified of strangers in the house. When my friends come over they want to see my cats but as soon as they walk in the door the cats disappear like part of a magic act.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/16/2013|
That's what you get for having a cat instead of a dog.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/16/2013|
All the comments about the gay porn on my computer are cracking me up.I honestly don't think I had any porn on the computer. All of the stuff that got ripped off except for the external drives have passwords on them.
I've been keeping my eye on the Find My iPhone and everything is offline. I set it up to notify me if they go online and also to display a message to thief. Won't do any good if they format the drives, but it's worth a shot.
Got the busted door boarded up and secured. Also ordered a new door as well as a security door to start.
Still can't sleep, though.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/16/2013|
[quote]I like how the break-in just gets worse and worse each time the OP posts.
That's how it works, dumbass. As you clean up the mess, you keep discovering more things that are missing or damaged. It's an ongoing process. More than a week later, I needed to use something and that's when I realized it was gone.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/16/2013|
OP, let's hope they are dumb thieves and discard the external hard drives. I helped a robbery victim once recover his external hd full of pictures and memories b/c the guy who robbed him was too dumb to know what it was. A backpack full of the victim's belongings sans wallet and laptop came into my possession and I tracked down the victim through the serial number on his Tmobile hotspot device leftover in his backpack. Tmobile was so impressed they offered me free phone service for a year but I was too dumb at the time to take their offer and I kick myself everyday for that.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/16/2013|
I have a loose hanging anus, a massive crix belly, and a buffalo hump. I also voted for Bush twice and support Michael Jackson!
|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/16/2013|
r71 nailed it. Thread closed.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||05/16/2013|
R4/10/14/16/68/73 = Psychopath
|by Anonymous||reply 78||05/16/2013|
The thing about burglars taking a shit baffles me - wouldn't they be trying to get in and out as quickly as possible? Why would they take the time to stop and shit and risk somebody coming home?
|by Anonymous||reply 79||05/16/2013|
F&F R68. What a sad, twisted little creature you are.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||05/16/2013|
So sorry about your robbery, OP. That is terrible. It happened to us a few years ago and it was scary and violating knowing these assholes had pawed through all our stuff. We got a huge dog and it's never happened again, thankfully.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||05/16/2013|
[quote]I just talked to my neighbor who lives behind me. She didn't see or hear anything yesterday.
And what does that tell us about your neighbor?
|by Anonymous||reply 82||05/16/2013|
[quote]And what does that tell us about your neighbor?
That she doesn't stay home all day, peering at her neighbors' apartments like Gladys Kravitz?
|by Anonymous||reply 83||05/17/2013|
Although I do have. smartphone, iPad, several "cloud" services and a backup external hard disk drive, all my main libraries of photos, music, video's etc. still remain on a traditional desktop computer . . . . once a year I burn important photos, etc., to cd and/or DVD disks which I then put in the safe deposit box at the bank . . . . then even if I have a catastrophic fire that destroys it all, everything of importance since the last set of disks in the vault still exists.
Other toys will come and be used, but I seems to me the traditional desktop computer will be aound many more decades.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||05/17/2013|
In 1990 my brother's apt got broken into while he was at SMU law. They stole his colognes from the dresser and also his Spuds McKenzie dog, I forget what kind of terrier they're called.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||05/17/2013|
Three iPods? Why?
When you die will we have a thread about what was on your 3 iPods? Or just 3 separate threads?
|by Anonymous||reply 86||05/17/2013|
I'm sorry this happen to you, OP. A little time will heal.. Don't listen to some of the crazies here. I don't think the robbers will be back. It's over now. Take care.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||05/17/2013|
Who is Glady Kravitz, r83?
|by Anonymous||reply 88||05/17/2013|
R86, 3 iPods since I do some freelance work for a developer that does apps for the iPad & iPhone. I need several versions for testing and doing support on the various iPod Touch models and I had a couple of my own iPods.
Sorry you should only do one thread when I die.
My neighborhood Gladys Kravitz was all upset when I told him--fussy older queen. He's been broken into some time ago and he was home. He didn't see or hear anything. He prides himself on know what's going on, but he missed my break in.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||05/17/2013|
This sounds more like a violent assault against you rather than just a mere robbery.
Are all robberies destructive like this? Mine was rather civilized in comparison.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||05/18/2013|
I always get a larf out of the guys who try to have no idea about an old sitcom character or other artifact that is so way before their time. But apparently they arent so young that they might realize that search engines are a helluva lot faster than asking Who is Gladys Kravitz? on a DataLounge thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||05/18/2013|