It really makes me mad that people do this kind of stuff. Coming from Texas, I am no stranger to petty crime/theft, but at least in TX there's a 90%+ chance that if the owner of the car sees you, you're probably gonna get shot. As of Sept. 1, it's perfectly legal too. Short of turning the entire city into a citizen militia, I think when they catch these guys stealing like that they should take them in a boat and dump them in the bay somewhere. If they can survive the swim back to a shore then they have paid their penance.
<br><br>Ernest<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 10/22/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Rick Moen</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
Quoting Kristian Erik Hermansen (<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>):<br><br>> People warned me about parking my car in San Francisco, especially<br>> with a GPS in sight. I just put the GPS in my car yesterday, and this
<br>> was the first night I parked it. It sucks to have come back to broken<br>> glass and items gone tonight.<br><br>Condolences. I lived for many years at the CoffeeNet building (744<br>Harrison near 3rd Street, a Linux-based Internet cafe I helped build),
<br>and kept my car parked always on-street, so I'm familiar with your<br>problem.<br><br>> Does anyone have suggestions? Should I just sell my car? The police<br>> told me that this will happen again and there is no way to prevent it.
<br>> He said "we can't be everywhere, so how could we stop it?"<br><br>The guys who do this crime smash, enter, grab, and exit in just a few<br>seconds, and count on being too unobtrusive and quickly in & gone to be
<br>very noticeable. They're pretty much idiots; they don't know what's<br>valuable and what's not. They frequently even fail to notice the fact<br>that a door's unlocked -- or worse: I saw one inside my car just off
<br>Army Street from half a block away, he noticed me running towards the<br>car, and he crawled out _through_ the broken glass window rather than<br>open the door. (I was dumb enough to give chase, run after the gyy for
<br>about a mile to the housing projects on the south slope of Potrero Hill,<br>wrestle the bastard to the ground, and hold him until the cops arrived.<br>That was stupid: I could easily have gotten killed.)<br><br>Areas right near nightclubs are very at risk,
e.g., my old address in<br>SOMA, because the thieves know that suburbanites drive in and leave<br>valuables inside their cars when they come clubbing. So, theives walk<br>the sidewalks, peer into cars, and smash a sidewalk-facing window of any
<br>car with visible clutter that seems worth rummaging through.<br><br>Here's what I did, to stop getting broken into:<br><br>1. Park if possible under a street lamp and directly in front of a curb<br>cut / driveway. This gives maximum visibility from behind, at night.
<br>The bad guy is less likely to want to smash and enter if he/she is<br>highly visible, and on SOMA's one-way streets, that's mostly visibility<br>from behind, from patrol cars in traffic approaching the car.<br>
<br>2. Park if possible on main streets rather than alleys. Again, greater<br>visibility from approaching traffic (clearer sight lines, more traffic).<br><br>3. (The vital part:) Have _zero visible clutter_ inside the car. I got
<br>my window smashed one time by an idiot who rooted around among worthless<br>junk in the back seat and rear of my old Honda hatchback: I lost<br>nothing of value, but had to deal with window replacement and broken<br>
glass anyway.<br><br>4. Do NOT be seen stowing valuables, e.g., in a trunk, just before<br>leaving the parked car. The thief may very well be watching you as you<br>lock up and leave. Therefore, if you're approaching your parking spot
<br>and realise you have to stow some valuables out of sight in your trunk,<br>stop _short_ of your destination, first, transfer the valuables to<br>hidden storage, and only _then_ drive the remaining ~1 block to your<br>
parking location. This might save your next GPS unit. ;-><br><br><br>I actually considered, during good weather, just leaving the windows<br>rolled down, to convey "Hey, fool. There's no need to smash my window;
<br>you can enter and see for yourself that there's nothing in here worth<br>stealing." However, on reflection, I realised I really didn't want to<br>encounter used syringes, fecal matter, etc., if that could be avoided.
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