We had a guy come to our door in a generic blue uniform claiming to be from Kansai Gas. I was out, but my luckily my wife answered through the intercom and had the wits to realize that "wait a second, we use Osaka Gas..." and ask "wait, you're from Kansai Gas?" At that point the guy just turned around and straight up left.
She only told me about it two days later since she didn't think anything of it. I went to the police about it, and sure enough, it's a pretty common tactic among burglars.
So, in matome:
Why YSK: is to protect yourself by not putting boxes outside that show everything bought for the holidays. I had a friend robbed after they left empty boxes for trash showing they'd bought some high ticket items. The men pulled up a truck and unloaded their home. Also, do not leave boxes in your garage for weeks (my neighbor did this) showing high ticket purchases. Please do not post pictures or share when you're on vacation. This is another way people get robbed. Be safe everyone!
The title covers it, but keep reading if it interests you.
Because I lived in a poor, frequently burgled area I wanted to keep safe the most precious thing I owned: my gaming PC. So I built a metal reinforced wooden portcullis that I could slide out across the entrance to my room and padlock when I went out (my room was a loft space up a ladder).
Then we were burgled. They had shifted the portcullis a couple of inches but hadn't been able to get a crowbar under the padlock and my PC was safe. The took a camera and a housemate's laptop. They did not shit in the beds because they were a gentlemanly non-bed shitting burglar like Eric Bristow boasted of being, if you're familar with his work. I don't think it was him. They got in through a tiny window.
My Wiccan friend, who at this point no longer even lived with me, insisted that it was entirely my fault for building the portcullis. The portcullis is not visible from outside the house, but she claimed that I had imagined a burglar so hard that I had made someone burgle me. Which to me poses interesting ontological questions: did they exist before I imagined them? Or were they an ordinary non-thieving person driven mad by my reckless psychic energy? And how come all the fat bottomed romantic interests I imagined over the years never broke into my house too? Can I only create evil with my psychic powers? Or was the bathroom window too tiny for their comically oversized bottoms?
Any Wiccans wanting to chime in would be magical. I kind of think the burglar is more to blame than me, does that make me intolerant of the Wiccan religion?
I've just found out about this sub so you can expect a load of mad shit from me that I've wanted to put on AITA over the years but couldn't because of their criteria, including times I have fallen out with my religious friends, and I am seeking VINDICATION! If it entertains you that is a bonus.
(I've put a 'serious' flair because it did happen, although it could as well be 'theoretical' as we are counting fairies on the head of a pin here, people).
tl;dr: Wiccans be crazy
Edit2: This has been fun. So many lovely, sane Wiccans! I think I just hung around with the wrong ones. Although they did have other fine qualities as well as the judgy magic madness.
Pods at 50th/Division, Belmont, Foster, and Rose City Food Park all had carts broken into last night. I dont have a comprehensive list (I learned from a few carts I follow on Instagram), but please check on your favorite businesses in these areas and order some takout or gift cards.
We had just got home and were sat in the living room when we heard a massive bang in the kitchen. By the time we had walked 2 metres up the hall and opened the door, our car was already leaving the drive. A very large rock had been thrown through the double glazed glass back door and the burglar had clearly just grabbed the keys off the side and made a run for it.
We had recently had another car stolen, though that time the burglar had snapped the lock. After that incident, we had snap proof locks fitted. I’m not really sure what we could have done to protect against a huge rock being thrown through the door other than to not have a glass back door.
We have a conservatory with glass sliding doors and I want to know if there is anything we can do to protect this short of boarding all the glass up.
Edit: sorry for sounding blunt, I’m still processing it all.
Edit 2: thanks all for the various suggestions, I think we now have a good idea of what we need to change and where to go from here. We are tending towards having security films fitted, and installing more cams / a floodlight round the back.
I live in Wedding and something happened a lot recently : When i have to leave my house in a rush, I surprise someone in the staircase in the darkness, sometimes very young, sometimes older trying to get out in the dark.
I cannot confront them since I am not speaking german very well, but it feels like thoses people are listening at doors or checking for some burglary.
Doors of the flat are very weak and I start to feel insecure where I live.
Is there any option I can try? Since calling police seems to me a bit weird in this situation...