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August 16, 2011 – Comments (25)

Not happy to be here.  My place was broken into twice over the summer.  They went through everything and things have been broken.  Kids stuff, ipod, ipod player, speakers, flat screen tv, dvds and that kind of stuff stolen.  They went through everything.

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#1) On August 16, 2011 at 1:20 AM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

I am so sorry to hear that. This is just the start. Be safe for as long as you and your family are safe that is all that happens.

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#2) On August 16, 2011 at 1:35 AM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

I knew my place had been broken into the first week I was away, but I was told it appeared they'd only taken the TV and nothing had been gone through.  I was 3 hours out of Vancouver on the highway when I got the call about the second break-in, and for this one they turned garbage cans upside down, it looks like they egged the outside.  There is broken furniture, broken window screens on the upstairs windows and removed screens. 

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#3) On August 16, 2011 at 1:36 AM, awallejr (34.72) wrote:

Sorry to hear that.  And in fact surprised to hear that. 

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#4) On August 16, 2011 at 1:51 AM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

There is a lot of hardship here, so it actually doesn't surprise me.

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#5) On August 16, 2011 at 2:29 AM, NOTvuffett (< 20) wrote:

I sympathize dwot,

I have had multiple break-ins.  I was so mad one time I set (probably) lethal traps at likely points of entry. Then I reflected and said, "they deserve to die for violating my space but I would be the one in jail", so I took them off.

I had lots of valuble stuff stolen, but it is amazing the not so valuable stuff they took.  They actually took my refrigerator once.  Books, have you ever heard of anyone stealing books?  I had hundreds. When I saw that I said "what kinda frackin crackhead steals that?"   My only consolation is that they carried off obsolete computers I kept around as novelties and they couldn't get money for them, lol.


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#6) On August 16, 2011 at 5:14 AM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

They went through everything so I'll probably be noticing stuff that is missing for a while.  I notice my computer speakers missing when I went to watch a video and there was no sound.  And here you can't just go and buy stuff that is missing.  I had an ipod shuffle on a clock radio.  That is definitely not sold here, or in Fort Nelson two hours away, so probably Fort Saint John, six hours away or Grande Prairie about 8 hours away.  I can't play my other ipod that I took with me to listen to in the car because they took my little docking stereo. I think what was stolen was under $1000, but fixing the windows, the screens, the couple doors, keys stolen so all the locks have to replaced, all that stuff is challenging because or poor access to supplies and trades people.

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#7) On August 16, 2011 at 7:57 AM, lemoneater (56.81) wrote:

Very sorry to hear that.

Do you have a secure shipping address? Or is the shipping cost so prohibitive it is impractical to order by web? Even though I live in a small city with plenty of access to electronics sometimes my husband still opts to buy it over the web because it can be more convenient and sometimes a better deal. Apple gives some discounts to teachers. I got a free touch when my husband bought a mac since he was a professor.

I will be praying that you have a good school year in spite of these unsettling robberies. Take care!

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#8) On August 16, 2011 at 8:30 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

dwot, I am sorry to learn of the destruction and theft of your possesions. I've been in your shoes more than once. I know the chances of being made completely whole after a event like this are unlikely. I hope the authorities catch the responsible parties. I also hope, should they be caught, that they see the light and change their ways. You are in my thoughts.

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#9) On August 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM, imobillc (< 20) wrote:

Sorry to hear that!


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#10) On August 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM, amassafortune (29.20) wrote:

I had a catalytic converter stolen from a public park-and-ride area a few months back. It's always infuriating to know they probably only got a few dollars for it, but a dealer will charge $700 to replace it. As I made the repair myself ($100 for parts online), I did some rough math and figured each large auto manufacturer generates at least $10 million of revenue per year from this theft. This could be why the simple guard I added to deter a repeat theft is not already a standard design feature, at least in vehicles with good ground clearance. 

I considered adding a "no crack for you" message for the next guy who rolls under the vehicle with his sawzall, but figured that  may just get me a broken window instead. 

On a positive note, I have some rural land with an elaborate tree stand that gets visited by local teens. The unsecured tools, mower, and furniture I leave there have never been touched. This is a poor area where out-of-season hunting is rather common. I'll take the hungry rural people with a high regard for personal property over the urban addicts any day.  

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#11) On August 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

That stinks dwot. Think about teaching them misinformation about dragons as revenge.

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#12) On August 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM, Frankydontfailme (29.43) wrote:

There is something perniciously wrong with this world. I don't know you dwot, but from what I read I get the impression that you are part of the solution, not the problem. I do believe that Karma will give you an unexpected lift at some point.... or if it's any concillation, Karma will certainly stike the perpetrators justly.

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#13) On August 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

Thanks Frankydontfailme, that was a real nice thing to say.  My internet evidence shows that they were in my home on 8 different days, 4 in a row at the end of June and then 4 days this month.  I have major porn history on my browser.

I had my computer set up with a guest account and my desktop password protected, so they were on through the guest access.  There were 7 homes broken into and things that were stolen were simply taken and smashed, at least all of the TVs that were taken except mine, which is at the police station.  I don't know if it works.

Thanks chk999. 

amassafortune, I hear you on what do you do to protect yourself.  I think I will get an alarm system installed and I picked up a camera system.  I want who ever does this to be caught.

catoismmotor, it is going through the personal stuff that bothers me the most, well, that and the completely lack of security for going away.  I knew about the first breaking about 10 days after leaving and it bothered me all summer not knowing what had been taken.  Apparently it was after the second break-in that most of the damage was done.  The officer that attended the first was here today to take my statement about other things I noticed stolen and he didn't attend the second break-in, so he pointed out that a lot of what was done hadn't been done when he'd been here before.

Lemoneater, shipping is expensive here.  Everything is expensive here.  The pay is very good here, but I am finding the costs getting challenging.  We have meetings in Ft Simpson next week and I am looking for a ride as I refuse to bring my car again.  Last year I loaded it with supplies to bring back, as everything is shipped through Ft Simpon and it costs our school an extra fortune to get it here unless we bring it back in our vehicles.  I had a $2300 repair bill for the back end of my car which they said the damage was from potholes and bad roads and the road to Ft Simpon is terrible and it was especially bad last year.  I also got mud behind the rims that completely through the balance off and I had to drive 1000 km before I could get it serviced and that took a lot of tread off my $1300 one year old tires.  They look darn close to needing to be replaced after only 2 years and I get $300 compensation towards my car costs.  Unless they triple the rates for driving on gravel roads, I am not driving them.  On the back end I'd been expecting to only replace the brake pads, and now this break in costs me a minimum of $1000 deductible. I am hugely concerned about having to be out of town. 

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#14) On August 16, 2011 at 6:23 PM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

I am just digesting the rate of police files.  About an average of 100 files per month, in a community of 600, so about 200 files while I was away...  Ok, so since my home was broken into twice, there were two files opened for me...

That's a rate of 2 "crimes" per person per year... 

I need to work on getting a few more kids out of the community for a while.  I was going to take a couple with me to Vancouver but I told them they needed to arrange a way home because I wasn't taking them the whole summer and I wasn't going to pay for flights for them.  One had a part time job so if she really wanted to go she had the resources.  I was hoping the parents of the other might be able to arrange that, but it didn't happen.  There was also a couple in town that were considering trying to make their trip to Vancouver so they could take the girls back, but that didn't happen either. I won't do spring break again unless it is to an organized event.  I found being responsible for everything for 4 girls a lot of work and it was my break as well and I didn't get any down time.  With an organized event food and activities are looked after and planned and then there is stuff planned that they like and keeps them occupied with other young people and you get down time from them.  I have taken students to events on school time and you are just chaperoning and it is so much easier and the timeline is shorter.  I found 2 weeks for spring break really long and then I didn't get to go visit my friends.  We also took 3 school days which meant that I had to completely justify a program of what we'd be doing through the school. I don't want that either.

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#15) On August 16, 2011 at 8:56 PM, abitare (29.59) wrote:


sorry for your lose. I did not think that stuff happened in the N of Canada. Can you shoot thieves?

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#16) On August 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM, gman444 (28.26) wrote:


It is painful to read this--the worst part about something like this is they take something intangible, a sense of security, safety, or something like that, that we really need to live comfortably day-to-day.  Condolences--I hope you can overcome this in the best way possible. 

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#17) On August 16, 2011 at 10:32 PM, rhallbick (97.00) wrote:

I am so sorry to hear about your loss, dwot.  Take precautions, but please don't let these intruders change who you are and what you're trying to do for the young people there.  That would be a greater loss.

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#18) On August 17, 2011 at 12:06 AM, FleaBagger (27.55) wrote:

You have my sympathies, dwot.

@the comments: wow! I feel like I'm the only one here who hasn't had his home violated.

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#19) On August 17, 2011 at 9:04 AM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

It makes me feel like I don't want to leave my home even for a few hours.

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#20) On August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM, rhallbick (97.00) wrote:

It makes me feel like I don't want to leave my home even for a few hours.

That's certainly understandable.  I''m so sorry this happened to you. 

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#21) On August 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM, dwot (28.88) wrote:

Does anyone know how to get broken glass out of carpet?  For the first break-in they threw a rock threw the kitchen window that landed more then 25 feet across the room in the living room and there is scattered glass everywhere.  I swept the big pieces and got them cleaned up and I have spent what feels like forever trying to get the rest with the vaccum, but some of the "small" pieces seem too big still and you can still see little reflections back all over the place.  Break glass on a floor and it seems you can still "find" glass from it weeks and months usually by getting cut either stepping on it or reaching into some corner it was hiding in.  Well, it is everywhere in the carpet and I feel like the carpet is not safe, no bare feet or skin contact with it without risk of finding glass. 

And I can't help but wonder what else they were doing while watching the porn and wondering if I am going come across any nasty surprises from that.

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#22) On August 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

This almost sounds like they have something against you personally. Are any of the kids mad at you?

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#23) On August 18, 2011 at 7:38 PM, dwot (28.88) wrote:


It was a big rock thrown through the window to get in and the force of that rock sent the glass everywhere.  Lots of kids don't have access to the internet, so you see those without access but maybe have a laptop with them outside places that do not have their internet password protected.  I had a guest desktop not password protected so being able to get onto the internet was a big score. I am of two minds, one where my computer was left, and the other where lots of the items stolen from the other homes in the rash of break-ins were simply smashed and totally destroyed and left to be found outside around trails.  My TV was found undamaged and the damage done to my home was all related to access to either getting in or thinking something might be hidden behind something.

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#24) On August 23, 2011 at 7:22 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (85.77) wrote:

I'm so sorry to here this dwot.

But I completly agree with Franky instant Karmas gonna get them.

As far as the glass in the carpet that is a nightmare in itself, when I was much younger I had a crazy girlfreind who cracked a beer bottle across my head. I honestly was picking up little pieces of glass for at least a year from that eventful night ( which btw was the last time I ever saw her (re-read that, too be clear it was just a break up nothing nefarious :)

You can vaccumm the open areas pretty well, but those pieces fly everywhere so I would reccommend a high hp shop vac so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.


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#25) On August 23, 2011 at 7:32 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (85.77) wrote:

Or if you can move all the funiture out it might be worth it to rent a carpet shampooer.

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