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August 30th, 2008
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Well ... it looks like someone broke into our house today, while we were at church. 

Called the sheriff and had someone come out to take a report.  It looks pretty obviously like neighborhood kids.  Most stuff appears undisturbed ... we think they took the digital camera that was sitting on the desk, but passed up the GPS unit sitting there, much less the desktop computer, the stereo, the TV, and stuff like that.  They rifled through drawers in our bedroom, but since we really don't have any valuables in our drawers, that pretty much failed.  They might've taken one bottle of prescription drugs (which we weren't using).

So, on the whole, not a whole lot lost.  I'll have to figure out whether it's even worth filing a homeowner's claim ... I don't know what our deductible is, and the camera wasn't worth that much.

Except, of course, for the nagging uncertainty that comes from having your space violated.  Sigh.

Which really fouled up the fact that we had a great time at the church campout all day today. 

Those @#$! kids ...

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Date:August 31st, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
That bites! glad they didn't take much...
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Date:August 31st, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
I can think of a few partial explanations ...

1) The thrill of adventure. Doing it, and knowing you could do it, can be more important than what you can make off with.

2) Taking more stuff increases your chance of getting caught. If your folks suddenly discover you've got lots more stuff than your allowance/job ought to allow, you get in danger of detection. (Especially if you keep the stolen items within most people's insurance deductibles, so that the Big Companies don't get involved in finding you.) Plus, most teenagers may not know how to fence stuff.

3) Initiation rites. Breaking into a house and making off with a camera and a bottle of drugs strikes me as an act of counting coup.

So ... yeah, who knows ...
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Date:September 1st, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)

Break In

To me (after my break in) it was the "violation of space" concept that was most troubling. The only way I could put that to bed was to install a monitored alarm system. Keeps the kids and junkies out and the professionals have better targets...so it does the job.
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Date:September 1st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds all too familiar. :( My utter sympathies - I know just how eerie it is to have your personal space violated like that. At least nothing of immense value was taken.
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