I Got Robbed!
By mduigou on Apr 16, 2007
If you were expecting this to lead to a sports story about an undeserved defeat I'm sorry to disappoint. I was really robbed last weekend. Well, mostly robbed. I am rather scatterbrained about some things and one of them is remembering to lock my car. When I lived in downtown Calgary and didn't have a fancy car (an 1981 Toyota Tercel 4-door to be exact) I always left the car unlocked and the back seat full,and I mean full, of fast food bags. These measures (mostly) prevented the downtown denizens from breaking the windows to steal the contents (not that I have ever kept anything of significant value in my car). In 5 years of living downtown I cleaned out and washed my car 3 times (to drive my grandmother to a funeral, for mother's day one year and for a customer visit). Each time I cleaned the car the damn windows got broken and the glove box ransacked. The rest of the time the unlocked doors and massive number of fast food bags kept the car secure. Even with the doors always unlocked someone once did break the passenger window, but I will never know if that was a theft attempt or not. Anyway, these days I have a better car but I don't always remember to lock it. Some time on Thursday night someone got into my car and took all of the change in the cup holder, a tarp I had in the back and my half of my jacket which I had left on the back seat. It's a two part shell and liner combo and they took only the shell even though the fuzzy liner was also in the car. No other damage was done. My wife discovered the theft on Friday morning when she came out to find one of the doors open and there was as much dew on the inside of the car as the outside. I'm kind of bummed about losing half of my jacket as I have only had it about 4 months. On the other hand if it was important to steal a dollar or so worth of change, a jacket and a tarp then the thief probably needed them more than I did. Our house was robbed in 1998 while we were back in Canada for a visit. That time the thieves stole nearly everything of value in the house that could be easily carried away including some things which we still miss today due to their sentimental value. I don't today feel the anger, sense of violation or sadness that I felt after the house robbery. Even though I still don't keep anything of real value in my car I will probably be more conscientious about locking it for a while.