It's been a hectic couple of weeks here. After returning
from three consecutive weekends of travel (
Back to the robbery.
Check that: it was a burglary. We
were not home so there was no "stick 'em up". It's neat how I know the difference between
robbery and burglary now. Just one of the
many delightful benefits. Another benefit
is a better understanding of Viennese culture with firsthand dealings with the
It's unsettling to see your house ransacked, to wonder if you were staked out, to think that a group of people (yes, there was more than one) snuck through your house and searched through your most important possessions. I was a bit rattled that night and couldn't sleep. No, I didn't expect the thieves to come back, but your head is spinning after something like this. I made the most of it by reading insurance policies, sorting through receipts and changing computer passwords. About after the break-in, I was hungry, I sure didn't feel like cooking, and I remembered I had leftovers in the fridge. The thieves had searched our fridge (apparently people hide stuff there) and left it open, but it didn't stop me. I wasn't going to be victim any longer. The first step in recovery is fighting back so I launched into my chicken casserole saying &$#@off robbers with every bite. I have a cousin who claims he ate a cheese stick he found in the glove box of a rental car. He called that gangster. I say he's a puss.
Here are a few things we learned:
Check that you have insurance. Don't take your agent's word for it. Go get the piece of paper, read it and make sure you are up-to-date and the coverage is what you want. Don't expect your insurance company to send you a payment reminder. Sometimes they don't.
Lock your doors, close your windows, front and back, even if you're only leaving for a short time.
Back up your computers and put a password on them.
Don't keep sentimental items with valuable jewelry. If you've got an old class ring that you're never going to wear, or your dad's dog tags, don't keep them with the target items. Thieves don't seem to sort stuff when they steal.
Lastly, 20 pound Italian Greyhounds are not a deterrent to thieves. Italian Greyhounds have a survival strategy that goes like this: "There is no dog here. I'm a blanket, I'm a blanket, I'm a blanket."