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Old 03-14-2008, 04:59 AM
 
Location: Texas
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We talk about prevention all the time.. and it is sad... but why cant these a**holes just leave our stuff alone? That way we dont have to worry about wether my car gets broken into or not. Its not like we sat on our butts to make the money to purchase this stuff. Maybe if the criminals saw that the people who they are assaulting or stealing from are taking em out one at a time.. they would stop trying to steal. But I guess you cant start one problem to fix another... but it is a thought.
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:07 AM
 
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another reason why my wife needs to let me get a gun... if we start popping them all off left and right they should start getting the hint...
No they won't. They'll just bring guns of their own. Criminal thieves want what they want no matter what.

We need an elimination of the revolving door on our judicial system where repeat offenders do it again and again with no fear of the consequences for their actions.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:26 AM
 
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I agree that the penalties for these crime need to be more harsh. I was watching tv several weeks ago and they had that story about the American kid in Singapore that got into trouble over there and was cained. President Clinton (and I am not trying to start anything political-it was just who was president at the time) made phone calls and was pushing hard to have the kid returned to the U.S. BUT, the thing that got me is: they kid had vandalized EIGHTEEN cars and done other major damage!!!! I would say he is lucky he JUST got a caining. (and some jail time) Where do these punks get off thinking they can trash stuff that isn't theirs! It just drives me crazy but I guess my husband and I have had to work hard for the things we have.

Wow, glad I got that out! Sorry about the spelling, I haven't had all my coffee yet.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Don't get me wrong, there's nothing I like better than a dead burglar. But going out and buying a gun to shoot car thieves is a little bit too dangerous unless you live in a sparsely populated area. Shot guns would be be OK but standing in your front yard in a residential neighborhood and firing off rounds from a .357 or equivalent at car thieves is not a good idea. What if you miss? Your probably going to put a bullet though your neighbors house. Maybe through your neighbor or his kids while they're sleeping. Is your car or the stuff in it worth that? Get a car alarm. Get one that has one of those blinking lights that lets thieves know that the car is armed. Get one that only goes off if someone is breaking into your car not every time the neighborhood cat walks by. Above all, lock your car. Don't leave anything in it that even looks remotely valuable. If you feel that you are at a greater risk than normal you might want to get a lower deductible. The bottom line is whenever you have a high concentration of well to do people living in an area the thieves will notice when you get careless. When you leave food sitting out the roaches and rats are not far behind. Even in "good" neighborhoods.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:46 AM
 
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Don't get me wrong, there's nothing I like better than a dead burglar. But going out and buying a gun to shoot car thieves is a little bit too dangerous unless you live in a sparsely populated area. Shot guns would be be OK but standing in your front yard in a residential neighborhood and firing off rounds from a .357 or equivalent at car thieves is not a good idea. What if you miss? Your probably going to put a bullet though your neighbors house. Maybe through your neighbor or his kids while they're sleeping. Is your car or the stuff in it worth that? Get a car alarm. Get one that has one of those blinking lights that lets thieves know that the car is armed. Get one that only goes off if someone is breaking into your car not every time the neighborhood cat walks by. Above all, lock your car. Don't leave anything in it that even looks remotely valuable. If you feel that you are at a greater risk than normal you might want to get a lower deductible. The bottom line is whenever you have a high concentration of well to do people living in an area the thieves will notice when you get careless. When you leave food sitting out the roaches and rats are not far behind. Even in "good" neighborhoods.
very well said!
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Old 03-14-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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Bottom line: Leave only belongings you are willing to lose in your vehicle. It only takes a few seconds to snag a laptop, digital camera, etc. I've personally arrested several car burglars only to see them turned loose in less than 24 hours. The biggest kicker was a car burglar scared away after he broke a car window during a burglary attempt downtown. I caught him three blocks away but the DA would not take the burglary case because he didn't have a chance to get inside the vehicle. What?? He was charged with a lessor offense. The way the laws are written criminals have more rights than us hard working contributing members of society. Disgusting.
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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LOL, I'm glad your wife wears the pants like I do as far as guns go.

I'm so torn--my husband feels like you do, but I am so scared of guns--I need to go take a safety course and then maybe I'd feel better having one in the house. I just haven't ever been exposed to them--my dad didn't keep them in the house.

My 11 year old has shot a glock out there at Bullet Hole (I think that was the name of the shooting range out near Potranco) and that was the most terrifying day I've ever had since he was born. He was so pumped he shook all the way home. That was an expensive hour, too!
Wow, my 10-yr-old has shot a .45 semi-auto, a .38 special, a .410 shotgun and an AK-47 (all under my supervision) and he loves it! Guns are nothing to fear, but I grew up around them and also spent a few years in the military. However, my wife shared your aversion to them so I took her out to the Bullethole (right name, but one word) and I let her fire all of my handguns. She wasn’t too keen on the .357 Magnum; but she liked the M1911 as it has a very slim grip and it is easier for her to control. Of course they all remain locked up at home but within quick reach if needed.

I figure it is better to teach my family about the guns than to have them fear the unknown. I preach gun safety to my son so I know if he ever happens across one he will do the right thing and not touch it and find an adult.

But I am with rd2007 and I have a large enough arsenal that if I catch someone stealing my property I can deal with them. I have not intent or desire to shoot someone; but I am not going to sit around and let myself be a victim to these criminals either! I am also glad this state empowers me to take action when I see someone else being a victim, as we all need to take care of each other if we want to rid the earth of scum like this.

One of the many reasons Texas is such an outstanding place to live is that it does not favor the rights of the criminal over its citizens. And that is pretty much the “standard” here, and not just a “prototype!”

God Bless Texas!

Cheers! M2
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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Glad to see that I am not a minority and hopefully one day more of us can realize we are the majority and we can easily stop these "people"..
BTW, bringing a gun to a car burglary is just asking to have the punishment significantly increased..
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:50 AM
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Location: Ohio
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Home burglaries are up here in the North Central SA. My HOA manager told me this week that a couple of the other neighborhoods she manages in this part of the city have seen a recent increase in property crimes.
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Old 03-14-2008, 06:16 PM
 
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But you know what...you don't even have to leave anything of "value" in your car. I had friends who had their car broken into and petty things were missing--change, etc. But their paperwork (insurance, registration, etc) was taken too. They immediately put a fraud alert on their credit (I recommended they do this since I've been an identity theft victim myself) and within 24 hours received a call that these crooks had tried to get credit in their name. They never caught the crooks, and fortunately that was the only call my friends received. That was 3 years ago and so far they haven't had any other ID theft-type problems.
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