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Old 06-01-2017, 04:25 AM
 
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Edit: I know crime is a tightly-moderated topic here - I understand that breakins and stolen cars are a perennial issue in the Bay Area and I am not looking to spark a discussion about crime. I am asking for constructive/proactive advice to follow in tandem with working with the local police for both my car and jewelry. Thank you!

Hi all - looking for any info, leads, ideas. My car was stolen from a two-car garage on Grant and Pfeiffer over the weekend (possibly Sunday night or early Monday morning 5/30), along with a number of items in the back. It's a light blue 2007 Toyota RAV4 with passenger door damage and a bike rack mounted on the back, license plate 7NPT073. The driver's side window was smashed.

I was in the process of moving and had some important belongings in the trunk including some jewelry - it seemed unlikely our personal garage would be broken into. No one saw it happen and I was out of town over the weekend, so I have limited info on how it was stolen.

What are good resources to spread info about my car as much as possible? And any tips for keeping an eye out for jewelry? Thanks!

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Old 06-01-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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Have you filed a police report? Was anyone helping you move, who would know there were valuables in the car?
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:50 AM
 
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Thanks - yes, I've filed all the initial reports (police, insurance) but I'm looking for more to do! No, I packed my car alone and in a closed garage - but it's always possible someone spotted my full car at some point when the door was open. No one I've talked to observed the actual incident and it's not clear how the garage was entered, so there's not much to go on. Now that the car is gone I am mainly focused on maximizing its chances for recovery above and beyond the police report.
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:29 PM
 
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I'd suspect an inside job. Compile a complete list of people who have (or had, in the past) access.
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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Yes, this is very unusual, OP. Did the police say there was no sign of forced entry? And you say the neighbors didn't see anything?

One of the moderators who posts on this forum said that when his mother's car was stolen, he drove around (Oakland), keeping an eye out for it, and a few weeks later, he found it. That's about all you can do.
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Old 06-02-2017, 12:48 AM
 
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Check local craiglist and pawn shops to see if any unique and identifiable items show up there.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:19 AM
 
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Buy some Arlo Pro cameras on Amazon.com - no wires, just works through your wifi, you get text alerts when motion is detected and the video is saved in the cloud.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:28 PM
 
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While the belief that it was "an inside job" makes us feel better because it automatically leads to some suspects, the sad reality is that parts of the SF Bay area are completely infested with vermin who have no problem causing hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage to someone else's property, simply to get better access to determine if there's something inside worth $10 that they can take.

So I think it's entirely likely that such vermin got into the garage as part of their daily routine, and then once inside, knew that the garage would make it even easier to break into the vehicle without anyone hearing/seeing their performance.

In other third-world countries, we're told that when parking our rental car in a remote area (to go on a hike, swim, etc.), ensure there aren't any valuables in the car *and* not just leave it unlocked, but be even extra helpful to vermin by leaving the windows down, so that vermin too lazy to check if the door is unlocked won't smash a window in order to aid their search for anything remotely valuable left in the car. The only difference between parts of the SF Bay area & these third-world countries are that here in the USA, we have 'ghetto diamonds' (broken safety glass shards) on the ground because we're naive enough to belief that locked doors & rolled-up windows are a deterrent to these invasive -species of sub-humans.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:36 PM
 
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While the belief that it was "an inside job" makes us feel better because it automatically leads to some suspects, the sad reality is that parts of the SF Bay area are completely infested with vermin who have no problem causing hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage to someone else's property, simply to get better access to determine if there's something inside worth $10 that they can take.

So I think it's entirely likely that such vermin got into the garage as part of their daily routine, and then once inside, knew that the garage would make it even easier to break into the vehicle without anyone hearing/seeing their performance.

In other third-world countries, we're told that when parking our rental car in a remote area (to go on a hike, swim, etc.), ensure there aren't any valuables in the car *and* not just leave it unlocked, but be even extra helpful to vermin by leaving the windows down, so that vermin too lazy to check if the door is unlocked won't smash a window in order to aid their search for anything remotely valuable left in the car. The only difference between parts of the SF Bay area & these third-world countries are that here in the USA, we have 'ghetto diamonds' (broken safety glass shards) on the ground because we're naive enough to belief that locked doors & rolled-up windows are a deterrent to these invasive -species of sub-humans.
Their daily routine? Human vermin enter the OP's garage as part of their daily routine? It's only a 2-car garage; it's either a SFH, or a duplex, possibly a triplex. It's unlikely there were some kind of custodians or other service people who entered the garage as part of a daily routine. If there were, the OP would have told the police that, and they would be conducting an investigation; the LL, cleaning or repair people on the premises, residents of another apartment in possession of a key to the garage, would all be questioned. None of that happened. The OP didn't answer our question, though, re: whether there was any sign of forced entry to the garage, or not. If you mean that her neighborhood and other high-rent areas routinely have garage break-ins, and she just happened to be next on the list, an m.o. like that would have been in the local news.

It's an interesting coincidence, though, that the incident occurred just when she'd been packing the car, and had valuables in it. That might be what lead one poster to speculate that it was an inside job.
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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While the belief that it was "an inside job" makes us feel better because it automatically leads to some suspects, the sad reality is that parts of the SF Bay area are completely infested with vermin who have no problem causing hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage to someone else's property, simply to get better access to determine if there's something inside worth $10 that they can take.

So I think it's entirely likely that such vermin got into the garage as part of their daily routine, and then once inside, knew that the garage would make it even easier to break into the vehicle without anyone hearing/seeing their performance.

In other third-world countries, we're told that when parking our rental car in a remote area (to go on a hike, swim, etc.), ensure there aren't any valuables in the car *and* not just leave it unlocked, but be even extra helpful to vermin by leaving the windows down, so that vermin too lazy to check if the door is unlocked won't smash a window in order to aid their search for anything remotely valuable left in the car. The only difference between parts of the SF Bay area & these third-world countries are that here in the USA, we have 'ghetto diamonds' (broken safety glass shards) on the ground because we're naive enough to belief that locked doors & rolled-up windows are a deterrent to these invasive -species of sub-humans.
Did you even read the OP's posts?:

"it's not clear how the garage was entered"
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