The ins and outs of having a car stolen in Chicago
September 26, 2013 2:23 PM Subscribe
Our car was stolen. Police here seem to shrug it off. Is there anything else I should or could be doing, or just take it as a rather abrupt lesson in the transience of possessions?
posted by sixtyten to travel & transportation (16 answers total)
So our car was stolen last week (along with my purse inside of it*) from the street in front of our house. We live in Chicago, in a fairly quiet residential neighborhood, where this happens sporadically but is certainly not an everyday occurrence. Our insurance work is in progress, so my question doesn't involve that particular area.
What I am confused about is how Chicago Police handles this. When I called 911 the day of, they kicked me back to 311 where I stayed on hold for 20 minutes to report the crime. The first woman was combatively rude (it was appalling really), the second was pleasant enough. The bottom line was "Don't call us, we'll call you. Good luck."
I get that there are much bigger problems the police have to deal with here, but I guess my question is this: is this like a real case that police/detectives pursue? Or was filing the report more of a formality? If I find more information relevant to the crime do I call them (I have heard mixed answers from 311 folks on this) or just let it rest in peace and keep working on my non-religious sense of forgiveness for the thief/thieves? Honestly, it's really been screwing with my head and I keep trying to just dwell on how a) desperate or b) scarred/hardened someone must be to steal a car (baby seat included - bonus!) in the first place.
I'm pretty sure having a car stolen sucks just about anywhere, but having it happen here has taken on a particularly Twilight Zone-esque quality.
* I know that was a major error and may have drawn the thief in the first place, but it was not my standard practice and a very unfortunate oversight on a stormy night.