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A couple of months ago I bought a 1992 jeep
, not only my first car
but also the car I've wanted since I was a kid. It's not ultra flash, the paintwork's not immaculate, but it's been modded with big offroad wheels, bull bars, and a roof rack, so it does stand out in that old-but-funky kind of way.
Now I'm the sort of person who when I get something new I get paranoid / fawn over it a bit, so since I discovered there was a history of car crime in my street, I've been pretty vigilant. Nothing major, just stuff like making sure I park right outside my front window (or if my spot's taken I move my car as soon as it becomes free), curtain twitching if there's a loud noise outside, and checking on it through the window every now and again. (And I've put a big fat chain and padlock round the bottom of the driver's seat through the steering wheel).
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A couple of times this last week I've been in the house and heard a noise sounding very much like something hitting my jeep as people walk past, but every time I went to the window I couldn't see any damage or anyone hanging round it, so dismissed it as paranoia - until I noticed today the drivers side door had been keyed, and realisation dawned that yes, it had been hit when I thought it had, and the other couple of small dents that had mysteriously appeared have probably been done in the same way.
I know full well there's a few kids in the area that a) have been eyeing up my car for joyriding (happened to the girl over the road's car last week), and b) have noticed that I curtain twitch when there's a noise outside, so are doing these small acts of vandalism on my car as they walk past to wind me up. You know the score, mefites - sometimes in life certain people will notice you care about something and have to piss on your fire for their own gratification.
This might not seem like a big deal, but not only can I not afford the car to get damaged, but it's exactly the sort of small town bullshit that gets me down, and I can only see it getting worse. Not to mention I'm slightly concerned that the next time I suspect my car's been hit I'm gonna run out into the street with a baseball bat and end up with a much heavier question for askmefi.
So... what are my options? I've phoned the police already, who were surprisingly helpful on the phone, and the only other things I can think are a) install a cheap security camera outside my house, but I haven't really got expendable cash at the moment, or b) sell the jeep (which would be at a loss after all I've spent on it) and drive an unmodded one that I'm not so attached to - but why should I be bullied into that position??
Sorry I'm not more concise - it's a fault, I'm working on it