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Preventing good old-fashioned crime

We live in a semi-urban, rust-belt neighborhood that has too many garage burglaries and home invasions between 2am and 5am. Our police department responds to calls but does not have the staff to frequently patrol our area. We have neighborhood communication channels to report incidents after they happen and to encourage neighbors to keep things locked up. What are some effective (and cost-effective) ways to get more people to make their homes and streets undesirable targets, and to make more burglars feel that they might be caught in the act or afterwards without having vigilantes patrol?
posted by michaelh on Nov 20, 2014 - 19 answers

Nothing Worth Stealing

We just moved into a new home, and though you wouldn't know it from the neighborhood or the house, which are very nice aesthetically, the inside of our home is sparse and we don't have the latest technology or anything of real value. There is honestly nothing worth stealing in our home, and the expense of cleaning up after a home invasion/robbery would cost more than the value of any items that could be stolen from us. A coworker suggested putting up a sign. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Aug 5, 2014 - 61 answers

At risk. How do I prevent my door from being kicked down during the day?

Is there a relatively easy, inexpensive way to reinforce my apartment door so that it cannot be kicked in during the day? Something very strong and secure but that is easily removable with minimal damage from the inside so that my security deposit won't go towards replacing the door? [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Jul 28, 2013 - 18 answers

How do we feel safe again after our home was broken into?

Our house was broken into yesterday in broad daylight while we were at work. How can we feel safe again? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 16, 2013 - 31 answers

We was robbed.

My house was robbed while I was at work today. The thieves are long gone, and I've called the police. What's next? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Mar 14, 2013 - 22 answers

Should I worry about the stranger who knocked on my door?

How much should I worry about the sketchy character I paid to clean leaves from our front yard this afternoon? I haven't had a sleepless night in ages, but my brain has decided to obsess over the possibly foolish thing I did today. [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Nov 26, 2012 - 26 answers

What is that 60s/70s heist movie?

What's that movie? Heist film where a sharpshooter fires a metal pellet into a lock from a distance. [more inside]
posted by tomble on Sep 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Hey! That's my guitar!

I'm pretty sure I've found a guitar that was stolen from me at a music store franchise near me. They open in two hours. Any tips on how to handle this? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Feb 23, 2012 - 34 answers

What if I just carve a new statute?

I read this story about a rather proficient area bank robber who apparently is off the hook as of midnight last night because the five year statute of limitations on robbery has expired. Is he really free? [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity on Dec 8, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I help my flatmate get past a disturbing home invasion?

How do I help my flatmate get past a disturbing home invasion? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Nov 19, 2011 - 9 answers

What should I do in the aftermath of a robbery and assault?

I was robbed and assaulted today. I'm trying to think of things I should be sure to do in the aftermath. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Oct 5, 2011 - 20 answers

How to emotionally recover after losing all material possessions in a burglary?

What are some practical steps I can do to keep sane after a robbery and try to pick up the pieces of my memories? [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Sep 29, 2011 - 12 answers

How to catch/deter retail store thieves?

What measures can I take to prevent retail store thieves from getting away in their unmarked vehicles (i.e., temporarily moved license plates). [more inside]
posted by steampowered on May 13, 2011 - 23 answers

Are victims of coersion and threat legally responsible for commiting crimes under duress?

Legal hypothesis (from a recent episode of Flashpoint): What are you responsible for in the eyes of the court (US) if you commit a crime (let's say robbery) under duress (threat of death)? Does that change if you commit murder? Does that change if its not you being threatened, but your kidnapped daughter? [more inside]
posted by unrequited on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

he guy got jail time. Again, should we be worried about revenge when he gets out? Are we watching too many movies?

Follow-up to this question. The guy got jail time. Again, should we be worried about revenge when he gets out? Are we watching too many movies? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jan 5, 2011 - 32 answers

Neighbor broke in, we can prove he did it, should we be scared?

Our downstairs neighbor broke into our apartment, there's a good chance he'll be caught. We don't feel safe. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Oct 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Why do corner stores even exist?

Why do corner stores even exist? [more inside]
posted by abbat on Feb 6, 2010 - 73 answers

Make our house a fortress.

Our house was broken into yesterday. I'd like to prevent this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 40 answers

They got the robbers. Now what?

They got the guys who robbed us. They were arrested but have posted bond and are awaiting trial (I guess). What happens now on my end? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Jul 27, 2009 - 7 answers

Breaking Out Of Break-In Anxiety

My girlfriend is having a crisis following a burglary at her apartment in Austin, TX. What can I do for her, and more importantly, what can she do for herself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Post-Robbery Anxiety

Robbed on the street in daylight - didn't get hurt, didn't lose much, but I'm worried about the anxiety and stress of the aftermath. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Mom was robbed. Now what?

My mother's car was robbed yesterday in Savannah, GA. Thieves made off with the originals of her Social Security card, the Social Security card of my recently deceased father, her bank debit/ATM card, her original driver's license, credit cards, documents with her address on it, business cards, and a lot of cash. She had the police involved & a report has been filed. She has canceled the credit cards and will be talking to her bank. Thankfully her checkbook wasn't taken. What else can she do, or can I help with, to prevent identity theft now that criminals have her SSN, my dad's SSN, and her drivers license and address? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy on Mar 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Short story - man buries money under a tree

What is the name of the story in which a man buries stolen money under a sapling, ends up buying the house next door, and years later tries to retrieve the money only to find that the neighbor has already taken it and left newspaper clippings? [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Sep 20, 2008 - 3 answers

Tracking stolen ipod and laptop possible?

Our house has been robbed. Some of the things they took were an 867mhz G4 laptop and a 80gb iPod classic. Is there any way to trace or find out if and when those devices attempt to get online again? And for future reference, is there anything we could do with such electronic devices so that they attempt to phone home or some such if stolen?
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How to deal with post-robbery anxiety?

Broken car window, stolen iPod. Yep, I'm a careless idiot. Looking for info on renter's insurance (too little, too late?), potential new generations of iPods, dealing with emotional anxiety after being robbed. [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Apr 30, 2008 - 21 answers

The lesser of two evils?

Is a young woman more likely to get killed/injured in a car crash or a violent crime? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Apr 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Get us the HELL outta here!

My fiance got mugged two nights ago in Chicago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Nov 21, 2007 - 34 answers

Teach me how pro robbers work

Where can I read about the techniques and crimes of modern professional armed robbers and thieves? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Nov 15, 2007 - 12 answers

What to do when I've been robbed?

My apartment was burglarized a week ago Saturday. They took jewelry that isn't worth much but that meant the world to me, and money. The police came and took a report but seeing as this is NYC, my case file is probably already buried. I'm not sure what to do now. [more inside]
posted by firevoice on Oct 31, 2007 - 10 answers

Why was everyone else proud of me, execpt my husband?

My interaction with an armed robber prevented a possible tragedy at a crowded shop, but my husband has yet to acknowledge that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2007 - 55 answers

Turning Stolen Art into Money

How can thieves profit from stolen masterpieces by using them as "collateral" for drug trafficking? How might they use the stolen works for money laundering? [more inside]
posted by taz on May 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Filing a homeowners insurance claim after being robbed on vacation

Okay, on a recent trip to Costa Rica, I got robbed. The bastards got my all my camera equipment. Now, I'm filing a claim through my homeowners insurance. Does anyone have any experience with this? (mi) [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Oct 19, 2004 - 7 answers

We've been robbed

Last night me and my housemates got robbed. They took some DVDs, some Video Games, our TV, and my buddie's guitar, which had a lot of sentimental value. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by hughbot on Sep 17, 2004 - 15 answers

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