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Old 31 Dec 2005, 07:36 am   #1 (permalink)
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I live in a nice college town with nice neighbors in
a nice neighborhood close to the university and nice
apartment building with nice covered parking.

But some damn druggie broke into one of the cars
last night that was parked in the building's covered
parking lot. I never parked my Tercel in that lot for
that very reason--the lot is located under the building; it's
the building that covers it.

I always used to park the Tercel out in the street
where it was plainly visible to other houses. However,
now that I'm about to buy a brand new Camry, I would like
to park it in a covered area, but there's no way I'm
parking it in the lot downstairs. The druggies steal car
batteries at times and other times stereos. Yeah, your
car battery!! Can't we legalize drugs so they can get
their meds for a few pennies down at the clinic??

Anyhow, I'll probably pay $600 a year to park my
car in one of the city's municipal covered parking lots--to
shelter the car from rain, snow, and sun.

Are municipal parking lots generally safe? As I've
said before, I drive my car very infrequently, maybe only
every 4 to 7 days on average. The parking permit administrator
I spoke with over the phone said that the only crime they've
had in the lots is related to domestic disputes. Like a
pizza thrown onto the windshield of an estranged boyfriend
or girlfriend's car--basically stuff related only to
domestic disputes.

Do you think my Camry will be safe in one of the
muni lots if I leave it parked in the same spot for
4 to 7 days at a time?

Thanks a lot for any helpful suggestions.
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Old 31 Dec 2005, 01:33 pm   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like a nice college town with nice neighbors. Legalizing should make
it so much nicer!

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Old 31 Dec 2005, 02:30 pm   #3 (permalink)
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if the parking garage is gated then it should be safe. Does anyone patrol
the garage? Unfortunately, there are a few individuals in this world with
total disregard for other peoples property. You can only do so many
things to protect your stuff. You should have a high quality alarm
installed in your vehicles and window stickers to alert potential thiefs
that your car is protected and will draw attention to itself if disturbed.
Believe it or not, an alarm is a great theft deterent.

As you say, you live in a nice neighborhood so hopefully your vehicle will
be safe when left for short periods of time.

Good Luck

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Old 31 Dec 2005, 05:55 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Next time I hear loud, strange noises at night, I'm
calling the police straight away, and nail that
damn druggie.

How's that for dehumanizing him: Calling him
a "damn druggie."

What do those druggies do with car batteries,
anyhow? Pawn them? I can't see anybody paying much
for a used battery.
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Old 01 Jan 2006, 01:05 pm   #5 (permalink)
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probably

"Built_Well" <bw@bbbb.com> wrote in message
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>I live in a nice college town with nice neighbors in
> a nice neighborhood close to the university and nice
> apartment building with nice covered parking.
>
> But some damn druggie broke into one of the cars
> last night that was parked in the building's covered
> parking lot. I never parked my Tercel in that lot for
> that very reason--the lot is located under the building; it's
> the building that covers it.
>
> I always used to park the Tercel out in the street
> where it was plainly visible to other houses. However,
> now that I'm about to buy a brand new Camry, I would like
> to park it in a covered area, but there's no way I'm
> parking it in the lot downstairs. The druggies steal car
> batteries at times and other times stereos. Yeah, your
> car battery!! Can't we legalize drugs so they can get
> their meds for a few pennies down at the clinic??
>
> Anyhow, I'll probably pay $600 a year to park my
> car in one of the city's municipal covered parking lots--to
> shelter the car from rain, snow, and sun.
>
> Are municipal parking lots generally safe? As I've
> said before, I drive my car very infrequently, maybe only
> every 4 to 7 days on average. The parking permit administrator
> I spoke with over the phone said that the only crime they've
> had in the lots is related to domestic disputes. Like a
> pizza thrown onto the windshield of an estranged boyfriend
> or girlfriend's car--basically stuff related only to
> domestic disputes.
>
> Do you think my Camry will be safe in one of the
> muni lots if I leave it parked in the same spot for
> 4 to 7 days at a time?
>
> Thanks a lot for any helpful suggestions.



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Old 02 Jan 2006, 09:35 am   #6 (permalink)
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I don't know where these car-attacking druggies are coming
from. I live in a nice neighborhood; I know of at least
3 MU professors and a travel agency owner who live within
a block from me. This is a popular neighborhood for
professors.

If anyone's familiar with Columbia, Missouri, my
street intersects University Avenue. Could these druggies
be students? I just don't know.

All I know is that these car break-ins last happened
about 4 years ago in the covered parking lot of my
100-unit apartment complex. And now they're starting again.

The loser 4 years ago musta struck the covered lot on
5 or so different occasions. I don't know if he got caught, moved,
or simply stopped. But I'm not going to allow this NEW loser to
strike so many times. The very next time, I hear anything
even the slightest bit out of the ordinary, I'm calling the
police straight away and nail that druggie.

I suggested to the building's owner 4 years ago that he
install cameras in the lot. But he hasn't. But who
knows, cameras may not stop those hopped up druggers any who.

If anyone has any suggestions on capturing car thieves,
they'd be most welcome.
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