Has anyone been burgled?

Never happened to me. My apartment complex has impeccable security. Heard it was rampant, though.

One of my colleagues had a laptop stolen out of their office (at night) a week or so ago…
I hope it’s not too rampant, my building’s security is more or less nonexistent, one of the outside doors usually doesn’t even shut all the way. Oh well, hopefully any would-be thieves will be too distracted by all the bikes left in the hallways to bother breaking into my apartment.

I’ve heard that it’s the third most common crime in Taiwan (after fashion crimes and architecturicide). Two of my colleagues have been burgled.

You may want to take precautions: take your phone off the hook when not home, have someone collect your mail when you’re away, lock your balcony’s sliding door, and so on. Be sure to remove any crap someone places in your mailbox or at your door, as it may be a mark. And don’t keep valuables at home. And do all the above at CNY, for sure. But if you do all that, there’s no need to be paranoid, either.

You could just get a big dog. When surveyed, burglars were almost anonymous to say that the best burglar deterrent is a barking dog. It was on National Geographic TV a little while ago. I guess my house is bombproof-burglar-safe. :slight_smile:

marboulette

Yeah, that’s why my parents got three Rottweilers.

I had a guy used to come through the window about twice a month and grab a bite out the fridgerator. I’d wake up and he’d be here and insulted that I looked at him wrong or something I guess because eventually he never came back.

Both my girlfriend’s cafes got broken into, and so did her office. Our downstairs neighbor’s apartment got robbed twice. Someone who doesn’t like me came into the stairwell and sprayed graffiti, and also sprayed my girlfriend’s car, but he fled when my dogs barked. We live in one of those rooftop structures whose door is never locked, and neither are the front door downstairs and the door to the roof. Our home has never been broken into (touch wood.) I have no doubt it would have been were it not for our six dogs and two man-eating terrapins.

I live in a ground-floor place opening straight onto the street. The front is all glass, and we never put the metal slider thingy down. There’s a fancy computer and an xbox and a big TV and such right there in plain sight.

A year or so back I was on the second-floor balcony having a cigarette at about 3am when a guy pulled up on a scooter in front of our place, looking hugely suspect, and went under the overhang*. Then I heard breaking glass. So I put my pants on, took my hardwood katana (which I have no idea how to use, except as a bashing stick), and went downstairs. By the time I got there he was gone. Turned out he’d broken my neighbour’s car window and stolen stuff from his seat. The building security guard didn’t give a fuck, and has hated me ever since for making him call the police. There’s a security camera pointing right at our porch. Sigh.

About three months ago the dogs started barking at like 2am. Our dogs never bark without good reason, so I put my pants on again and went downstairs. There was an SUV parked directly outside, with its engine off but its lights on. The windows were mirrored. When I came out onto the ground floor with my sword and my dogs, they fired the engine up and sped away. There wasn’t any particular reason to have stopped there – the street is wide open – so I guess they were scouting.

No-one has ever actually broken in, though. Podge weighs about 300lb these days, and would rip their fuckin’ heads off.

*: How do you say 騎樓 in English?

PPS. We still have two three-month-old half-rottweiler half-huge-orange-thing puppies to give away. One of them is currently eight feet tall, slightly heavier than a city bus, and eats live grizzlies for breakfast. Anyone need a guard dog?

Not in Taiwan, but interesting story. When I was in school, I had a job driving for Midas. (An auto repair place). I would deliver parts between the different stores.

One store had its front glass door busted out when I delivered there. The manager said they got broken into the night before. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in tools, a nice computer (for the time), countless auto parts…the people that did it could have really made out with a lot of valuable stuff. Instead, they took 50 cents out of the cash drawer, which is how much a coke costs in the machine inside the lobby’s coke machine. We assume he busted down the door, got out 50 cents, bought a coke, then fucked off.

My dictionary gives ‘arcade; covered way; overhang’. It’s not very colloquial in English, the way it is in Mandarin, is it?

[quote=“Dragonbones”]I’ve heard that it’s the third most common crime in Taiwan (after fashion crimes and architecturicide). Two of my colleagues have been burgled.

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Dragonbones, I laughed at something you wrote, that makes a first! I would put number 3 crime as ‘Attempting the impossible feat of talking and chewing at same time’ and number 4 as ‘Office flip-flops foot dragger’!

Don’t keep too much valuable stuff at home, Taiwan has a lot of expert burglars. Plus they go for the easier targets so don’t make your place easier than the next one.

My office in Taiwan was once burgled. They broke an outside window and came in. Don’t ask me how, must have been very mission impossiblish as they came through a 12th floor window on a 16FL building.

Best part was they left a nice big turd on the LaoBan’s desk. It even had corn in it. :laughing:

That would have to point to an inside jobby!

Speaking of office robberies, one chap walked into an office I was at in Taipei when the cleaner inexplicably left the security doors jammed open during lunch time and nicked a colleague’s bag. It was only through that episode that we discovered the whole office was rigged with hidden cameras watching us work. Within an hour of it being reported they sent around the spliced vid from all the cameras showing the chap walk in, wander around a few cubicles and grab the handbag and leave. It also showed me slaving away completely oblivious to the crime at hand, or was I watching porn? Can;t recall, but I sort of hope it was the latter.

HG

[quote=“In this 2003 thread on the same topic, plasmatron”]I live in Taichung… Da-keng to be exact in a quiet street about 5 mins away from the mountains… About a month ago I went downstairs in the morning to find my fiancee’s cards, receipts and wallet strewn across the living room floor, since my NT$60,000 laptop was still on the coffee table, and the DVD, TV, stereo, my wallet etc. were all still there, I figured it couldn’t have been anything too untowards, and ignored it… until I noticed the front door was open… I always lock the front door… I figured the (100% trustworthy) housekeeper might have forgotten to close it behind her since she came in early in the morning and was gone before we woke up, then whilst walking across the street to the office, a sinking sensation started to build as I realized the jeep was not where I parked it… After dashing back to the house to check, sure enough the keys for the jeep were missing, along with my fiancee’s credit cards, and ATM cards and a little cash… The dirty little mother#(*@ had climbed over the front wall into our small patio garden, then climbed in through the unlocked, but really narrrow top living room window, swiped the cards and a little cash from my fiancee’s wallet, taken the keys for the jeep off the shelf by the door, let themselves out and made off with the car… Why the absolute retard didn’t load up the laptop, DVD, my wallet etc. I’ll never know… but I’m glad he didn’t…

Later the utterly incompetent bungling police arrived, had a half hearted look around, made me fill in a zillion forms, and then in a flash of analytical genius sherlock holmes would’ve been proud of informed me, “your car has been stolen”… Despite obvious greasy fingerprints on the window and glass door, they refuse to take prints, called it a day and buggered off back to the station to play mahjiang and drink tea…

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous, a week later I got a letter in the mail… from the traffic police… Good news, I figured… not a chance… Enclosed was a picture of our jeep, “parked” terribly, two wheels on the sidewalk, two wheels in the street smack bang in front of somebody’s shop window in Taichung city, broad daylight, the plates unchanged and everything… The pissed off shop owner had called the cops, who went over to his shop, checked out the atrociously parked car on the sidewalk about 2 inches from the guys tea shop, and promptly taken a photo and issued a NT$2000 parking fine without bothering to even run the plates and find out the car was stolen!!!.. Thus their heroic duty of upholding law and order taken care of the cops left the car there and buggered off to go and play mahjiang and drink tea… Again… Good to know we can all sleep soundly knowing the boys in blue are out there protecting us all from crime and wrongdoing…

About a month later they found the Jeep abandoned, minus the roof, with weeds growing out of the the rain soaked back seats… We suspect the binlang trash Tai-Ke neighbor’s son and his mates, but he insurance was worth more than the car, so we didn’t take it any further…[/quote]

[quote=“zyzzx”]One of my colleagues had a laptop stolen out of their office (at night) a week or so ago…
I hope it’s not too rampant, my building’s security is more or less nonexistent, one of the outside doors usually doesn’t even shut all the way. Oh well, hopefully any would-be thieves will be too distracted by all the bikes left in the hallways to bother breaking into my apartment.[/quote]

Sorry to hear about that, these days loosing your laptop can be a huge problem. Currently I have LocatePC installed . What it does is anytime your laptop is connected to a new IP it sends the address to a email address you have chosen. So, if worst comes to worst and your laptop is stolen and the thieves are dumb enough to actually to connect to the internet instead of formatting your hard disk, you get their location.

I have had one scooter stolen, two bikes stolen, and my apartment got completely wiped out one time while away on vacation, even my underwear got stolen, no shit. However, I think the culprit behind the house robbery was a friend (foreigner) who knew the house would be empty since later I found out he was in financial trouble with some gangsters. All in Taipei, and all the only times I have ever got robbed in my life except once when one of my stoner friends stole a two-finger bag from me.

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No-one has ever actually broken in, though. Podge weighs about 300lb these days, and would rip their fuckin’ heads off.

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Podge is a good looking dog. :angel:

I haven’t be burgled nor have I heard of any friend or family being burgled (knock wood). But I was told that a store beside my hair salon in Tianmu was robbed 3-times in a row in 2 weeks. This was about 2 years ago. Apparently some guy just popped in with massive fire power and robbed the owners clean (of cash).

Oh wait, about 12 years ago, my brother’s friend’s home was broken into. I think he was at the 6th floor of an 8-floor building. The police said that the guy lowered himself on a rope from the balcony of the floor on top and got entry from the balcony.

My dictionary gives ‘arcade; covered way; overhang’. It’s not very colloquial in English, the way it is in Mandarin, is it?[/quote]

portico?

We just realised that our neighbours have been stealing our umbrellas… :fume:
WTF is wrong with people, who would bother stealing something like that?
So much for having “good” neighbours… :ohreally: