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Old 05-31-07, 01:33 PM   #1
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GF's house was broken in to today.

My GF's house was broken in to today. She still lives in FL (for now).

I'm 3200 miles away....what can I do to help make her feel better (and safer)?
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- call ADT and pay for the install and first six month's monitoring...

- sorry to hear this...

p.s. or, tell her to drive out to Tampa, pick up the round-trip ticket to SeaTac waiting for her, and fly out to see you for a week!
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^^^^^What he said. Sorry about that bro.

Mich tells me to sleep with a gun. But then again that's Mich.

I sleep with the knife instead.
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web cam and software so her home computer can record intruders?
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Unfortunately there’s no easy fix, especially from such a distance. An alarm is a great idea, but she’ll probably still feel unsafe for some time. I’m not sure I could ever feel safe sleeping with a weapon.
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^^^^^What he said. Sorry about that bro.

Mich tells me to sleep with a gun. But then again that's Mich.

I sleep with the knife instead.
+1 with linux_author.

I would surprise her by sending her a bouquet of her favorite flowers.

I feel really bad for whoever breaks into Siu's place. Hopefully, it would never happen. *knocks on wood*. I'm sorry to hear about this KT. I hope she is alright. She might be a little shaken up so try to comfort her.
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I also agree with Torvalds, plus some flowers would be a good idea.
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web cam and software so her home computer can record intruders?
Nice idea....but that was one of the things stolen.
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Yes, so they can monitor you getting robbed.

Buy her a big dog.
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Awww man Thank goodness she wasn't hurt!
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Nice idea....but that was one of the things stolen.
new computer?
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Hook it up and they steal it again, web cam and all?
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buy her a ticket to GNW
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just another reason Florida sucks...
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just another reason Florida sucks...
+Eleventybillion on that one!!

Yet another reason I wanted out.
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That sucks. I hope she's okay.

Obviously, have her file a police report. Contact the insurance company to replace what ever was stolen.

Send her flowers with a round trip ticket or better, fly out there, deliver the flowers yourself and spend time with here there.

Here's a tip: take a video of your house showing what you have and the serial #s. You might also consider keeping item/serial #/description on an Xcel spread sheet. Update it annually, keep a copy in your safe deposit box or at least in another location. Video is good, I find that digital pics of the item and the serial # is better, burn that to a CD and update annually.
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That's horrible! I think she needs a big dog as well. Is she going to move closer to you?
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Is she going to move closer to you?
That's in the eventual plan....but she's going back to school and the schools out here will put her on a waiting list, so she's stuck in FL until Sept. next year.
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My GF's house was broken in to today. She still lives in FL (for now).

I'm 3200 miles away....what can I do to help make her feel better (and safer)?
KT ~ I am so sorry to hear about this/there are a few things that can be done. As I am in Industrial Security, I may be able to offer some advice/PM me if interested...
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+Eleventybillion on that one!!

Yet another reason I wanted out.

I was broken into some years ago. I know how she feels. Some druggie I am sure. The druggie called me that night and wanted me to buy the stuff he stole from me! How he got my number I do not know. [back before C-phones] I said "okay where do we meet?" But I called the police and gave them the info. They arrested him, went to court and ordered to pay restitution. I have not seen a dime.
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I was broken into some years ago. I know how she feels. Some druggie I am sure. The druggie called me that night and wanted me to buy the stuff he stole from me! How he got my number I do not know. [back before C-phones] I said "okay where do we meet?" But I called the police and gave them the info. They arrested him, went to court and ordered to pay restitution. I have not seen a dime.
Yeah....she is not far from you. She lives in Seffner (North Brandon).
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Sadly it's easier to get the stuff back through illegal means than through the system.

KT, look into the IBM thinkpads that have the tracking modules inside of them...I forgot what it's called, but I know they offer them since one of my past employers used laptops with those inside of them.

Basically it "phones home" to an IBM owned server whenever it's connected to a WLAN or hardwired connection....this is at the NIC level, so it will phone home regardless of OS reinstallation, etc. Basically it assures someone gets caught, hopefully the thief if they are stupid enough to boot it up around a unsecured hotspot and see what's on it.

I second the security system....good plan. Peace of mind of some form is worth more than simple restitution....you may want to advse her to change ALL passwords, etc. If the crook is smart, they could be looking for cached passwords and the such. Yes, it's a huge hassle, but when done, it's further peace of mind.
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....you may want to advse her to change ALL passwords, etc. If the crook is smart, they could be looking for cached passwords and the such. Yes, it's a huge hassle, but when done, it's further peace of mind.
yeah...I've already talked to her about that.
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^^^^^What he said. Sorry about that bro.

Mich tells me to sleep with a gun. But then again that's Mich.

I sleep with the knife instead.
I sleep with the puppies. Better than either, built in homing and multi strike capacity.
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Im sorry to hear that KT.
Thieving is personal violation that goes beyond just taking stuff.
Scum. Kharma happens.
Due to a family situation I have to spend a year in FLA
and am dreading it. Stuff like this only makes my dread seem more real.
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