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Old 07-14-08, 11:22 AM   #1
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Bikes in Garage with Door Open...

During the recent July 4th weekend, I noticed the garage door of my neighbors' directly
across from me was open and both of their bikes were easily visible.

I had a feeling they were gone, if not for the day, for a couple of days at least. I rang
the doorbell and no one answered. Since I have a bike and would appreciate if
someone would do the same for me, I entered the garage door and used the
opener located near the service door. I then entered their courtyard through
the garage service door and left through the unlocked courtyard door. By the
way, the garage service door appeared to be locked from the outside but I was
able to use that door from inside the garage to leave.

FYI, this is a town home development so in that sense, I feel we should keep
an eye on each other's property. Also, though I don't know these neighbors well,
I've spoken to them briefly on a couple of occasions. I know they use their
bikes often and go for extended rides so I thought losing one or both to
theft would upset them.

Before this experience, we were all notified by email from the
management company of a theft of a bicycle in a garage in this same
town home development. The main garage door was closed in this case,
but someone walked through the unlocked gate door into
the courtyard and took the bike through the unlocked garage service door.

I do not personally keep my bike in the garage as I don't feel it is safe to do.
Though it's more inconvenient, I bring my bicycle into my town home.

I did leave a note in the neighbors' box that their garage door was opened and
how I closed it. I also mentioned my concern because of the recent theft of
a neighbor's bike and that I thought they should know about the door in
case there is a malfunction that caused the door to (remain) open. It more than
likely was because they drove off without being sure the door was shut as I've done
that myself. I signed my name and house number.

Though I didn't do it for any recognition, I thought they would notify me once
they returned. They were back the next day, but I haven't heard anything
from them. I now wonder if I should have shut the garage door. A
lack of response I feel means that they didn't appreciate my going into their
garage and shutting the door.

In the future if their garage door is open and the bikes exposed, I won't
close the door.

Was I out of line? What would you have done in a similar situation? If
a neighbor shut your garage door to protect your property (in this case
the bikes) how would have you reacted?
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Old 07-14-08, 11:31 AM   #2
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I think you did well. Perhaps they didn't see the note, so maybe you mention it in passing.
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Old 07-14-08, 11:32 AM   #3
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they will probably thank you next time they see you. this is not a big deal
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Old 07-14-08, 11:39 AM   #4
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tricky situation, but I think you did the right thing. If you see them again, you might mention it to see if it bothered them. I would call to say thanks, although I've already had a bike stolen out of an open garage (during the day, we were home).
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Old 07-14-08, 12:12 PM   #5
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Funny, my neighbor keeps his kids bikes on the front lawn. I yell "FREE BIKES" every time I pass the yard. I don't know if they speak English. Maybe I should translate in Spanish, "liberte bicicletas". Front yards are not for storage of bicycles, crappy plastic kids toys, trampolines, ...
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Old 07-14-08, 12:16 PM   #6
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I have lost a bike and some tools under those circumstances. Once when my wife was home, and I had gone to the hardware store. It's a real violation that ticks you off. Thieves are so low down. You did the right thing. bk
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Old 07-14-08, 12:34 PM   #7
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You did right, and the note conveys your presences on their property.

It is not out of line to walk over and introduce yourself and confirm everything less was OK when they returned home.

Neighbors stepping froward to do the RIGHT thing is becoming rare in today's settings.

They may feel awkward or embarrassed to having caused you the trouble, yet certain they appreciated your concern.

Done well...
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Old 07-14-08, 12:50 PM   #8
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You did good.

Send them a link to this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JJJRCE

Then get one yourself.
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Old 07-14-08, 01:33 PM   #9
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you did great! I wish one of my neighbors had done this before I got my first bike stolen out of my open garage......
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Old 07-14-08, 01:49 PM   #10
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I think their lack of a response doesn't indicate displeasure. It probably just indicates they aren't thoughtful or are a little flakey -- which is probably why they left the garage door open in the first place.
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Old 07-14-08, 02:01 PM   #11
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Depends what your notes said. The correct way to write it was to inform u simply closed the door but did not look at anything else (respecting their privacy). Bad if u gave them a lesson. No matter, keep doing it, but don't expect everyone else to be warm, come give u a hug or bring cakes or something. Some people just like their privacy. Normal-normal.
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Old 07-14-08, 02:31 PM   #12
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Funny, my neighbor keeps his kids bikes on the front lawn. I yell "FREE BIKES" every time I pass the yard. I don't know if they speak English. Maybe I should translate in Spanish, "liberte bicicletas".
You mean "Gratis bicicletas" (or is it "bicicletas gratis"?); otherwise you'd be calling for their release from prison ("liberte" means, more accurately, "liberate" than "free for the taking"). Or, stick with "liberte", then make a sign on a stick and protest the house while you're at it.

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Old 07-14-08, 02:47 PM   #13
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Thats called being a good neighbor. +1 for you.
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Old 07-14-08, 05:54 PM   #14
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My next door neighbor often calls us if we have left our garage door open in the evening. One night we found a message on our answering machine telling us that he had just come back from the movies and saw our door open. The door was closed when we woke up. There was a post-it note from the local police telling us that they had come and shut the door. This all happened while we were asleep.
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Old 07-14-08, 07:02 PM   #15
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You did good. They might have been busy. maybe they did not see the note, maybe they meant to say something and it just slipped their mind or maybe they are just rude people. Either way, you did the right thing.

I know someone that came home to find their garage door open, they notice water trickling down the driveway, their thoughts "this can't be good". They found the hose to their dishwasher had burst and pretty much ruined the kitchen and shorting out their garage door opener.
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You're lucky nobody reported you as a burglar/prowler while you were doing your good deed.
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Old 07-14-08, 08:48 PM   #17
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You did the right thing. My dad had his favorite set of golf clubs stolen out of the garage back in the day.
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Old 07-14-08, 09:47 PM   #18
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You did the right thing. Do it again if you must.
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I keep my bikes (well the beater bike is in the shed, which is locked) in my basement. a bit harder for anyone to know I have them down there Im young(er) so carrying them up and down stairs isnt all that bad right now. Besides, I can work on them rain or shine in the basement
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You did the right thing, we've had two top of the line mountain bikes stolen out of our garage in the middle of the day while we where home, its not fun to discover bikes missing
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Old 07-15-08, 06:20 PM   #21
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Beer. We lose more beer in our neighborhood this way from kids taking it out of garage fridges. Anyway, I would appreciate your gesture, but I'm pretty laid back. Some more uptight folks may not...
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Just go back at night and steal the bikes. Serves 'em right.
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There's nothing wrong with what you did. They left the place wide open (not only in the 'unlocked door' sense, but in the 'barn door open' sense), so they obviously didn't have anything private in there. It's quite possible they didn't notice the note, or they don't know how to contact you (without knowing precisely what was on the note); or they've been too busy to reply. Just ask them about it next time you see them, and if they dislike it say "alright, I'll leave it alone next time."; don't act like they're not being grateful, though, since you DID technically trespass on their property.
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