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Chain-Chain-Chaaaain! [Sep. 9th, 2007|12:21 pm]
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Yesterday afternoon I went out to the land. When I got there I found the chain across the driveway had been cut at both ends and taken. I stopped right there, out of sight of the house and called 9-1-1. As I did so, I made an awful discovery. My new cell phone, which I have finally begun to adjust to, has a terrible feature. When you dial 9-1-1 and hit send, it emits a loud siren-like alarm. This was in spite of the fact that I had made sure that every sound-emitting feature the phone had was shut off. In general, a loud alarm is the last thing I want when I call 9-1-1. If I can't get this "feature" shut off, I may end up returning the phone.

Back to the cut chain and all...It took the cops about ten minutes to get there. I let them go down the driveway ahead of me. We searched everywhere, but there was no evidence of theft, vandalism, or off road activity. I considered that they may have only wanted to steal the special $300 "cut-proof" chain, but there was an identical chain across the other driveway opening a few feet away that was untouched. They may be planning to come back. I just don't know.

So, withasmittenkitten 's help, I located the nearest Home Depot  where I went bought some new chain. By the time I got back to the land it was dusk, so I decided to just put the chain on and leave. As I was attaching a no trespassing sign to the chain, a car came down the road toward me. (Note: The road is a dead end. The only exit is the driveway which I had just chained off.) Usually when this happens, I get a exhilarating rush of adrenaline and duck into the bushes to see what the bad guys do. But this time I got totally spooked. I jumped into the truck and was considering ramming them head-on, but before I got it started, they saw the truck and backed off and drove away. I finished putting the sign up and headed home.

EDIT: I realized why I didn't jump into the bushes and hide when the car came down the road. It was because I no longer felt I could hide and quietly call 9-1-1 for help. That stupid 9-1-1 alarm sucks. I called Verizon, and they said they have no way to turn off that feature bug. I'm going to call the manufacturer tomorrow and see if they have a fix.

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-09-09 06:43 pm (UTC)

Speaking of Lids...

I've thought of telling the cops there is one nearby. Then they might watch the place for a day or two.
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[User Picture]From: curculio
2007-09-09 11:16 pm (UTC)


Thanks go to asmittenkitten for her help. I hope you get something for the phone, they should have a silent mode like house alarms do. You can undo the alarm and it sends a message to the security company that things are bad. The same with the 911. Do they expect that everyone who calls 911 is in the middle of a cardiac seizure and needs someone else's help right then and there? That alarm would have sent the phone flying out of my hands.
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From: brashley46
2007-09-10 02:10 am (UTC)
A) That 'phone is seriously stupid, yes.

B) Those people think you have something they want, even if it's just access to the creek behind your land. Time to get a bit more protective. (I've no idea how.)
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-09-10 02:37 am (UTC)
Steps are being taken. Hopefully they will help.
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[User Picture]From: dinahprincedaly
2007-09-10 05:03 am (UTC)
i just don't get it... people come and mess with our property too when we aren't there... one time we came back to find our canoe had been picked up and moved 50 feet to the middle of our field right side up full of water... two weeks ago it looked like someone had had a little open charcol fire on our stone steps to the lake... they do it cause they can? people just like to get away with things?
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-16 12:04 pm (UTC)


When I was a student, we found that our keys, if you were careful, could open other doors. So we went into the room one of our friends and turned all his posters upside down and resorted his CD collection :)

His face was a picture because he knew something was wrong but he couldn't figure out what :)

Then we did the room of the guy that kept pulling pranks - but there we just removed *everything*. We found him the next morning laying in the middle of the room with his coat over him and a traffic cone :) We thought he deserved this because he kept stealing things off people and returning them ten minutes later just to point out that he had been waving them in front of our faces just before leaving the room and we hadn't noticed :)
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[User Picture]From: dinahprincedaly
2007-09-10 02:43 pm (UTC)
hey cdozo... unrelated to this post... i thought you might be amused by antonstrout 's posted review of some of the musicians at Farm Aid http://antonstrout.livejournal.com/258152.html
amusing and blunt and probably accurate, but then i didn't go to Farm Aid
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2007-09-10 09:23 pm (UTC)
Scary stuff. And yes, the 911 alarm is stupid. (I wonder if my cellphone does that, come to think of it. I wonder if some idiot decided they all should!)

Consider if you can afford it getting a trailcam and setting it up--they're unobrusive, and combined with an equally unobtrusive motion detector they take a picture of anything that passes in front of them. That might provide useful evidence. http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001004.php

Of course, if the person or persons trespassing on and vandalizing your property are computer-literate and watching your online presence, just this suggestion might be enough to get them looking for the device.

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-09-11 12:50 am (UTC)
I've looked into trail cameras. They're pretty expensive.
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[User Picture]From: Alex Swavely [myopenid.com]
2007-09-14 03:15 am (UTC)
If you've got decent electrical or mechanical skills, you can make something better for less.

Options such as emailing you or your phone with a copy of the image, capturing a short video when the motion sensor goes off, etc.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2007-09-14 03:22 am (UTC)
Thieves have stolen all the copper from the houses, so there is no cable, telephone service or electricity (or water or gas for that matter).
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