Not totally related to college issues, but a question for you all

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Not totally related to college issues, but a question for you all
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Wed, 01-11-2012 - 12:21am

Have any of your kids been victims of theft?

One of my younger dd's friends was at a friend's house in a relatively decent area of Oakland (outside of SF) and was at his place for only about an hour.

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Registered: 10-25-2006

Sorry to hear about your dd's friend having her suitcase stolen.

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In the case of my ds, it wasn't property, it was his first on-campus temporary ID. That was linked to his bank account, and someone somehow got his code. Almost $4000 was slowly taken from his savings account by Thanksgiving of his first semester (I wasn't monitoring it; now I don't have access but at the beginning of freshman year I did). He grumbled but I told him to file a claim with the bank, and they judged in his favor and he got the money back - needless to say we closed that account and opened a new one, and moved the money from his checking acct as well to the new accounts. No further incident but it definitely was unnerving!

Sue
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DD21 had her Iphone pick pocketed from her bag on a crowded bus in San Francisco. She knows exactly who did it. She was having a texting conversation while riding and in between text she would drop her phone down into her large open shoulder bag. So easy for this guy to reach in and take it and jump off at the next stop. It was lesson learned. Years ago when we lived on base, my husband rode his bike home for lunch and left it in the yard for the short time he was inside eating. When he came back it was gone. We always felt safer when we lived on base, but that showed us there are thiefs everywhere. When I was 19 I worked at a Dairy Queen and we were robbed at gunpoint. They caught the guy after he crashed his car into a wash. Who robs a DQ in the winter? Didn't he know people don't buy much icecream when it is cold?
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Registered: 10-25-2006

OMG!

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Well, obviously when I checked it around Thanksgiving that year I threw the flags up asking him what the heck he was spending on - he looked at me with that deer in the headlights gaze but at first I wasn't sure. But then when I told him the amount missing, he was shocked. Yep, he lost his temporary ID before they took the photo version, and I had him pay the $25 fee for that, but apparently before that someone must've watched him put his PIN in and either he left the card or the person swiped it somehow. Very disconcerting - it was the $4000 I'd saved over the years, $1k/year for his pin money for school - all taken in 3 months. Thankfully it was returned and I took control of that part of it again!

My dh is like your dh - totally clueless (but we both bring in about half) and wants to stay that way!

Sue
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Registered: 04-16-2009

Yup, my DD has had some problems. So far, DS has not had anything stolen,except for an old bike. He left his bike in front of a building on campus and forget about it. He remembered two weeks latter- it was gone,of course. The bike was well passed its prime so he wasn't that upset.

We have had bikes stolen from our garage, the cars rifled through. One summer night, a group of bored teenagers were running havoc through the neighborhood.The police caught them. Since then, I make sure the garage door is closed and the cars are locked.

My DD had her clothes stolen from the school locker room when she just started high school. My DD was upset; it was a favorite pants and top but she also felt sorry for the girl. They suspected who did it although the clothes were never recovered. The girl "disappeared " from the school soon after that. DD had her bus pass stolen.

Since then, she has learned how to protect herself on the city transport. She doesn't carry a backpack or anything someone can reach in and take something from her not knowing. I do not use credit or debit cards at the local gas stations. I have had friends who have has their bank accounts depleted/compromised.

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Registered: 03-30-2003

That's what kind of concerns me the most with dd.

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Registered: 11-28-1999

Back when I was in college I was pickpocketed on the subway--they took my wallet.

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Registered: 07-24-1997

Not so far, but I'm sure it will happen eventually.

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Registered: 12-03-1999

When we lived in Chicago, and in a decent neighborhood, our garage was emptied out, except for the car which we were out driving in, or that would have gone, too, because 5 other garages on the block were emptied that night also.

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