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October 29th, 2003
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Yesterday afternoon I came home early to go shopping for Tuesday dinner. When I got to my car, parked on the street in front of the Putnam Cafe, I found that the passenger window had been smashed and the radio had been ripped roughly out of the console.

All for a $30 radio. I'm pissed. My housemate's car, parked right in front of mine, had a much nicer stereo and was untouched. Maybe the scumbag thought that car was more likely to have an alarm.

Today I vacuumed out the broken glass and took it to Hondar House to get the console put back together and the window glass replaced. We'll see how painful this ends up being.

Of course, now I'm in the market for another radio. I kind of liked that model (aiwa cdc-x227) - it had the key feature of a front-panel line in jack - they're still cheap on eBay, and I've got a spare wiring harness for it. Perhaps I'll buy another and be more careful about taking off the faceplate (does that really deter thieves? I see radios without faceplates sold anyway, and if the thief suspects that the faceplate is nearby, such as in the glove box, they'll still break the window to find that out).

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Date:October 29th, 2003 08:44 am (UTC)
Damn, that sucks. Hope you can get a replacement easily. :(
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Date:October 29th, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
that really sucks. and the hassle to clean it all and fix it is a pain also.
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Date:October 29th, 2003 09:49 am (UTC)
Oh man. That's really terrible. I hope it ends up not being too expensive.
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Date:October 29th, 2003 10:01 am (UTC)
I've had two stereos stolen with the faceplate removed. I think I still have the faceplates.

Did you file a police report? You're not likely to get your radio back, but at least they might patrol that neighborhood a little more often.
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Date:October 29th, 2003 10:52 am (UTC)
I had an officer come out and file a report. yes. What with the two pizza-related attacks nearby this summer, and the bizzare motorcycle pileup a couple of weeks ago, I hope they're looking around a lot....
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Date:October 29th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
That sucks!

I don't know how much thieves choose the cars to rob (as opposed to steal) by what they see through the window, by the model and year, by location (e.g. shaded from a streetlight), or something else.

The car robbery attempt I saw in progress was a guy walking down Sidney Street (near pika) trying to slimjim the occasional car door. The two cars I can remember having seen stolen were in the now-rental-place lot next to the formerly-NECCO-factory, and in the rental place by the railroad tracks (across from the Paradise).

In the case of the two thefts, they were cars that weren't very visible. In the case of the robbery attempt, the guy probably figured no sane person would be awake and looking out the window at 5am on a weekend, so he went for very visible cars parked at the curb (with no tree cover).
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Date:October 29th, 2003 11:06 pm (UTC)

That really sucks! Car break-ins and thefts have always been a problem in Cambridge. It's a large part of the reason I never bothered bringing my car from Ohio. I'm not sure what to suggest on replacing the stereo, as I don't think any particular course of action will make it more or less likely to be taken again. :/
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