Oh, now who didn’t see that comin’?

Does placing a ‘no valuables inside’ sign in a car window deter break-ins?
Car burglaries are at epidemic levels in San Francisco

See, now here’s the thing…
criminals don’t think you’re an honest person, either.

☟ slow-Saturday personal anecdote ☟ »
[lights pipe, leans forward, points pipe stem at audience sitting cross-legged in semi-circle on the porch]

There I was, back in ’83, touring northern Europe while on leave while stationed in the UK. Stopped in Amsterdam, checked-into my hotel late at night, parked my car on the street next to some pretty shrubbery, and strode down the street for a nice, long euro-supper.

[leans back, puffs on pipe]

Wellp, when I got back to my car, the back window next to ‘em danged bushes was all busted out, an’ some stuff was stolen: mainly a box of good cigars along with my nice ivory-handled cigar cutter.
Thing is…

[tamps and re-lights pipe]

Thing is, just out of reach of that broken window was an Addidas gym bag with a towel kinda stickin’ out through the zipper.

[shifts eyes over shoulder, leans forward, makes eye contact with each rapt listener]

But… insiiide that ol’ gym bag was a few-thousand dollars worth of camera gear.
Nah, I wouldn’t'a grabbed it, either, which is kind’a my point.

Okay, one more saw-it-comin’ over at our old pal, Holger’s


  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm |

    There’s a similar post at Knuckledriggin’. Whenever he’d go to Amsterdam from his base in Germany (to score some hash, not sightsee), his car would always be broken into. Said it was the only place where you had to take your spare tire into your room for safekeeping.

    (I gotta wonder when Paul Kersey is gonna show up …)

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 21, 2017 at 4:27 pm |

    My German former exchange student had his BMW 3.. car broken into and the sound system stolen seven times in less than two years. He told me after the fourth time, he just left the car unlocked so at least they wouldn’t break the window to get in. That worked a couple of times and once didn’t make any difference – they smashed the window anyhow.
    Kinda like Flip Wilson’s routine where he talks some muggers with a baseball bat out of robbing him, and in the midst of his sigh of relief, they say “But we’re still gonna hit you with the bat.”

  3. Posted October 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm |

    ^2 That’s one reason why I don’t bother with rolling sound systems; just asking for trouble if you get one.