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My shit got stolen. (UPDATE: Twice! But got some back.)

DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
edited March 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So I forgot to lock the door to my apartment and when I got home my X360, my Wii, and my new PSP that I got for Xmas were missing. I filed an insurance claim (but I'll still get fuckall back because the three combined probably don't add up to much higher than the deductable) and am in the process of filing a police report (but I know they aren't going to be able to recover anything either). So. Some more practical questions:

1) My Wii downloaded stuff. (Virtual Console, WiiWare, etc.) Is there any way I could transfer this to a replacement Wii? I have the old Friend Code saved somewhere.

2) The X360. They left behind a wireless controller, so I tried to see if it paired with the console near any of the nearby apartments, but no hits. (I don't think it was local kids anyway, or they probably would have taken an armload of games: as it is the only games missing are the ones that were in the consoles at the time). I know there's no hassle to redownload stuff here (except my Rock Band 1 tracks). Is there any way to get Microsoft to at least Live-ban the console?

3) Any other suggestions from the peanut gallery? :wink: I'm trying to stay sane through all this.

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  • SamuraiGattsSamuraiGatts Bearded Bully Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Sorry to hear about your problem, that sucks... a lot.

    That being said, I wouldn't go too crazy trying to do much about it. File the police and insurance report and chalk the whole experience up as one of those "learn a lesson the hard way" moments to lock your door.

    You aren't really going to get much more out of this and the sooner you put it behind you the better you'll probably feel.

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  • BlochWaveBlochWave Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Just a thought that might amount to nothing, but that Xbox is presumably going to end up in someone else's hands. You suggested banning it from Live, but if that's an option, what about looking at its IP address when it connects and trying to figure out where it is?

    RESEARCH: It sounds like, despite that idea being feasible, MS will just disable its ability to connect to Live if you report it stolen and happily accept your money for a new Xbox

    It looks like the poster in this forum may have had some luck, http://forum.teamxbox.com/showthread.php?p=11053297

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    Call up MS and report it stolen. Otherwise they can sign in with your tag and start buying stuff with any attached CCs.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Thanks to this thread, I am now beating a trail back to my place to check on my computer, and looking for ways to bolt it to the wall.

    I don't care how Muslim this nation is, there are still stupid europeans a half mile away.

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  • jedikuonjijedikuonji Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    If you have serial numbers for any of the consoles or if any of them a uniquely identifiable (custom mod jobs/paint/name engraved/etc) you might try calling around to pawn shops and game stores to see if they were hawked for a quick buck.

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  • RoyceSraphimRoyceSraphim Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Seeing as how I decided to type with my genitals and not my brain, and was rightly jailed for it; I have thought long and hard for something to contribute.

    Seattle had a long stretch were most thieves in the downtown area were fencing everything at a central pawn store right near the tourist area. Might help you follow up on jedikuonji's lead.

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  • KatoKato Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    As for your Wii...Nintendo will be hard pressed to transfer your stuff over. If you explain the situation, they might believe you and transfer your content over, but otherwise you will screwed on that account. I would certainly call them and try though once you have a new Wii.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    An update:

    I called up Microsoft and got my credit card information removed from the account, so that's solved. Nintendo was able to give me the serial number of my Wii based on the credit card I used to buy stuff from WiiWare. I took that number and called Gamestop corporate to ask if that system had been traded in...

    and hit another dead end; the thieves didn't take it to Gamestop. So I guess that's out. On Monday I'll call the police department to get the serial number added to the report, on the off chance that they happen to run into it. (Although maybe I should call GS again to see if they took it there today).

    Oh, and Nintendo will transfer downloaded stuff from a stolen system to a replacement, but you need to go through some Kafkaesque horseshit involving faxing them a copy of the police report, serial numbers and receipts from both systems, etc. etc.

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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I have to wonder in situations like this....

    are the thieves regularly just trying door handles as they walk through apartments?

    Is it common for apartment dwellers to hear people trying their doorknob every once in a while?

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    Yes

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  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Deusfaux wrote: »
    I have to wonder in situations like this....

    are the thieves regularly just trying door handles as they walk through apartments?

    Is it common for apartment dwellers to hear people trying their doorknob every once in a while?

    Yes, when I lived in low-income housing, at least once a week I'd get a door knob jiggle. Usually I'd walk out and see a dude with a backpack walking down the hall trying doors. I reported him to the building admins, and the police...found out he had robbed a few places and got arrested because they knew what to look for and caught him in the act. I promptly got a third lock installed that autolocked my door when it closed (like a hotel).

    On the subject though, wait a month. Most stolen electronics will not get fenced/pawned for at least a month if not more. A thief who only targeted high value/high demand goods knows what he's doing. He's not looking to make a quick buck, he's a thief. He'll stash your stuff for a month or more, that's the point police stop looking/caring as more stolen goods have shown up on their list.

    In a month or two, call GS again and check your serial numbers, then call/go in the largest pawn shops in your city (ask friends/internet if you don't know the shops that get the highest traffic) and do the same thing. Since you've filled a police report as stolen property, the Pawn Shop will just give you back your stuff and take the hit. If they don't, you can involve the police, who will get your stuff back right there, and then follow the lead on the seller from the pawn shop.

    So, don't lose faith! Jackass isn't going to sell your stuff right away, 1 month to 6 months is the fencing gap. If you can't get it back via traditional means in 6 months...it's in the wind.

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  • DeusfauxDeusfaux Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    what happens when they try a doorknob that's open, and there's people inside?

    and generally speaking, they are not living in the apartment, but gained access anyhow... ?

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2011
    "Whoops, wrong apartment, thought this was my friends"

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  • melting_dollmelting_doll Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Call and check Pawn Shops. Check all the shops in the city and neighboring towns to let them know. Most likely they are willing to help out with something like this, even possibly get descriptions of the people trying to pawn them so you can also let the cops know.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    So, an update, in case anyone gives a damn. Figured I might as well update this anyway.

    Over the course of the past two months, I got the money from the homeowner's insurance and replaced the Wii and X360. Shit was fine for a while until, one day when I was in a rush to get out the door (and then forgot something in the apartment and needed to rush back to get it), I apparently forgot to lock the door again. The replacement consoles then also went missing.

    This time, the dipshit had a Craigslist ad up the next day. Also, I remembered to save the serial numbers this time. I forwarded this information to the police and earlier today they caught the guy. I got my (second) Wii back, but I guess he already sold the Xbox because it wasn't there. I know this was the same guy both times because one of the games he stole back in January was in the pile of stolen stuff recovered from the kid's apartment. (I have a quirk of saving the receipts for my games in the game case, behind the manual. This one matched my credit card number, and was from a Gamestop in the state that I used to live in, a couple hundred miles away.)

    Anyway, I guess the moral of the story is that the cops can catch the guy if you find the Craigslist ad that exactly matches your stolen stuff for them. I'm glad he was at least caught even though I'm not getting all my stuff back.

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    At least they got him now. Looks like he was testing your door almost daily and his laziness finally got the best of him.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    He's apparently being tried as a juvenile, what with him being a juvenile and all. I'm picturing a high school freshman coming home from school and checking random apartments before the tenants get home, though of course the police won't give me much actual information on him because he's a juvie. They did slip what building he was in; maybe I should let the leasing office know. Then again, what the hell would they do about it; they've never been competent before...

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  • illigillig Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    OP - you need to get yourself an auto locking lockset for your door... especially since you apparently live in a shitty, high theft area

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    illig wrote: »
    OP - you need to get yourself an auto locking lockset for your door...

    auto locking door does seem like a good idea for you, duder

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I am moving the hell out of this place in like two months so I don't want to go replacing doorknobs yet.

    It's funny, it didn't look like a theft-heavy area at all. I guess you can never tell.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    By the way, if anyone has a Wavebird receiver that they'd be interested in selling, PM me. The douchebag stole the receiver that was plugged into the Wii but not the Wavebird itself, and they never found the receiver.

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  • MushroomStickMushroomStick Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't know if the same kid stealing from someone multiple times qualifies an entire area as theft-heavy.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't know if the same kid stealing from someone multiple times qualifies an entire area as theft-heavy.

    It probably doesn't. It's not the only reason I'm moving out, in any case.

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  • zktzkt Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I don't know if the same kid stealing from someone multiple times qualifies an entire area as theft-heavy.

    Yeah, don't know how that guy came to that conclusion.

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Daedalus wrote: »
    They did slip what building he was in; maybe I should let the leasing office know. Then again, what the hell would they do about it; they've never been competent before...

    Do it. Could keep other people cautious so this little prick doesn't get anyone else's stuff, or it could get the prick evicted.

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  • rizriz Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Deusfaux wrote: »
    I have to wonder in situations like this....

    are the thieves regularly just trying door handles as they walk through apartments?

    Is it common for apartment dwellers to hear people trying their doorknob every once in a while?

    Yes, when I lived in low-income housing, at least once a week I'd get a door knob jiggle. Usually I'd walk out and see a dude with a backpack walking down the hall trying doors.

    That is really creepy.

    I've never gotten doorknob testers, but I haven't lived in "low-income" buildings either... although I would consider anywhere heavily populated by college students to be vulnerable to casual thievery like that. What does unnerve me is random door buzzings at night. It's rare but it happens, and no, I'm NOT going to just buzz in a random person at 3 a.m. when I'm not expecting anyone, nice try though... and I can only hope no one else in the building is feeling generous.

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  • zktzkt Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Skeith wrote: »
    Daedalus wrote: »
    They did slip what building he was in; maybe I should let the leasing office know. Then again, what the hell would they do about it; they've never been competent before...

    Do it. Could keep other people cautious so this little prick doesn't get anyone else's stuff, or it could get the prick evicted.

    If hes a juvenile I doubt they're going to evict his parents for something he did.

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    zkt wrote: »
    Skeith wrote: »
    Daedalus wrote: »
    They did slip what building he was in; maybe I should let the leasing office know. Then again, what the hell would they do about it; they've never been competent before...

    Do it. Could keep other people cautious so this little prick doesn't get anyone else's stuff, or it could get the prick evicted.

    If hes a juvenile I doubt they're going to evict his parents for something he did.

    I've had multiple landlords who absolutely would evict such tenants.

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  • Edgler VessEdgler Vess Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    OP- Did you have pictures of all your stuff that this guy stole? Or did the insurance company just take your word for it and replace the stuff that was taken? AND if you knew in advance that you were going to be robbed would you have done anything different for insurance purposes?

    I only ask because, while I live in a nice neighborhood weve had a string of thefts around here, I could easily be next. (Police suspect it is a couple of kids not from this neighborhood breaking into peoples homes in the middle of the afternoon, before they get off work).

    This thread reminded me I probably should get my shit together for robbery purposes. No one in thier right mind would come into someones house while they are home in Mississippi (great way to catch a .45 round in the chest), but....no ones home seems like fair play these day.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Generally, after you pay your deductible (if you have one) it's fair game. They may have a hard time believing you own 3 wii consoles, 5 xbox, 201000 games -- so, if you do have those things, you may want to take pictures, write serial numbers, and notify the insurance agent ahead of time because you may need extra coverage for that stuff.

    If you can prove you bought it with credit card receipts and such, you're fine. Doubly so if your credit card offers insurance on purchases and you can go through them to get a refund.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    To post my same tips - pictures a great, make sure they're stored off-site (best), or somewhere you can grab them in a fire/flood. For electronics and bigger items, I always cut out the UPC/Serial numbers from the boxes and keep them with my papers.

    If you have a safe, make sure it's bolted down. More for damage, but make sure you're aware of the fire rating and what would actually survive in a fire - not CDs. Theft, not much you can do, besides locking that door! :) and doing things like not hauling out electronics boxes - cut them down and put in trash/recycling.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yeah most would be thieves will check your trash too, so be cautious. If they see a huge box that says "BIG SCREEN TV" in your trash, well, they may hit your house next. Cutting them down to the point where it looks like normal recycling will drastically reduce the chance of casual thieves.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    By the way, if you're moving to a house (rental or otherwise), try and get one with a garage you can park in. My car has been broken into twice living in one place, and once more in another. The first time they got my CD player and all of my CDs (some of which were irreplaceable), and I learned and took everything out from then on. It didn't matter. My windows still got broken twice more even though there was nothing in there. The second time the door was unlocked! I guess they thought maybe I'd hidden my stuff in the glove compartment or something.

    If you can park in a garage, you just bypass that crap. I know it isn't advice for home security, but if you're trying to get more security conscious it's something I'd recommend. Even some apartments have a 1-car garage around here.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Yes, that is good advice all around. My car has been scratched and scraped to all shit because apparently people are retarded and don't know how to be careful. If you can, get them to put cameras up that are high quality so you can see who's doing that stuff.

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