Hello UU, We live in the 4400 block of North Malden and wanted to inform you (and your readers) that early on Monday morning all three of our garages were broken into via the steel doors that we use to enter them from our residences. Crowbars or similar objects were used to pry open the doors and the three cars that were locked had windows smashed in to rummage through the cabins, glove boxes and trunks. Those that were unlocked had no damage but there was a laptop computer stolen from one of the trunks. This, and about $15 in parking quarters is what these criminals netted. We received thousands in damages, mounds of paperwork to file with insurers and, most gravely, a loss of the sense of security and safety we had just the day before this horrific incident. Police informed us it might be better to just leave our cars empty and unlocked in the garages at all times.
We are unsure if the culprits jumped the fence or walked through our neighbors' always unlocked and usually open front gate and then through their side gate, also unlockable. As a rule we always close and secure our gates and it is actually physically impossible for the main ones to the property to be left ajar without a heavy doorstop. I know it has been said numerous times, but I walk my dog around this neighborhood every day and see buildings that are completely open and unsecured. Thankfully no one was injured by these dangerous people, and I know it has been said many times on Uptown Update, but we can never be diligent enough about the safety of our property, ourselves and our families & friends.
We aren't looking for pity party but we feel this is probably not an isolated incident, and it could happen again, and likely will since they got away with it. And it is not to place blame, but I personal feel very strongly about every building having working lights, motion lights if possible for added security, locked gates and doors for everyone's protection. I urge all condo associations to ensure these practices, and for renters to demand this right to a safe, secure property from their landlords. It only takes one time leaving a gate open or door unlocked for something like this to happen, and it really has caused financial hardship as well as emotional distress for all of us.