Once again, we were confronted with the constant insecurity of living in this country. Another collegue of ours had their apt robbed this week. In the short time it took for the wife to leave home and drive less than 10 mins to pick up her husband from work and return, someone or persons had entered the apt and robbed them. At first glance it seems like they had an idea of where to look for the stuff. They robbed them of some cash, but important papers like passports and the likes remained. They also left the jewlery. Now the hubby and I suspect that it was another inside job, done by persons who knows the couple schedule and who are/were frequent visitors to the house.
This invasion again, prompted the hubby and I to rethink our security proceedures for the apt. But it also got me to thinking. Where do I keep my important stuff and where can I put them that the ladrones won't get their dirty claws on our valuables, what little we do have. I suggested to the hubby that we take our passportes and such important papers and secure them in the safe at the office. But we are also considering other hiding options within the Apt.
But then I was also thinking. What do I have that would cause great discomfort to me if a thief had stolen it. and my short answer was with the exception of my wedding ring and one or two pieces of jewlery. Not much. The jewlery has more sentimental value than monetary value.
I figured, if a thief had to get into our Apt. He would make out like a fat rat or be quite disappointed. Here is why. In my closet and yes, I have my own and the hubby his own. I have all my jewlery just sitting there in the open in the box. I am constantly digging through it, so it's not stashed away behind some clothes or under the bed. But you see, the box can be decieving. I have lots of imitation, fake and quite costly (I won's say expensive) fashion jewlery. There are all mixed in with each other. So the thief would have to figure out what's real and what isn't. He'll be surely disappointed to see most of it wasn't the genuine stuff, but moreso semi-precious or just real nice looking costume.
I would also tell him, just in case that he reading my blog. Don't bother tuh waste yuh time come thief muh house, cause I ein got no diamonds, rubies, pearls, saffires nada, ziltch, nich, nine... nat a damned ah dem things tuh worth thief fuh. Mi birthstone is garnet and it not worff much de one lil garnet ring, muh son buy from Wal-Mart fi me, way back when... it just have sentimential value. So doan come cause me nuh stress brekking into mi apt. So den he ah wanna theif some Grantleys or Benjamins $$$$$, doan bother, cause we doan have dat either. De hubby and I wuk fuh a Bajan company, dem doan pay nuttin in U.S $$$$. so once again, doan come turn muh apt upside down looking fi wha we naah have...chupse.
But de depressing thing is, it seems like the ladrones (thieves) targeting the homes/apts of extranjeros (foreigners) them figuring that we have U.S $$$. In some cases them getting lucky, but in many cases they not, because people who have the $$$, have dem secured outside the home. What a damned shame tuh be enduring such hassles. Well, the hubby and I well prepared fi dem ah come try thief we things.
But how secure can a place be? if you remember, the last robbery I mentioned. The thieves broke the secured spider lock. If they can do that they can pretty much do anything else. The design of our apt. makes that it can be broken into quite easily eventhough we are on the top 2 floors, so we've decided that we won't do any extra ordianry steps from what we've been doing before. You see, the top part of our Apt, is nothing but glass on both sides. we lock the doors, but how difficult is it to break a glass. So we continue with life as usual and just say a pray when we leave that we'll find the Apt in one piece when we return. Oh, let me mentioned that our college, like the one before also lives in a blg with 24hr security and so do we.... but wha??? Life in Caracas.