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Watched the film Drive last night and really enjoyed it – it’s brilliantly put together and has some fantastic performances. Also, it includes this in the soundtrack:
My home was burgled over the weekend and a few thousand dollars of stuff taken.
Thankfully I have home contents insurance – but that still means there’s a lot of legwork to be done before I can get anything replaced, and even then I’ll have to negotiate it all with the insurance people… So that’s something to look forward to.
Asides from the stuff, being robbed sucks mentally. I’ve been alternating between being disappointed (why would you do this to me?) / miffed (that’s a rubbish thing to do) / and angry (if I catch you I will chop your f**king hands off) over the last few days.
During this joyful rollercoaster I’ve learnt a number of things (the hard way) which you might be able to avoid, so I thought I’d do a quick rundown of steps that can be taken to prevent all this nonsense in the first place.
Once you call the police they’ll arrange to get the property people around to take photos and perhaps dust for fingerprints. I didn’t realise I’d been robbed for a day or two because nothing was broken – no windows, no locks, no mess – boxes and things were just removed from wardrobes/cupboards that I only occasionally use. If you’ve just discovered you’ve been robbed immediately then stop and call the police to get the property people over to dust for prints ASAP. By the time I knew I’d been done over I’d touched the doorknobs and boxes to the extent that fingerprinting would be a needle in a haystack.
Once you meet up with the police they’ll give you a police report form with your incident number and things and a property form to fill out where you list all the details of what was taken to the best of your knowledge. Don’t fill it in yet, instead…
…call your insurance people to lodge a claim (please have home contents insurance!). Tell them what’s happened and they’ll send you their own form to list all the details of what was taken to the best of your knowledge.
Pick the best template (police/insurance) and fill that bad-boy in. My insurance form was electronic while the police gave me some photocopied sheets of an excel spreadsheet, so I just filled in the insurance version then recreated the police spreadsheet and copied and pasted as necessary. It took me a day to do this because the insurance people want evidence that you owned everything you claim was taken. Claiming there were 5 bricks of gold in the pantry is unlikely to go down well unless you have proof of ownership. Once you have your list of stolen items get happy with copy and paste to get the next list ready so both police and insurance people have all the details they need.
If you’re anything like me you’ll have bought a bunch of stuff through eBay or PayPal – they send you invoices. Locate them in the deepest, darkest depths of your email history and print them to PDF ready to punt across to the insurance people. If you don’t have a receipt for something, then perhaps you have a photo of it? Anything is better than nothing – if you can show that you’re not trying to play the insurance people I think the chances are good that they won’t try to play you too hard either – but we’ll have to wait and see.
I’ll update this post after my insurance person discussion w/ details on how my case worked out.
There is simply no way to stop a determined burglar from robbing your house if they’re absolutely dead-set on doing so – all the locks in the world are useless when throwing half a brick through a window grants access. So what options are there? (asides from window vibration alarms – but even then you can smash the window, grab the alarm and smash it to silence it in seconds).
Without going full-on with reporting systems I think we can just aim to prevent opportunistic / amateur theft – which to the best of my knowledge is most of it. Unless you have buckets of cash and jewels and things you’re not going to be targeted by a lithe ‘cat-burglar’, you’re just going to have someone in desperate need of money and/or hooked on drugs looking to flash-ransack your gaff while you’re off at work to pay their rent/bookie/dealer.
You could spend a fortune on your home security – have cameras uploading video 24/7, security company monitoring etc. But it won’t stop someone determined to break in. So just:
It’s all kinda common sense – but this has been a really useful kick in the backside for me that I need to keep things backed up, ensure everything which can be locked does get locked when I’m away from home, and take a little extra care about keeping things safe and secure against opportunistic scallywags.
If you disturb a burglar in your house, do you want to risk taking them on?
This is a tough one. If you just shout “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!” they’ll likely drop everything and exit as fast as they can because they don’t want to go to jail so they’ll just right-off this particular nights work.
If you try to take them down things might go badly – and if they’re on drugs and/or have a knife, would it be worth it? Without meaning to sound like a coward, I think frightening them off is a better option than taking them on because they are full-tilt desperate and you aren’t. And desperate people take desperate measures.
Saying that, after having this happen to me I’ve placed a few inconspicuous bits and pieces around the house so that should I interrupt a burglar and they become the aggressor, then there are tools at hand.
Even with this there are pros and cons, but I’m looking to find some common-sense / precautionary middle ground. There is always a risk that if you have a weapon then that weapon could be used against you, but I think it’s better to be at least somewhat/potentially prepared than completely blind-sided where it’s their knife vs your mug of luke-warm cuppa-soup. Also, I would only ever use anything beyond stern language and a standard brawl if I thought my life was in danger, so I’m thinking the tools are more to do with worst-case preparation than anything else.
That’s about it. If you read this I hope it’s before anything’s happened so you can take some steps to avoid it rather than after where you’re in my shoes going “Where did I go wrong?”.
For me I’m pretty sure it was step 1 – I didn’t change the locks straight away.
Always change the locks straight away when you move into a rental property.
Discovered the floaty/glitchy ambient of Spencer Radcliffe (aka Blithe Field) the other day – so after listening to a bunch (it makes for relaxing coding music) I picked up a few albums over on bandcamp today.
It’s pay-what-you-like, so technically you can enter 0 to get them all for free – but that’s not really in the spirit of supporting artists, is it?
Anyhoo – this is definitely one of my current favourites. Lots of nice samples, fun drums, beautiful warbling melodies – it’s got the lot: