|RE: Possible cohousing financial crime spree||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Eris Weaver (eriswsonic.net)|
|Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 10:15:46 -0800 (PST)|
> (Personal observation: I am mystified as to why they would > target cohousing communities. If I wanted to operate > financial scams, cohousing is the LAST place I would go. Too > many smart, informed residents, and they all talk to each > other. And we are friendly, outgoing, trusting, and talk to people. We put all kinds of information about ourselves in public places, including bios with our kids names and pictures on our websites. I realize I have a criminal mind; if I wanted an easy mark for all sorts of things, cohousing would be it! It would be very easy for someone to walk into our common house, make off with the recycle bin that is in the mail area, and find lots of identifying info. Plus, some of our members leave their mailbox keys in their slots! So it would be VERY easy for someone to make off with fodder for identity theft. There is info on bulletin boards about who is on vacation, and when we will have big events in the common house (meaning unoccupied apartments). We've had break-ins, stolen cars & bicycles, and petty theft. Some people still leave their doors unlocked or don't properly lock the gates and sheds. Some of our members are still hesitant to confront strangers walking through the property. The police say we're known as an easy mark for theft because we leave too much stuff unsecured. Just the other day I saw somebody walking around the property in a hard hat and reflective vest with a clipboard. I was on my way out so I didn't talk to him; mentioned it to my friend who said,"oh, must be doing some work." Well, I also happen to own a similar hard hat and vest, now wouldn't that be a great costume for casing a place? ******************************************* Eris Weaver erisw [at] sonic.net FrogSong Cotati, CA "The cure for anything is saltwater - sweat, tears, or the sea." - Isak Dinesen
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