Re: House burglary in cohousing?
From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2009 17:12:10 -0800 (PST)

On Feb 7, 2009, at 4:45 PM, Rob Sandelin wrote:

Has anyone in any cohousing group anywhere ever experienced a house
burglary?

We had a young boy go into a home and take a camera and some other things while the residents were taking naps. He was local boy about 10 or 11 whose mother was training him to be a thief. He once tried to take a tricycle, riding it down the sidewalk in plain sight one morning. The resident who saw him asked him where he was going . He said, "Oh, I'm just out riding." The resident said I don't think so. The tricycle was for a 3-4 year old. He had done similar things in shops, public buildings, etc. For his own good, if nothing else, he was remanded to custody.

Someone crawled through an unlocked window at night when the residents were away on vacation and stole a brand-new Macintosh, less than a month old. The residents hadn't worried about that window because it was over a basement entrance, maybe an 8 ft drop. We know there had to be two burglars for one to lean from the guardrail over to the window and open it, the other holding the feet or whatever. Once inside, he or she closed the window and went out the front door.

We had a couple about 19-20 who were probably given the code to the CH years ago by one of our then teenagers and were coming in at night to have sex and watch TV. Everyone who saw them thought they were someone else's guests -- not having sex -- that we discovered later. If they came in when someone was there they would go to the elevator. We thought they were going upstairs to someone's apartment but they were going to the basement. Finally they were seen too often by the same person and the police were called.

No charges were pressed but there was great debate about it. If we didn't prosecute they would continue their life of crime. But on the other had caused us no harm. We should have been more diligent in changing our codes. I grew up in a Baptist church where the tempter is as guilty as the tempted.

This is an urban community and I think there is certainly as much crime in the areas around us as we have had. This is a report on 8 years. We may have less crime than we would otherwise. Hard to tell.


Sharon
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Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing,Washington DC
http://www.takomavillage.org




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