Saturday, October 4, 2008

Not a good day

Today hasn't been a great day so far; although the open house at ASFA was interesting and very informative. Safa and I parked my MINI street-side for one hour between 9 and 10am. This is a busy street, and of course it was broad daylight. When we returned this is what we saw:

While we were inside the school someone had shattered the passenger side window and stolen the GPS. Yes, I feel bad about not having taken it off the windshield and stashing it in the glove compartment, but it's not something we'd have thought of doing. I think it's probably the first time I've ever parked on the street in downtown Birmingham in my MINI, but we've done it in our other car many times, with the GPS usually in full view! Normally it wouldn't have been in my car, but I didn't know how to get to the school, and I didn't want to risk getting lost and getting there late. I called the police, who came and gave me a claim number. They said that if we can give them a serial number they might be able to find the stolen GPS. So we have to track down the serial number. Hopefully we'll find it, since Zakir registered it online. Anyway I came home and called the insurance company. Unfortunately the car damage and the theft are covered under two separate policies, our homeowner's and our auto insurance, although the company is the same. So that means two deductibles. We've already determined that the cost of the GPS is below our deductible, so no help there! Our only hope is if we can get that serial number and the slim chance that it will show up in some pawn shop and get reported as stolen property. Being realistic, I'm not too hopeful about that. As far as the car damage goes, we have decided to get an estimate before we submit a claim, to see if it's even worth our while to file one.

On top of the actual damage and monetary losses, it's so traumatic when you realize your property has been violated like that. I feel really crummy right now. I can't even imagine ever parking my car downtown again, thinking that something else could happen, although I know there will be times when I'll have to drive and park there.


Unknown said...

That's just horrible. I know the violated feeling when it comes to someone breaking into your vehicles. We shouldn't have to worry about our stuff like this but there are stupid people in this world.

Amyacl said...

So sorry this happened to you! For me, the feeling of vulnerability is usually worse than the loss of whatever gets stolen. I hope they find the GPS!

The Portas said...

The feeling of having your car, or any place that is "yours," broken into is horrible. It is such a violating feeling, knowing that some stranger was rummaging through your personal things. I hope you can at least find your GPS. What a total bummer. So sorry you are having to deal with this. :(

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