The night before last we had a burglary across the street and another next-door. In both instances the property owner was the same. His own property had an attempt made upon it and across the street his two duplexes were entered while the renters were sleeping.
We spoke with one of the victims while our neighbor was giving us the low down.
Laptops and cash were taken on the run as not this guy but someone else in the two bedroom luxury apartment woke up while the burglary was in progress.
Our neighbor further reported Pirata, our neighborhood dog (he is actually the dog’s owner), was poisoned prior to the invasion. Apparently the robbers came an hour or so earlier, poisoned the dog; then waited until the ill effects had taken hold before returning.
Of course the news of our favorite noisy hound startled us and caused our hearts to drop. The neighbor immediately chimed in that Pirata was going to be OK as he noticed her condition during the initial commotion and immediately took her to the vet. Lumps out of our throats, we asked for robbery details.
Upon hearing his downstairs door rattling, this past his locked gate and no dog barking he got up and out with a flashlight. The potential intruders ran off. Thinking it was all over he went back to bed.
About a half hour later one of the renters was at his gate yelling for him, letting him know there had been a home invasion in their rental.
I asked how the thieves entered the property. The renters had not locked their door before going to bed. A MAJOR no-no. We were surprised that foreigners in a strange land would leave their door unlocked – very surprised. And I am sure this fellow felt stupid. Not sure if they were Canadian or U.S. Americans.
The landlord assured us that he always alerted renters to lock their doors. Sadly these folks did not heed the advice.
In our own situation we are sometimes lax about locked doors – however we always lock the downstairs up before retiring. We have deadbolts on a couple of main entry points. These usually are only set locked when we leave for the summer – of course now we will start engaging the double dead bolts at night and when we leave.
There were no signs of anyone being on our property. I had tools out for my continuing walking blocks project as well as our expensive Jamis bicycles and some gardening tools – also the bodega was unlocked – obviously I did not have things battened down securely – but again no sign of anything missing or of having been disturbed.
Perhaps if the neighbors hadn’t caught the action and caused the thieves to flee, we might have been next? If you are planning to rob go to the biggest and nicest homes first (that will always get us low on the hit list). For whatever reason we have avoided having any of our houses robbed in the ten years we have been in Mexico.
Last night we were locked down. Since EVERYONE in the neighborhood has been robbed save us, it is time to step up security. Paradise has not actually been lost, but the sunny pleasantry of it all has been a bit tarnished – hide the silver!
#### Adding this after posting two hours ago. The neighbor found his cat dead yesterday and reported that to us and he also discovered a dead possum in the field next to us. An hour ago 3 dead possums appeared in our yard – all within feet of one another. Apparently the crooks have managed to kill a good deal of the local wild life and a pet in the Hood. These are some heartless and reckless people.