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Old 08-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #29
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We were parked in the Busch Stadium parking lot. Five parking spots from the parking lot attendant who had a clear view of our coach. The police officers told us that the parking lot attendant was probably "in on it".

The saddest part was when we called a week later to get a police report and the employee said something to the affect of "let me guess...you're from out of town?" She went on to say how everyone calling for reports in the area of Busch Stadium and the Arch are people who are tourists to the city.

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Old 08-21-2015, 07:22 AM   #30
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If it's any consolation, I don't think it matters much where you park. My car was broken into on the campus of my alma mater which, the last time I checked, had an endowment larger than the GDP of about 47 of the earth's autonomous nations. It's not like I had made the mistake of parking in a sketchy area, in other words.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:33 AM   #31
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Wow, there are so many lots in the area that there isn't anything that is the official Busch stadium lot. I know the city now requires lot attendants, supposedly to minimize break ins. So sorry to hear what happened to you. I remember not too long ago they arrested a parking lot attendant who apparently was part of a group breaking into cars. Smash and grab has been a common theme for those who are either leaving items of value in view, or driving vehicles which obviously by their nature have valuable commodities in them.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:05 AM   #32
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We had the joy of a break-in passing through New Orleans in a rented class C. Took three iPads, an air book laptop, two iPhones, and my Harmon nav unit. NOPD laughed us out of the station. Haven't been back to NOLA since, and we love the city..
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NOPD laughed us out of the station.
NOPD is known for being less than helpful in the matter of any crime that doesn't involve death or rape.

Two examples from my own personal experience…
1 - in the 1990s, my Dodge Caravan was stolen. I reported it. I was told, "We have over 300 vehicle thefts per month, and don't have time to look for stolen vehicles. If the thieves use it in the commission of a crime and we catch them, or if they abandon it somewhere, you might get it back." I ended up going looking for it myself, and the next day I stole it back— at gunpoint— from the people who stole it from me. Now there is a tale for around the campfire! I told the police I recovered it, but didn't tell them how.

2 - also in the 1990s, an ex-girlfriend stole my credit cards. I didn't know she had them for about a month, until the bills came rolling in. I wasn't using the cards, so they were filed at home, and I didn't take inventory every time anyone visited. Didn't know she robbed me the day she broke up with me. Every single card was more than maxed out in a single month because the charges came in so fast. Reported the theft to the police, and they refused to even take the report. Told me, "You probably just gave them to her and then changed your mind. You'll have to sue her." Not their call to determine— without even bothering to investigate— that no crime was committed. And hard to sue someone who disappears and can't be served a subpoena. When I reported the theft to the credit card companies, first thing they asked was, "Do you have a police report?" They decided that if the police weren't treating the matter as a crime, they wouldn't either, and I was stuck with the bills. All $56,000 of them! I ended up filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy to get out of having to pay bills that were the result of stolen cards, and even then I had to pay $6,000 of the charges because one credit card company threatened to prosecute ME for fraud if I went bankrupt before making a single payment on their bill.

And one experience of a friend of mine, who was a musician in the French Quarter…
3 - his van, which he used to transport his equipment to and from gigs, was stolen in the French Quarter while he was performing. Over the next three years, the van accumulated over 300 parking tickets. He receives a letter from NOPD, telling him that if he doesn't pay his tickets, the van will be confiscated and sold at auction to pay the tickets. His exact reply, "Great! You do that. It was stolen three years ago, and you found it over 300 times since then and didn't do a damned thing to recover it." And a year later, over a hundred more tickets, same response, indicating that they never did confiscate it even after saying they would. And of course with all of those unpaid tickets, he couldn't renew his driver's license, because one condition of getting a license in Louisiana is that all unpaid tickets must be paid, right there at the DMV. With hundreds of tickets, the tickets added up to more than the van was worth. To this day he can't drive due to not having a license.

All three incidents are God's bespoke truth. Not a word of exaggeration.
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And to think that 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina almost removed it from the face of the earth.
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And to think that 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina almost removed it from the face of the earth.
Well, after Katrina I moved to Metairie, and have only been a victim of crime once, when my Interstate was burglarized. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office was on-scene to investigate within half an hour, and they took fingerprints and blood samples from a bloodstain that may have been caused by the thief cutting himself on the broken window. BIG difference from NOPD's laissez-faire attitude! After moving out of New Orleans, I refused to set foot in the city except for work, and one special exception for my WBCCI Unit's Christmas Rally. Now that I've retired, the City of New Orleans will never see me again except for passing through on I-10.
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Soon after this thread started I ordered the Pacsafe Travelsafe directly from Pacsafe in preparation for a trip starting late September. Two weeks later they have refunded my money because they "oversold" the product. Might be able to take a new order mid-October. Hopefully, I'll at least have Viper installed by then. You guys have me a bit nervous!
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Soon after this thread started I ordered the Pacsafe Travelsafe directly from Pacsafe in preparation for a trip starting late September. Two weeks later they have refunded my money because they "oversold" the product. Might be able to take a new order mid-October. Hopefully, I'll at least have Viper installed by then. You guys have me a bit nervous!
Yup, I noticed the other day that Amazon is sold out of Pacsafes and doesn't know when they will have them back in stock. That is like End Times in the retail sense, when Amazon can't get hold of something. Word of mouth must have gone viral. It's the only product of its type that I have found, and I did a lot of research.
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Yup, I noticed the other day that Amazon is sold out of Pacsafes and doesn't know when they will have them back in stock. That is like End Times in the retail sense, when Amazon can't get hold of something. Word of mouth must have gone viral. It's the only product of its type that I have found, and I did a lot of research.
Not to worry. Pacsafe may discontinue a particular product, but they still have many others that could fill your needs.
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And to think that 10 years ago, Hurricane Katrina almost removed it from the face of the earth.

Thank how bad it would of been if Katrina had actually hit NOLA instead of Mississippi.😱
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Thank how bad it would of been if Katrina had actually hit NOLA instead of Mississippi.😱
I have much to thank Katrina for…

The hurricane forced me to move to Jefferson Parish, which worked out for the best for me— not the least reason being that if I hadn't moved out of the Garden District, I'd never have bought an Airstream due to a lack of anyplace close by to store it. My Garden District apartment building had 11 parking spaces for 25 apartments (actually 12 but the dumpster took up one), first-come first-served, and everyone else had to park on the street. At my present apartment complex, there are more parking spaces than apartments, and I can park my Interstate at home.

The mass exodus of engineers from the New Orleans District of the Corps of Engineers who all went to work for private companies involved in the rebuilding effort resulted in a 15% locality supplement to the salaries of CoE engineers who stayed at the District, in order to make the CoE competitive enough to hire replacements. That supplement enabled me to retire a full seven years earlier than I would have without the locality supplement and at the same retirement pay, so I have the time to enjoy my Airstream more.
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