We Were Broken Into...glad I Took Advise!

Business By loriemoms Updated 30 Nov 2010 , 3:42pm by 4realLaLa

loriemoms Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 2:38pm
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Everyone and I mean EVERYONE told me when I moved into my store front to make sure I had a good security system.
Not only for breakins but for employee theft, etc. They said I WILL get broken into, and it will just be a
matter of time.

Well, last night we were broken into.

What I had done with my shop is put in three security cameras, hooked to a DVR, with infrared.
Really, not that expensive! about a 1700 dollar investment, with monitoring from remote
locations and with my alarm company. And an alarm system with motion (I can turn off the motion
if I am working here late at night) and a alarm that sounds inside if someone breaks in. (which is also monitored
by our alarm company)
Everyone told me to leave my register unlocked and leave a small
amount of money in there. (incase one of my employees need to open and I am not here yet) I dont have any other money,
not even in a safe, in my shop. All other money comes home with me at night, including a backup of my quickbook files,
my customer listing and my PST file of my emails. (takes about two minutes to back it with a batch file I have on my
desktop to a memory stick)

In the film we have, we could see he went right to the register, and got the small amount in there, and was
looking frantically for a safe or something. He knew he didnt have much time as the alarm is ringing and
according to the police they responded about a few minutes after he had left. (the camera got the exact time)
Unfortantly, he was wearing a mask, but the cop got the kind of sneakers and jacket he was wearing.
There were a bunch of break ins last night with the same kind of breakage, so they are hoping they can
match everything up. (he was wearing gloves as well)

Anyway, our biggest expense is fixing the lock. (I doubt our deductable wih insurance will pay
I really feel if the alarm wasnt ringing, he would have stollen my laptop that was sitting right there,
in a suitecase, all ready for him. All I could think about the 8 wedding cakes in my walkin! (all safe)
He didnt touch my camera, my computer or anything else. He wanted cash and to run. I am just so glad
I didnt have all my cash here! And was really glad I wasnt working late last night!

I know a lot of people dont think about security, and monitoring, but I am SO glad I was warned that I WILL
be broken into, not MAYBE broken into. And backup everything! If he has stollen my computer, I would be in BIG
crap if I didnt have this backup! (a 30 dollar investment in a memory stick!)

27 replies
cakegrandma Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 2:57pm
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I'm sorry to hear that you were broken into. At least he only got the money and left everything else that was portable alone, but that was bad enough. I know that today's economy is getting worse, however, there are still those that would rather not work for what they want. I'm glad your alarm worked well for you.
evelyn

loriemoms Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 3:27pm
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I'm sorry to hear that you were broken into. At least he only got the money and left everything else that was portable alone, but that was bad enough. I know that today's economy is getting worse, however, there are still those that would rather not work for what they want. I'm glad your alarm worked well for you.
evelyn




I don't get people who do this..the cop told me that they consider it a victory even if they only get a stick of gum. So its more then just money it sounds like. The guy two doors down from me was also broken into, the second time in 6 months. And we aren't even in a high crime area!

Texas_Rose Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 3:28pm
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The reason they say to leave the register open is that if the thief can't get the register open, sometimes they'll steal the entire register which is always more expensive to replace than the money in it.

You should be careful leaving with a lot of cash too. If anyone noticed that you always stop at the bank after work (if you do, to use the night drop), it wouldn't be hard for them to be waiting for you in the parking lot when you close up for the day, and rob you out there where your security system won't help you, and your cameras can't see. It would be better to go to the bank at a random time during the day...tell your employees you're going to run an errand and will be back in a couple minutes.

cabecakes Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 3:30pm
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So sorry this happened to you, but also so glad it didn't turn out worse. Thank goodness. Try not to let it shake your faith in humanity, there are still honest hard-working people out there to. I know it can be very enraging to have things you have worked so hard for stolen from you. Keep you chin up, and I hope they catch the guy that did this to you.

indydebi Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 6:35pm
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as bad as it could have been, I'm glad the damage was minimal for you. How is your family taking it? My hubby would be "forbidding" me to work late (married 22 years and he still tries to 'forbid' me to do stuff! icon_lol.gif He is SO funny sometimes! icon_lol.gif ) out of fear of "the next time".

I am grateful you shared the story as a wonderful lesson that yes it CAN happen! Some may recall the article I did on insurance in which I also discussed having a full and current inventory list of equipment .... something a fellow CC'er learned the hard way.

P.S. I did chuckle because I SO understand you worrying about your cakes! A dude is breaking into our shop, stealing our money, and we're worrying about the cakes! We are a unique and crazy bunch, huh!?

loriemoms Posted 23 Oct 2010 , 8:02pm
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Hey Deb, my DH is ok so far...he always HATED me working by myself late at night and I am sure now he will worry more. What is really funny though is the guy two doors down from me who was also broken into (he owns a pizza place) and he knows I work late and the first thing he thought of was if I was ok. He told my DH to make sure I have his cell phone number next to my phone!

I would have died if someone had touched my babies! hahaha!

-K8memphis Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 12:42am
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I'm so sorry that happened and so glad you are safe and were so smart on the front end. (((big hug)))

littlecake Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 5:34am
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i've been broken into 3 times in 8 years....i think i was more upset when they stole my cameras...cause i had a lot of pics on the memory stick that i hadn't downloaded yet.

yeah we love our cakes huh?...one time i fell on the ice carrying a cake out...the first thing my former partner said after i told her i fell..."was the cake ok?"...ha ha ha...not...are you ok?....but i woulda asked the same thing...and by the way it was...protected it like it was a newborn baby.

indydebi Posted 24 Oct 2010 , 5:58am
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littlecake, I fell once with a big sheet cake. Peyton Manning would have been proud of the way I fell, rolled over, landed on my back ... with my cake held high in the air for the undamaged touchdown!!! (ruined a pair of pantyhose, though!) icon_lol.gif

Erdica Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 6:05pm
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How horrible. Glad you (and the Frosting Babies) are ok. It's so sad people have to stoop to the level of breaking in.

newcakester Posted 25 Oct 2010 , 9:16pm
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I have to agree with Texas_Rose. I was a police officer in a former life and like it or not, would tell people if you have a safe or cash register that can be picked up by a single person, leave it unlocked. If you lock it, they will just pick it up and carry it off to be opened later when they have more time.
Smash and grab is what they are after. The quicker they are in and out the safer you and your stuff is.
Same thing for leaving items in your vehicle. If you leave it out where it can be seen through the window just leave the door unlocked so you don't have to pay to have the window replaced when they break it.
Glad you were not there to be harmed.

loriemoms Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 2:43pm
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I think that is what kept us from too much damage. Register was left open for him to just take the little bit of cash in there, and the alarm was blaring away, so he knew he had to get out FAST.

Turns out this guy had a stealing spree on Friday/Saturday night. Two detectives came by yesterday to get copies of the tape we had of him, and said four shopping centers were hit in our area, same type of break in, just cash taken from registers.

What really pisses me off about these kinds of thieves is he only hit the little shops, not the chains. (guess he figured we wouldn't have good security?) There wasn't enough taken for us to file a claim with our insurance, and we are out the money, plus the price of getting a locksmith out here on a Saturday to fix the lock (we actually replaced the whole thing with a better lock) . it is hard enough to survive in this economy, why don't these guys just hit the CVS's and the Walmarts and the McDonalds and leave us little guys alone?

At least I am glad I had a tape of it all, the detectives can even tell what brand of jeans and shoes he was wearing. They said that helps a lot (don't know why, I guess they have their ways)

BTW, they also suggest that the safe be in a visible place. I guess it also prevents damage to where you have it hidden. I dont even lock my walk in, as they might think there is money in there and break the lock (my cakes are more valuable then anything else! haha!)

It was kind of spooky working here by myself last night...I had every single light on I could find! haha!

MissBlu Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 4:02pm
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OMG, glad you and your cakes are safe and sound. I got nervous just reading the post. I would have been a nervous wreck to work late. The cameras and alarm are definitely worth the investment. Thanks for sharing.

loriemoms Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 10:31pm
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OMG, glad you and your cakes are safe and sound. I got nervous just reading the post. I would have been a nervous wreck to work late. The cameras and alarm are definitely worth the investment. Thanks for sharing.




One of the things I highly recommend for an alarm system is an option to turn on the alarm with the inside sensors disabled. This way you can have the doors armed and still be able to walk around. This way, if someone breaks in while I am working, the police will be still be called...hopefully before I am murdered! (hahaha!)

CNCS Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 10:42pm
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You can always get a police escort to the bank. They offer it to all businesses here.

3GCakes Posted 26 Oct 2010 , 11:01pm
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What a nightmare! Glad everyone is ok!

My aunt walked in on a burglar in her home on her lunch break about two weeks ago!! They get more bold, more brazen, and stupider with each passing moment. Thank God she scared them out the back as she came in the front! So many burglaries happening right in broad daylight, too.

Feeling safer, anyone?

Texas_Rose Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 1:25am
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I had someone try to get into my house earlier this year...right after we moved in. They were going around the house trying all the windows and pulling up doormats and flowerpots looking for a spare key. My husband was at work and I was home alone with the kids. I called the sheriff's department, but they take 20 minutes to respond. I got out my gun, loaded it, and waited around the corner from the front door in case they got in before the police came. They didn't...when the cops showed up, one of the people was still out there and gave some story about it being her cousin's house. (We had the house built this year, it was never her cousin's house). The other person was gone. The police took the girl away. About an hour later, my neighbor's dog kept barking, so I looked out, and the guy was in my backyard. I called the police again, and after another 20 minutes they came and got him too. Considering the response time, I'm really glad I have a gun.

loriemoms Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 12:36pm
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

I had someone try to get into my house earlier this year...right after we moved in. They were going around the house trying all the windows and pulling up doormats and flowerpots looking for a spare key. My husband was at work and I was home alone with the kids. I called the sheriff's department, but they take 20 minutes to respond. I got out my gun, loaded it, and waited around the corner from the front door in case they got in before the police came. They didn't...when the cops showed up, one of the people was still out there and gave some story about it being her cousin's house. (We had the house built this year, it was never her cousin's house). The other person was gone. The police took the girl away. About an hour later, my neighbor's dog kept barking, so I looked out, and the guy was in my backyard. I called the police again, and after another 20 minutes they came and got him too. Considering the response time, I'm really glad I have a gun.




Man that is scary! I am also not impressed with our response time...and the thieves know it!

I am afraid of guns, but we have a cricket bat behind the counter. (if you have never seen one, google it. It has a nice balance and can do a lot more harm then a baseball bat!)

CakeDiva101 Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 1:15pm
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It is terrible that this happened. I'm just glad the damage was minimal. Thank you for posting this. As I intend to get a store next year, I may not have considered a security system. After this post, it will be on the top of my list right next to the oven!

Texas_Rose Posted 27 Oct 2010 , 2:02pm
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The only thing about a bat is that you have to be strong enough to hold onto it. If you swung at someone and they caught hold of it, would they be able to grab it from you? It looks like it has less of a knob on the end than a baseball bat, so it might be even more difficult to hold onto if a strong man was trying to take it from you.

I used to be afraid of guns too. Before I got my house, someone tried to break into my apartment with a pry bar. They broke the door frame but then they left...I guess something outside scared them off. It was early in the morning, when I was getting my daughter ready for school and my husband was still at work. Then a few months later someone broke in while we weren't home. After that I got the gun and learned how to use it.

Annabakescakes Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 7:01pm
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

I had someone try to get into my house earlier this year...right after we moved in. They were going around the house trying all the windows and pulling up doormats and flowerpots looking for a spare key. My husband was at work and I was home alone with the kids. I called the sheriff's department, but they take 20 minutes to respond. I got out my gun, loaded it, and waited around the corner from the front door in case they got in before the police came. They didn't...when the cops showed up, one of the people was still out there and gave some story about it being her cousin's house. (We had the house built this year, it was never her cousin's house). The other person was gone. The police took the girl away. About an hour later, my neighbor's dog kept barking, so I looked out, and the guy was in my backyard. I called the police again, and after another 20 minutes they came and got him too. Considering the response time, I'm really glad I have a gun.




I know that this is a dated saying, but, YOU GO GIRL!!! As soon as I can afford it, I'm going to get a decent gun. I had a cheap one once and it wasn't worth it. It took two fingers to pull the trigger back and had a lot of kick. I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it. I'm pretty good with a decent gun though, and not afraid to use it!

I am so glad you all are okay. There are so many evil people out there. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket, FAST! icon_evil.gifthumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gifthumbsdown.gif

indydebi Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 7:58pm
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texas, you want the police to show up faster? When you call in, you tell them, "Be sure to tell the responding officers that the homeowner is armed and prepared to exercise her Second Amendment Rights, and if they dont' get here soon, they should go ahead and call the coroner's office because I will shoot the son of a b*tch the second he touches my doorknob or window sill!"

They will be there in 2 minutes, I promise! icon_biggrin.gif

I had a girlfriend, who had a former husband's family member who was harassing her. Family member showed up at her job with a couple of friends. Girlfriend called her current husband who called the police and said, "I'm leaving to go there right now. You BETTER get there before me. I am armed and will stop them from harassing my wife one way or the other!"

Oh yeah....police were waiting when he arrived and they only lived about 7 minutes from the office!

Texas_Rose Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 8:53pm
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Indy, I live at the very edge of the county. They're not dragging tail to get here, they only have a certain number of cars and a lot of county to patrol. I did tell them I was armed when I called, both times. I also put the gun in a kitchen drawer before I answered the door to the police.

My husband has a different job now, so he's home nights...not because of safety issues, but because he got laid off of his night job and couldn't find another. It's nice to have him home but we had to work out a safety plan after the first time we both heard a loud noise in the night, got up, got our guns and went to see what the noise was!

indydebi Posted 19 Nov 2010 , 9:03pm
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

Indy, I live at the very edge of the county. They're not dragging tail to get here, they only have a certain number of cars and a lot of county to patrol.


Oh, I understand a situation like that! I just thought, by reading your story, that it was a "ok, we'll get there eventually" thing!

johnson6ofus Posted 21 Nov 2010 , 12:31am
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And I LOVE the Texas "castle law"...... and I have signs in front of my home warning that I will apply it. Here, yes, you can shoot ANY intruder on your property. Unfortunately, it only gets publicized when a dumb 15 year old who mom swears is a "good kid" (usually with multiple previous legal problems) gets killed. So sad, but a heck of a lot less break ins.....

heavenlys Posted 21 Nov 2010 , 12:51am
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sorry this happened to you. We have an alarm system monitored by the alarm company and I have a stun gun icon_lol.gif

4realLaLa Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 3:42pm
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littlecake, I fell once with a big sheet cake. Peyton Manning would have been proud of the way I fell, rolled over, landed on my back ... with my cake held high in the air for the undamaged touchdown!!! (ruined a pair of pantyhose, though!) icon_lol.gif




TOO FUNNY!

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