Backyard theft on the rise
This year alone we had several items stolen from the backyard, and last night someone ransacked through my car. As far as I can tell nothing is missing, but they pulled stuff from compartments and left it out. It is possible that I left car unlocked, it happens when we go for weekly errands and are unloading and I walk away with full hands. But even then, we have 100ft driveway and car was parked in the back. That means someone must have come to backyard to check if car is locked.
My neighbor has recently caught someone snooping in her back trying to force way into her garage. He claimed he was looking for someone. She is a 70yrs lady and was scared, so she did not even think about arresting him.
The theft is always small stuff, but it adds up. I currently do not have security cameras, but if I install them and have security footage, what exactly can I do with it ? Its not like police is going to care and pursue petty theft.
I have made online reports of these thefts, but there was never follow-up. Local police are useless, some time ago I gave them footage from my dashcam with someone merging in front of me on highway at high speed and instantly slamming brakes without reason, as there was nobody in front of them, most likely in hope I ram in. I managed to avoid collision and brought the footage to the police but they said it would be hard to prove anything and dropped the ball. I have made the mistake of not following the driver and creating commotion with them directly. But if police did not want to pursue what could have been classified as attempted vehicular homicide with video and 2 witnesses, I do not see them pursuing a backyard theft in value of $100 even if there is a video.