In May through July of this year, I had to telephone the Police in Dickinson about seven times due to the theft or attempted theft of my property, or other people’s property in downtown Dickinson where I live.
What my neighbors noticed in June, was that people would walk beside our vehicles with their phone held out in front of them or beside them, taking pictures of what was inside our vehicles.
In late June, one of my neighbors got in his vehicle, and he tried to follow and take a photo of one of the people who was doing this, but he tried to turn away, and get away in order to not be photographed. This particular person was arrested out on the street about three hours later for several different charges unrelated to the photographing of property inside people’s vehicles.
Since then, I have caught two other people photographing what was in the back of my truck or inside of my vehicle. In July, one of these people was a young, plump, red haired girl that was about 14 years old that was out walking her small dog. I was across the street sitting in my truck talking on the phone one evening, watching this girl walk around the corner and walk down the sidewalk, then she stopped at the back corner of my other vehicle, took her phone out, and began videoing what was inside this vehicle of mine.
I had to stop my phone call, quietly get out of my truck, crouch down below the roof of my other vehicle across the street, sneak over there, and when I stood up at the front corner of my vehicle, the very first thing that she did was try to hide her phone. I was not mean to her, I explained to her that I had had my property stolen from my vehicle recently, why was she videoing what was in my vehicle?
I waited for her to walk away and around the corner, then I drove down a parallel street, until I could see what house it was that she returned to. Was she spotting things to steal for an older brother, or do people pay kids to locate things to steal?
The second person that I caught videoing what was in my truck, was in late August. Me and my neighbor were working on his car on one side of the street, and I looked over to see a skinny man about 27 years old, walking on the other side of the street where there is no sidewalk, walking in the street, passing just an inch beside each vehicle, with his phone held out in front of him, pointing inside of these vehicles.
No, he was not on his phone having a conversation. No, he was not out getting some exercise. I waited for him to get to the next corner, where he made a right turn to head east. I got in my truck, and I followed him, staying about a block away. At the very next corner he made a right turn, to head south. When he got to the next corner, he saw me, and he stopped.
It appeared that he lived about one block away, whether it was the shitty house on the corner, or the apartment building across the street, I don’t know. But he saw me, and he knew, that I knew what he was doing.
For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, people leave things in their vehicle: phone, phone charger, music CDs, wallet, purse, laptop computer, camera, radar detector, tools, etcetera. Rather than stand there for a minute looking through a car window at the dashboard, front seat, back seat, back window, and trying to determine what is there, what kind of stereo is there, what is it worth, is there a car alarm, the thief can just walk by with his phone and video everything in one pass. He can look at the video later to see what is inside each vehicle.
It appears, that if the people who are doing this are spotted and followed, especially if they are followed all the way back to where they live, and they realize that they have been followed, they temporarily give up their theft plans for that route where they were caught.