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Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

I returned home (Dietlikon) from work last wednesday at about 21.30 hrs and was shocked to see my apartment door open. It took a while for me to realise that somebody had broken in.. (shock !)

The thief had probably used a crowbar to break in.. took off with my laptop, handycam, ipod and some cash (

The police surprisingly did not lift any prints !? They gave me no hope.. infact they even said, there s probably no chance that I would get my stuff back...

Is there anything I can do, other than just wait ????
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Old 10.05.2011, 20:56
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Sorry your place was burgled do you have insurance? Although, it's not really about the items being replaced, it's more the feeling of your own personal space being invaded and some stranger rummaging around in your personal things it's a horrible feeling.
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Re: Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

I dont have any house insurance
But I hear, normal house insurance does not cover theft ?

True... I can still not come to terms with the fact that somebody just broke into my apartment.. very disturbing !

I have already made plans to move
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I returned home (Dietlikon) from work last wednesday at about 21.30 hrs and was shocked to see my apartment door open. It took a while for me to realise that somebody had broken in.. (shock !)

The thief had probably used a crowbar to break in.. took off with my laptop, handycam, ipod and some cash (

The police surprisingly did not lift any prints !? They gave me no hope.. infact they even said, there s probably no chance that I would get my stuff back...

Is there anything I can do, other than just wait ????
I am surprised that the police does not even try to do something.
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I dont have any house insurance
But I hear, normal house insurance does not cover theft ?

True... I can still not come to terms with the fact that somebody just broke into my apartment.. very disturbing !

I have already made plans to move

Goodness, normal house insurance doesn't cover theft? I must have a look at my contract!
I'd move if I were you too. Such a pity that your life has to be turned upside down just because of some scoundrel
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Goodness, normal house insurance doesn't cover theft? I must have a look at my contract!
I'd move if I were you too. Such a pity that your life has to be turned upside down just because of some scoundrel
It does cover theft, at least mine does. But there is a limit on technical stuff, so if you have a fancy camera, it's worth mentioning and insuring that additionally.

Sorry about your experience.
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Re: Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

I say find a new place and a new beginning. You will never feel safe in your apartment again. i am sorry about that. I know the police here in Switzerland are strict on parking and vehicle crimes then anything else. I guess its not a normal thing here. But Good luck to you and im sorry
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Re: Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

I got burglarized as well in Zurich, luckily when I was not at home. The housing insurance did cover what was stolen, watch, jewelry, cash...they left all the electronics since I guess they are not so easy to convert. My landlord's insurance fixed the window within 24 hours. I called the police after getting over the initial shock and realized finally that I was robbed. They did dust for prints and at the end did manage to identify the culprit but never caught him.

I chose to stay as I thought it was a total fluke and bad luck since the thief broke in during easter weekend but mainly because I still felt that the place was safe. If you don't then the best is to move.

I would also advise to get housing insurance. It is well worth it because of not only what may be taken but also potential damages that may needs to be repaired as well.

I hope you find better peace of mind in your new place.
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Old 10.05.2011, 23:41
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I dont have any house insurance
But I hear, normal house insurance does not cover theft ?

True... I can still not come to terms with the fact that somebody just broke into my apartment.. very disturbing !

I have already made plans to move
What do you imagine the point of paying for insurance is if it doesn't cover theft?? I even lost an iPod Nano on the train a couple of weeks ago and the household insurance already repaid it...
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Re: Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

We had a break-in (ground-floor flat with big windows, pretty easy target) about two years ago - same sort of stuff was taken; portable electronics, jewellery, bit of cash. The invasion of our home really was the worst part, too.

BUT the distress about your home being invaded like that really did pass. We were lucky to have some lovely police officers who had a long chat with us about just that. They emphasised the unlikelihood of the same place being broken into twice but also got that it wasn't something you can turn off by thinking about it rationally - recommended getting a few (almost symbolic) security additions to make us feel a bit safer.

After a few weeks, the uneasy feeling at home passed and I feel no less safe at home than I did before. I know it's horrible, but if you stick it out, try to rationalise things and maybe add an extra lock to help soothe you, it will get better and you'll save yourself the distress of moving.

Ultimately, it's healthier to try to get over it there - if you just move, there's no guarantee you'll feel safe in a new place, either.

All the best with whatever you go for - hope you feel at home again soon!
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I got broken into in zurich city. Horrible. And I could not even close the front door that night because they had completely smashed it in. After that I changed the furniture, painted a wall and had lots of friends over to get some nice energy back in the place. Zurich insurance were great. But it will take some time to get over. But they are unlikely to return. Good luck...
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Re: Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

Sorry to hear that you've been burgled.

Been burgled twice in my apartment - disturbed them the second time. I had not pulled the shutters down in my kitchen and that's where they got in with a crow bar - they ran out through the terrace door and it was the sound of the shutter there been lifted that alerted me to it.

First time, when I opened my apartment door it hit one of my dining chairs, which had been put there by the burglars to alert them if I disturbed them.

Police and landlord were outstanding both times and now I keep shutters down whenever I am leaving no matter how short a time - means it is depressing coming back but both Police and Landlord said that if they are determined they will get in and the shutters down mean that they will probably not go through the hassle of breaking through both.

Interestingly the Police said that the common break in time frame is 6:30pm - 9:30 pm, basically if you are going out from work for a drink or dinner then this is the "safe" time for the burglars to break in, on my second break in it was around 8pm.

Police did prints, asked if any food or drink look disturbed because they would take DNA and also checked really thoroughly for shoeprints.

They also checked that I was okay and apologised on behalf of Zurich and Switzerland that I had such an experience.

I do love my apartment and decided to stay.

BTW was told by a friend in to hollistic "stuff" that I should get some white sage branches and burn them wafting the smoke as I walk through each room to cleanse it of the bad energy.......must admit I didn't do it...
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I can't believe that you are not covered for theft! If you are not covered for that - what does the insurance cover you for?
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Re: Burglary in my apartment !! Any advice ??

have never had my home burgled, but it's always been a fear of mine. I had my car broke into back in the college days. They didn't even break a window, just used a slim jim. Everything was shuffled around and misplaced and papers were all over the floorboards. I had to digest it for a few minutes just to understand what had happened. I can only imagine the shock and horror you felt from having your home broken into.

I'm a bit remiss though. I had such a greater impression of Swiss society. I left a laptop on the bus one night and an hour later when I finally caught back up to the bus it was still there. I've just been so impressed with how "unthieving" Swiss people are, that it's hard for me to imagine anyone would want to break into a home.

It makes me want to consider getting a safe put in.
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What do you imagine the point of paying for insurance is if it doesn't cover theft?? I even lost an iPod Nano on the train a couple of weeks ago and the household insurance already repaid it...
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skrishk do you live alone? I'd be scared out of my pants... maybe you know somebody who could spend some nights with you until you've found a new place?
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skrishk do you live alone? I'd be scared out of my pants... maybe you know somebody who could spend some nights with you until you've found a new place?
I think it was a burglar and not a serial murderer When my house got broken into I was back to normal the next day. I know what you are saying though.
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What do you imagine the point of paying for insurance is if it doesn't cover theft?? I even lost an iPod Nano on the train a couple of weeks ago and the household insurance already repaid it...
Heck, I had a laptop stolen in Barcelona and that was covered by my household insurance.

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It does cover theft, at least mine does. But there is a limit on technical stuff, so if you have a fancy camera, it's worth mentioning and insuring that additionally.
As for technical stuff being not being covered, I'm a little surprised by that statement too.

I had to show some sort of proof that I had owned the laptop and they paid me when I showed them the training manual and a bill for a repair I had had done.

As for household contents insurance, we went through our entire house and priced up the contents. We then got insurance to cover Xthou CHF. I even offered to provide the insurance a copy of my inventory, but was told no need.

I guess you need to check what options you have on your insurance - if you aren't sure, then speak to an insurance broker who can fully explain it to you.
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