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Why would someone break into a basement?

Someone tried to break into our basement. Given that it's a place of extra food, cleaning agents and extra cloths I am a bit intrigued by why someone would attempt to break into a basement...
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

it might not be hence the "attack"

is your basement accessible from outside your building or did someone tailgate/like your stored food and cleaning products?
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Someone tried to break into our basement. Given that it's a place of extra food, cleaning agents and extra cloths I am a bit intrigued by why someone would attempt to break into a basement...
Maybe they were hungry, dirty and cold?
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is your basement accessible from outside your building or did someone tailgate/like your stored food and cleaning products?
No, it is inside the building. Of course that highlights the more serious issue of someone being able to get into the building (not too surprising given the door is left open sometimes...)

But there was also similar attempt to a neighbour's basement last year (don't know the details, but the same building).
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

your basement is a random wooden Swiss one or a room with a proper door?

in all seriousness report it to the admin people.

And set phasers to kill.
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your basement is a random wooden Swiss one or a room with a proper door?

in all seriousness report it to the admin people.

And set phasers to kill.
proper door

police came by already
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proper door

police came by already
then have a beer
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

It happened to my friend, they emptied his "wine cellar", the insurance paid him back for missing bottles. If I remember right, the insurance accepted his list of missing wines without any problem, no need to show proof of purchase.


And about going into the building, I always let people in, I never ask them where they are going. I open the door if someone rings, never check who s/he is. Last week it was a police, twice, they ring on my bell as I am the first one on the table. Seems like they were trying to talk with someone in hour building. When they passed my door, they thanked and go on with their business. I wanted to say, a house is not a fortress people go in and out. I like it.
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

This happened to us as well in the past. We live in an old building (1700s) with a shared entrance on a busy street. Sometimes the neighbors leave the door open in the evening, and in the past we've had people sneaking in at night for whatever reason. We've caught already twice someone, first time was a teenager who stole a trottinette from the entrance and was stupid enough to put it up for sale the same day on Anibis. Guess who came knocking on his door..


Second time was someone from neighbouring France (that is, according to my French neighbors) who was snooping around and after being confronted ran off. According to the police it is super common for opportunist thieves to have a look in buildings with unlocked doors, especially at night.
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Old 19.05.2021, 23:32
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

I think it's a lot more common than we think . Opportunists and people in need .
A few years ago in Eysins, a pretty small and fairly well-off village, we lived in a block with no secure entry but the caves and garage were locked..

I came home from the pub quite late one night and found a middle aged lady curled up asleep beside the radiator in the entry hall .. I asked her if she was ok and she got up and left.. Who knows how often she slept there or where else .. or who else came in ..
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And about going into the building, I always let people in, I never ask them where they are going. I open the door if someone rings, never check who s/he is. Last week it was a police, twice, they ring on my bell as I am the first one on the table. Seems like they were trying to talk with someone in hour building. When they passed my door, they thanked and go on with their business. I wanted to say, a house is not a fortress people go in and out. I like it.
then why doorcode and a lock at all? why not just keep it wide open?

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someone from neighbouring France
I never understood the need to say 'neighbouring'... country.

We all know France is 'neighbouring', surely it won't be (non)'neighbouring' Japan...

This being said, my cave was also broken into several months ago (a proper Swiss wooden one...). Interesting enough, nothing was even moved or looked at (even though there was tons of full and empty boxes). Several other s were also checked out, and guessing some food and cosmetics were gone. But strange that ours was left intact, apart from a broken main door which had to be replaced.

Regie and the insurance were informed; the guy came to fix several days later and I never had any idea who paid what at the end.
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

Happens all the time for obvious reasons.
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

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We all know France is 'neighbouring', surely it won't be (non)'neighbouring' Japan...
In a Geneva context it refers to parts of Ain and Haute-Savoie bordering the Canton. It doesn’t refer to places like Bourg-en-Bresse, Lyon or Evian. Along with La Côte and Genévé it makes up “Grand Geneva”
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In a Geneva context it refers to parts of Ain and Haute-Savoie bordering the Canton. It doesn’t refer to places like Bourg-en-Bresse, Lyon or Evian. Along with La Côte and Genévé it makes up “Grand Geneva”
Exactly. It refers to the parts of France that border the canton.

In Neuchâtel neighbouring France means parts of the Doubs etc around Pontarlier and Morteau. It doesn’t mean Ain and Haute-Savoie.
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

A buddy of a co-worker got his race-bike stolen from his own basement-compartment.

He reported it to insurance and got the money back.

A couple of weeks later, he saw his race-bike outside (I think a block or two away).

He fetched a pair of cutters and "stole" it back.
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Someone tried to break into our basement. Given that it's a place of extra food, cleaning agents and extra cloths I am a bit intrigued by why someone would attempt to break into a basement...
Do you think that the person breaking in knew that it had nothing of value in it?

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A buddy of a co-worker got his race-bike stolen from his own basement-compartment.

He reported it to insurance and got the money back.

A couple of weeks later, he saw his race-bike outside (I think a block or two away).

He fetched a pair of cutters and "stole" it back.
Yeah it's very likely that the person who stole it saw the bike go in and out of the building and decided to take it. However, the stupidity of doing that when you live two blocks away knows no bounds.

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then why doorcode and a lock at all? why not just keep it wide open?
I am asking this myself, I guess people enjoy locking themselves in? Fetishes? Who am I to judge how other people live.
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

A lot of people keep things like wine or power tools in their cellar.

Mine was broken into some years ago. They totally ransacked everything but took nothing as far as I could tell.

A neighbour had an e-bike stolen from his cellar.
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It happened to my friend, they emptied his "wine cellar",

And about going into the building, I always let people in, I never ask them where they are going. I open the door if someone rings, never check who s/he is.
Does one live in the same building as one's friend?
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Re: Why would someone break into a basement?

Caus there ain't no package in the mail box.
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