I was about to park my car to buy a pair of tires in S & R Macapagal (Aseana Business Park) last night when I chanced upon this angry scene.
A group found out too late that their brand new Montero SUV had been broken in, its glass windows smashed. In a relatively well-lit parking lot with security guards. Losses included a brand new Acer laptop and money in six figures.
The victim (not in picture) was mainly mourning the loss of his laptop, placed in a knapsack, which contained important work records. We learned he’s a vice president of Volvo cars based in Singapore.
It seems only a few weeks ago when we wrote here the rash of laptop robberies in vehicles. This is the reason why I’d never venture out of the house these days with the Mac, even for the sole reason of “looking good while using wi-fi in a tony coffeeshop.” The prevailing moral lesson is that you should never leave your laptop and other gadgets in your car, even if you just have to pee for five minutes, or less.
SUVs and other luxury vehicles seem to be the preferred targets. The newer the car, the better.
While it is easy for victims to scream “inside jobs,” I doubt if people inside are so brazen as to sh*t in their own backyard. There seems to be a pattern as to the kind of places being targetted by the criminals. And it appears that they’ve mastered the art of doing their job as noiselessly as possible, even with guards around.
Another tip that the police gave in last night’s incident was to take note of the plate numbers of the cars beside you, on all sides, most notably the right and the left. It seems the parking lot thieves, who reportedly hire ‘rent a cars’ park beside their intended targets to cover up what they’re doing.
Anyway, that’s again another senseless statistic in the metro. We’ve been warned 🙁
Oh shucks, I better be extra careful with my laptop. By the way, who’s the guy in the picture?
He’s the relative of the victim. They were together.
Mr Z says
Am a little confused here..why exactly do you leave cash like that laying around? Actually, am fairly sure it was in the bag, but still…
This gives me a few ideas. More later.
never ever leave valuables inside your car, even if tinted. any bag and items left there are potential loot for robbers. put them inside the trunk so as not to be visible. some guys get away with it even at a popular mall in the metro
btw, my blog’s ok from bayantel. probaly your connection. not too many scripts there plus unlimited bandwidth from blogger ;P
Jasper Jugan says
that is scary. i should be extra careful myself from now on
Caramoan : says
acer laptops are some of the best brands of laptops that you can buy”,-