Someone tried to steal my 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup truck from the parking lot of the soon to be fashionable Tierre Pointe apartments on Los Volcanes Road. While it was being repaired I rode my bicycle or used a semi tractor.
A couple Fridays ago as I was finding my way to my credit union, which is across the expressway from where I live, I found my way to the biking/pedestrian/jogging overpass on I-40 just east of Coors. As I crossed it and glanced out over the city and the very grand Rio Grande Valley, I realized that while after 15 years I generally still appreciate New Mexico's spectacular scenery, when I cruise around Albuquerque in a motor vehicle, its majestic setting fades into a background filled with aggressive drivers, time constraints, perpetual worries -- my personal reality. So I turned around and went back and snapped a couple pictures with my cell phone camera.
|Albuquerque from a mountain bike|
|Los Volcanes viewed through public art from more inspired times|
The would be thieves had pried out the door handle and removed the cowling around the steering column, but apparently had been unable to get the truck to run because of an anti theft device that came with it from the factory.
It had happened October 26, and Allstate had had it towed to Reliable Chevrolet across from the Cottonwood Mall, which has a body shop, and they were almost a month getting it fixed. I finally started calling my agent and Allstate and I got the truck back last Friday, November 20.
When I saw that the final tally was $1,900 and something, almost twice the estimate, I questioned the woman at the desk. She got the adjuster to come out and he explained that the service department had had the pickup most of that time. There was damage to the steering column. A feature that prevents the vehicle from running unless a key is inserted into the lock had had to be replaced.
I bought the truck used so knew not of that feature. The ignition lock was sloppy when I bought it an I'd had to lube it up good with graphite to get it to work right, and the shift lever for the automatic transmission was sloppy, too. Both are tight and like new now. I'm happy about that, but I'm out the $500 deductible, of course, and my insurance rates will probably edge upward. The extended amount of time Reliable had it seems a little more reasonable now.
I'm thinking about getting some kind of anti theft device. The cop watch web sites tell about 360 degree video cameras, and cameras you can monitor on your home computer or even on your cell phone. I assume there are systems that record the video, maybe upload it somewhere, maybe a web site where you must pay a subscription fee.
Carlos, who unloads me in the morning and who grew up here, says I should just get a loud burglar alarm.
If you've ever noticed, when people install barbed wire along the top of a chain link fence (now it's usually the more deadly razor wire) that top segment of barbed or razor wire is usually angled either inward or outward. If it's angled out, it's to keep thieves out. If it's angled in, it's to keep them in. Trapped. They want to know who did this to them and to punish them, rather than prevent the crime in the first place.
Carlos grew up in New Mexico, which I see as more of a barbed wire out kind of place. You protect your own interests and don't worry about your neighbor, to put it broadly. That way of seeing the world is always under challenge and the kind of place New Mexico is is always being contested. It might be changing to a barbed wire in kind of place, but maybe not.
A murder trial took place last week for the kid who murdered the son of the guy who helps me out with my business. The jury let the kid off. Not guilty. Not enough evidence. The prosecutor had warned my friend and his wife about "New Mexico juries" and had gotten their OK to offer a plea deal, but the kid had refused it, and his lawyers had gotten the judge, a New Mexico judge, to rule a lot of the evidence inadmissible, the way it was told it to me.
New Mexico Republicans are making hay over the way defendants are treated in New Mexico, and I see where the Democratic state attorney general is now urging that more money be spent on crime. Meanwhile the Republican governor is trying to boost her career by demagogging peoples' fear of terrorism that takes place on the other side of the world.
As for me, I think I'll go with what Carlos says and hope for the best.