Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chalked or Stalked?

A break from my road trip to rant about something in real life...

While we were on the road trip, Handy got 72-hour parking notices on two of the cars. One of them might have been sitting there that long, but the other was driven the day before.  Who the hell cares?  They're in front of our own house.  If they were sitting on blocks for months gathering leaves and cobwebs, that would be another story.

The week we got back, we found the tires drastically chalked three days in a row.  Not a neat little dab on the tread like the meter maids do, but a fierce heavy slash of chalk starting on the rim, down the tire, and out 6 inches into the street.  WTF?  On the first day, two cars around the corner were also chalked, but the subsequent days it was only us.  Fed up on the 3rd day, Handy went to the police department to complain.

Guess what?  They don't even chalk tires!  They only go out if someone complains.  And they care so little about parking violations that they won't waste an officer's time on them; they send the secretaries out to do it.  So some asshole has taken it upon him or herself to become the neighborhood parking patrol.  The police came out and checked around and no one on our block cares.   The officer didn't know who made the complaint in the first place, but of course they wouldn't tell us even if they did know.

A relative witnessed a man crouching by one of the tires earlier in the week.

The fourth morning, Saturday, there was no chalk but there was a spray of oily liquid on the windshields.

Nothing happened Sunday, but we saw a man slowly walking through the neighborhood TAKING NOTES!

Hmmmm.  So Handy did a little stakeout the past two mornings.  Someone took a walk at 5:30 but didn't act suspiciously.  No chalkings, fortunately.

What the hell is going on?  Does someone have a vendetta against us?  We don't bother anyone.  We don't even complain about the messy neighbor.  (Someone else did, because the same week as our chalking he was forced to have a bunch of his junk hauled away.  Handy told him, "I swear it wasn't us who complained!")

We've switched around our parking arrangements a bit to make it clearly obvious to this jerk that the cars are moving on a regular basis.

But I'd like to get to the bottom of this.  I'm seriously thinking of getting a surveillance system.  Anyone have an old nanny cam lying around?


Gary's third pottery blog said...

SLEEP in your car with a camera, ready for gotcha?

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

CREEEEPY! I wonder if you're being cased for a burglary?

A quick Google tells me that there are fairly inexpensive outdoor surveillance cameras available. Can one or more be hooked up to point at the street and record to your hard drive or similar? What about motion sensor lights? Hmmm.

Cha Cha said...

OMG, that is so dumb / creepy. What is wrong with people?

I hope all this crazy stops soon. If it were up to me, you could park wherever you wanted and for however long you wanted. I'm sorry this is an issue.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I would be creeped out... and mad. Jenn at Juggling Life had a problem with a neighborhood prowler who was targeting cars -- specifically theirs. She might be a good resource for security camera information.