Well I’ve been living or traveling around Mexico for many years now and we had our first mishap last night.
We have been staying with friends in Ajijiic and parking our car outside of their house for the week. Admittedly I had been offered a secure off street parking space behind gated doors for my car.
My Honda CRV has really dark factory tinted windows that makes it very hard to see inside.
I made a bad decision last night and pre-loaded the car with my suitcase in the back and a box of food stuff on the back seat and probably the worst part was put all of my cloths on hangers in plain sight in the back seat door hanger. I wanted to be ready to leave very early and not wake up out host or neighbors, bad decision on my part. I did of course make that fateful choice not to lock up the car behind locked gates.
So this morning at 5:30 am I went downstairs to load up the rest of out stuff and made the nasty discovery that sometime during the night someone smashed the rear passenger window to break-in to our car.
What really stinks for me is that my very high-end Canon Camera was inside along with many other valuable items are gone. They stole my suitcase with most of my cloths and shaving kit. You don’t fully realize the impact until many days go by and you keep wanting to put on something that is now gone, your favorite shirt or pair of shorts a metal nail file that I’ve had for over 20 years.
I want to stress that this was my fault as I know better. You wouldn’t leave your stuff in your car on the street in Portland, Oregon either. My Bad here.
I am mad at myself as much as the punks who broke into my car, had I used common sense this wouldn’t have happened.
We were there in Ajijic on a scouting trip about re-locating there possibly and we are moving there as of October 1st. This has had no real negative impact in our decision making process. Did this suck you bet big time and I’m admittedly pissed about it and I will keep a lookout for anyone wearing some of my clothing items, my shoes, Maui Jim sunglasses with purple croakies, my Todos Santos surfing tank top something your not likely to see many places and its not being made anymore either.
Moral of the story – Use your head and don’t make it easy to become a victim. I was basically advertising that I had stuff in the car with my cloths hanging there. Don’t mistake this as a common occurrence in Mexico a daily life here anymore than back in the US or Canada.