our house was robbed!!!

lav_leee
By lav_leee

at least four villas in our small compound were robbed early this morning... & that includes our own house. the robber took the money inside my bag (which i left outside our bedroom in the second floor where we're sleeping!) but didn't take other important things like our jewelries, tv, computer, etc. i was shaken because sometimes i will sleep in the living room or use the computer till 4 am. what if i was awake or i left the bedroom door open last night? what if my husband attended his friends' party yesterday? i couldn't imagine what else could have happened to me & my 3 year old daughter.

thank God for saving us.

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By lav_leee• 13 years 3 weeks ago.
lav_leee

hi guys! it's been a year now since our house was robbed... nobody got caught!!!

By mariam-mar• 13 years 2 months ago.
mariam-mar

God forgives but sometime, guards manage to do it coz they are less suspected...

 

 

"There's nothing we can do to change the past, if it teaches  you a lesson profit from it then, forget it."

By Arien• 13 years 2 months ago.
Arien

Hmm .. Gota be careful mates. Security guards out here are useless. My appartment has three blocks and each has one guard . The G4S , sit together in one block and chat to glory. Idiots, none cares even after many complaints

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By somwerNdmiddle• 13 years 2 months ago.
somwerNdmiddle

my post wasn't about you andrews :)

By somwerNdmiddle• 13 years 2 months ago.
somwerNdmiddle

do you realy have to joke with ths kind of situation my friend?

By Andrews• 13 years 2 months ago.
Andrews

Jellies...You're commenting on a thread exactly after one year...

" Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated"

....G.B. Shaw

By jellies• 13 years 2 months ago.
jellies

it's good that you and your family were unharmed from the incident. i would suggest that you get an anti-theft home alarm system. There are online stores that offers affordable and quality products and services. az home security

By lav_leee• 14 years 2 months ago.
lav_leee

thank you guys for all ur support!!!

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

well... whenever i have a new driver, they will always look at their ID & list them in their logbook. they can never enter d compound without me. maybe ur friend put ur name on d list of d people who can visit him.

re: hmc, maybe they r linient bcoz they know that people who r going there r sick.

By aaahmed81• 14 years 3 months ago.
aaahmed81

HMC??? i work at HMC.. the only thing most of the security gurads do all the time is sit around, chat and have coffee and tea....

Actually the Starbucks over there was robbed one night and no-one found out until they came to open up the next morning.....

HAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAH

By aver40• 14 years 3 months ago.
aver40

Hi, There is gud security cover for the HMc hospitals and buildings in the campus as mentioned ,.....so do some of the quarters provided to the staff, The outside quarters security is iffy..... depends on the individual compound /..so i guess one will be wise to take the usual precautions.....

By aaahmed81• 14 years 3 months ago.
aaahmed81

Security??  i have a friend who lives in a compound and whenever i go pick him up i just honk the horn and the security lets me in... he doesn't know me and he's never asked who i am or where i'm going... sometimes its at 2or 3 am.... thats security.....

Alot of houses are being robbed these past few months, and nothing really gets done about it, and rarely do the theives get caught....

so i guess its just gotta be doors and windows locked tight......

(maybe even a rottweiler?????????)

By JAVI• 14 years 3 months ago.
JAVI

Thank you for the information.  Would it be ok to you if I could PM you with some more of my questions about the place since so I dont take up this thread's space?

 

Thanks again.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
lav_leee

HMC means hamad medical corp. it's d biggest hospital here in qatar. they have at least 10 security guards every shift &  a patrol car (with policeman of course) standing by d front gate. they also have cameras around. if u r an outsider,  u need to present an ID if u want to enter the premises but u need to tell d security men d name of d tenant whom u want to visit. they have nice environment, with trees, pool, clubhouse, etc. not all compounds in qatar have trees u know. u'll feel safe there.

By JAVI• 14 years 3 months ago.
JAVI

Are the compounds guarded by armed security?  Do they only let authorized people in the compound?  What is HMC anyway, not familiar, or is it AMC (Army Materiel Command for APS-5) cause I will be staying in that compound once I arrive--but not photos or anything of the place anywhere.

 

Thank you for the info, just curious about the security of the place.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

my bother-in-law & his family live in al messilah compound. they have been there for 7 years now. the security in tight, the maintenance is good. it maybe one of the oldest compounds here in qatar but they are really good. most HMC senior consultants are living there.

By lamea• 14 years 3 months ago.
lamea

my feelings exactly,lavlee. they arent to blame directly but we should be careful.

just try to forget and move on. hopefully the new security measures will help prevent future breakins.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

if d thieves are construction workers/laborers, i really don't want to blame them. i may sound crazy but it's true. i mean, let's face it. they are earning 500 riyals a month. they don't have health card/insurance, they don't even have decent accomodation to sleep at night. they are working 10 hours a day. i feel sorry for them.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

d manager of the compound came last night. he gave us a letter that they will provide 2 security men at night. they will also make the walls higher, put grills on the windows downstairs & put cameras on the four corners of the compound.

i am still traumatized though. i got terrible headache since it happened & i vomitted yesterday. i dont have appetite & i didn't go to work for 2 days.

By t_coffee_or_me• 14 years 3 months ago.
t_coffee_or_me

a  length of wood from the inside on a sliding door or window is a must for every house it will not allow the window or door to be opened from the outside

By Eve• 14 years 3 months ago.
Eve

I think motion detectors are available in Qatar so if you are alone in the house and want  to hear if someone comes in that might help. Many of us use those poles in the sliding doors to keep them from being pried open. I too believe its usually the security guards as they know your schedule. My friend was robbed twice 10 years ago in the Midmac compound until she got a dog and it never happened again!!  They are afraid of dogs. 

By JAVI• 14 years 3 months ago.
JAVI

thanks buddy!

By lamea• 14 years 3 months ago.
lamea

dohasteve , i would still prefer a compound to an independent villa.

By lamea• 14 years 3 months ago.
lamea

lav lee u r right, it could have been one of the construction workers. a similar thing happened to one of my neighbours whose money was taken while he was sleeping upstairs.the thief got in thru the kitchen window and just took the money , nothing else. the next day they ordered grills for all the downstairs windows.

we also had two villas under  construction right next to our compound so it was probably one of the workers. frankly with the prices soaring at this rate i dont blame them.

By DohaSteve• 14 years 3 months ago.
DohaSteve

I don't live in a compound anymore, but when I did, the security was a joke. Lovely guys, but they spend their time washing cars overnight to make extra money. What are they earning - 800 a month? I'm pretty sure they won't risk injury by trying to apprehend anyone. Anyone in Doha ever seen a beefy security guard? Most of them are so skinny a strong gust of wind will knock them over.

 

 

Final suggestion (and this comes from 20 years experience of living all over the world) : if there is so much security in your compound and the villas still got robbed, the first people I would check out are the security guards themselves.

 

"You can't tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks"

By brandylady• 14 years 3 months ago.
brandylady

lav_leee, sorry to hear of your robbery,

I am now nervous, I live in a very small compound of 4 villas, only 2 of them are occupied and I am often the only person here all day alone.

Must admit we do have a very high wall and remote gates but I do tend to trust people, I often have the patio doors or the front door unlocked,

NOT ANY MORE!!!!

 

If you spend all your time judging people, you will have no time to love them.

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

 

Did not mean it is one of your neighbours, but it certainly sounds like they know the comings and goings of the neighbourhood. Perhaps they came to the compound to do some labour work gardening etc. and took notice of open doors and windows etc. It is easy if we are all not paying particular attention to things.

As mentioned in the Gulf Times today, people don't guard thier posessions enough and are often distracted by other things, so keep your hand on your bag and take with you when you go to bed. I always do it.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
lav_leee

one of my neighbors has two dogs & d thieves still got her purse & money.

 

al mesilla compound is an old but still nice compound with tight security. they have at least 10 security guards every shift.

 

i don't think one of my neighbors did it coz they've been robbed too! there are only 10 villas in our compound, 3 are still vacant & 4 villas were robbed.

 

there's only one housemaid in d compound but she will never do it. & im sure she is so tired taking care of two small children who sleeps with her at night (2 years old & 3 months old baby).

 

our guess is that maybe, some laborers who used to work here or the one working beside the compound (construction)

 

im not really sure abt the security guard on duty that night. i mean, he knows taht one of d villas is empty but d thieves still went inside & d guard knows that one of d villas has dogs but they still wnt in too.

 

im still afraid to go downstairs alone at night. i couldn't imagine that some strangers came in & roam around our house. my husband doesn't want to talk abt it coz he said that he's so scared of what could have happened if he left me & our daughter that night to attend a party.

By LupiN• 14 years 3 months ago.
LupiN

They are still not professional because they left something to trace them... fingerprints and the security guards must be interrogated (conspiracy maybe?).

The good thing is you are all safe and unharmed.

By wild child• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
wild child

everybody, moral of the story,get a dog..I still go to sleep with my balcony door wide open and front door unlocked...and i dont need a bell,coz of my dog..at least whnever i am inside the house, i dont need to feel scared..and whn iam out..who cares..

 

LIVE and LET LIVE

By JAVI• 14 years 3 months ago.
JAVI

The topic of this posting is "our house was robbed!!!" and I think it is relevant to inquire about Al Masilah.  Now, can somebody be generous enough to tell me any info--it seems that nobody really answers my question when it's about Al Masilah Compound.

By thexonic• 14 years 3 months ago.
thexonic

Ask ur owner to change the security gurad.

Keep a close eye on your maid (if u have one).

Try to take some martial art courses to knock them out next time.

 

IF EVERYONE WAS TO TAKE AN EYE FOR AN EYE, THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD'VE BEEN BLIND TODAY - MAHATMA GANDHI

By Gharbawy• 14 years 3 months ago.
Gharbawy

you are lucky that no body hurt in all this

 

using my detective instincts I think the one who robbed you must be from inside the campound,

 

someone who knows how to get in and out of the villas

 

may be the genators who clean the campound or one of the neighbours maids or may be even one of the neighbours family members.

 

anyway thank god that your family are safe and lock your doors well before sleeping

 

 

 

By KellysHeroes• 14 years 3 months ago.
KellysHeroes

those people do everything but security:

they assume that intruders walk/drive through the main gate only

usually they sleep or watch tv or play solitaire (if they have computers) or flirt with one of the maids

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By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

wtf are the 'security' men doing....if there is a robbery on a compound they should be sacked!!

By Eve• 14 years 3 months ago.
Eve

A relative had her house robbed years ago, laptops taken, satelite boxes, many things when the family was all asleep upstairs, it also seemed through a window. With the inflation going nuts here I suspect their will be more robberies in the past it was mainly young boys searching for liquor but given the economy that has changed. The police usually fingerprint and they catch thieves that way. Don't take a taxi when travelling as they also know your house is empty. Good luck

By lamea• 14 years 3 months ago.
lamea

the crime rate is definitely rising and it wouldnt hurt to be more careful. there should be grills on the windows and if not do what i have done, place wooden sticks or iron rods on the sliding path of the windows to prevent people from sliding them open. doors should be properly locked and an alarm system would be even better.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

tnx 4 all ur concerns. my neighbors said that maybe, the thieves knew their way around d compound. 4 villas in 1 night? they moved so fast!

By treysdad• 14 years 3 months ago.
treysdad

This has been happening to compound dwellers recently...

Maybe these robbers think those living in compounds are complacent in their "secure" gated, high-walled community that they leave doors and windows open.

Be careful everyone... hard times sometimes brings out the worse in people.

By HiQatar• 14 years 3 months ago.
HiQatar

Now where is your compound Alexa ... just let me know the area ... arent there any detectives in Doha who can track down these guys, and it looks as if its not just two cases of robbery ...

 

Nobody dies a virgin ... Life Screws you anyway !!!

By HiQatar• 14 years 3 months ago.
HiQatar

This sounds scary man ... I just took a room in a villa which is on the top floor ... I just checked the window and it CAN be opened from outside ... now I am not going to tell the area cos I am afraid of Charan ... but I think discuss this with my landlord ...

 

Nobody dies a virgin ... Life Screws you anyway !!!

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

happened a couple of weeks ago in our compound! they got in through  patio doors...stole loads of money from different villas.....not mine I will add thank god, I've got no money to steal but their welcome to a bag full of dirty nappies....

By qatarisun• 14 years 3 months ago.
qatarisun

feels better...

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By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

jackmohan2007 - Don't wake me up from my Drunken State :)

By mghozlan• 14 years 3 months ago.
mghozlan

jackmohan was talking about india i think, any way i don't think that in qatar there is such crime, as u see in the post, they took what they can take without confrontation, but what worries me, that the current econimic status might change that,,

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

charan...appologised ....I think.... 1st time...lol   

 

lav_leee.....dont know if you are lucky or unlucky

 

 

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Jack I heard that before. Quite interesting. sorry everybody I am still in party mood :(

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

qatarisun...I am talking about Mumbai, India

 

No I am not joking. I understand the thought that somebody is standing over

your head with a sledgehammer can take away your sleep.

 

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

How did they open the window?

By qatarisun• 14 years 3 months ago.
qatarisun

you kidding, right? specially about "standing near the head of the sleeping person with a heavy stick ..".. tell me you are kidding man.. otherwise I am going to pck my stuff right now and take off the next availavble aircraft..

 

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By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Alexa....bodies are oiled becasuse ...they easily slip through your grasp.

 

Even one on one you cannot hold them without a rope because of the oil ...

they just slip away.

By mghozlan• 14 years 3 months ago.
mghozlan

Sorry about the jokes, i know this must be hard time for u, and really i hope this don't happen to anyone else, the only advice is to get an alarm system, even a home automation one, this will alert u and ur family any time, even if ur out, and will ensure ur family safety,

By blueRoSe• 14 years 3 months ago.
blueRoSe

thank goodness that you and your family are safe but this is really alarming...we used to leave the house unlock though we have security in the compound but this is not wise any longer.  What is happening to Doha lately???  It's been occupied by thieves.  Yesterday an incident happened in front of Carrefour (City Center), a friend of my cousin who works there had her bag stolen.  Her 1 month salary and 2 mobile phones were in that stolen bag.

  

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 God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

there are two security guards, one in the morning & one at night. the thieves went to four villas through our windows. but only robbed three coz the fourth villa is vacant.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

i don't think of the money they took from us. i think of my security here. i never thought it would happen to me.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

the money he took is more than 50 riyals! I had $203 & QR 300-500 in my wallet & they're all gone!

this is not a joke. pls don't laugh coz it really hurts.

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
anonymous

charan come on ...her house was robbed...

 

So imagine he took even the QR50. 

 

There are a set of robbers in Mumbai called mathar pharadis of whom even the police are afraid to chase. These guys come only in their underwear with their body fully oiled. Atleast 15 of them come to rob a single house.

 They guard the entrance and exit well throughout the roberry.

 If they break into the house one  person each stands near the head of the sleeping person with a heavy stick if the guy wakes up his head is bludgned with only one stroke and no chance for him to shout.

To break in they just push a long iron  rod with a thin end through the door gap near the lock and use it like a lever to pull 

open the door the screws just come out quite easily (even if you have a 

7 lever night-latch) with hardly any sound because the door is wood.

 

After the robbery they run like you have never seen anybody run, and 

they carry a sling shot and they have a very good aim. So if anybod dares to

chase them gets rock on their forehead. 

By mghozlan• 14 years 3 months ago.
mghozlan

:D,, hehehe

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

My lawyer is free for me. I trust him and thanks for the offer. keep it for the others. I will recommend you to my opponant:)

By mghozlan• 14 years 3 months ago.
mghozlan

i'm a lawyer my self, and i love it when i hear ppl talking like that, count me on yr defense free of charge, only a representation fee,, :D

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

"they don't joke here, u might find yourself convicted by this statment, don't worry,"

I have someone called LAWYERS to protect me :)

By mghozlan• 14 years 3 months ago.
mghozlan

they don't joke here, u might find yourself convicted by this statment, don't worry, when ever ur prison visit comes,,,,,    u will not find me there, lol

By mghozlan• 14 years 3 months ago.
mghozlan

i'm just glad that, u & ur family are well, but don't let this constitute a phobia to u, still doha in the security wise is great.

By SPEED• 14 years 3 months ago.
SPEED

you saying 4 villas !! do you have security in the compound ?

 

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By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Jack _ She had only QR 50 in her wallet :(

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

I come & go when and where I want. They can not catch me :)

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

tnx for all d advices. i really appreciate it.

By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

the thing is we have security guard in the compound, our doors are locked & the wall was high. they came through the window in front & escaped through our backdoor. there are some foot & fingerprints on the wall. hope the police noticed that.

By anonymous• 14 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

That was quite daring.......how did he get in? Through the door or window?

 

Did he break the lock or open it with a duplicate key? 

 

If you have a laptop/pc its always  good to use the web-cam as a security device. There are some software that starts taking pictures or video the moment it detects motion in the room.

The free version of which is here:

http://www.yawcam.com/download.php 

 

You can also set it to raise an alarm which might panic the burgler. You can set it to send images directly to a email id so even if he dismantles your webcam the images are already sent to your email. 

By Snowstorm• 14 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
Snowstorm

Money ----too easy......

 

Lock all doors and entrances at night. be safe.....

 

especially when there are kids.. 

 

YOU DONT KNOW ME, DONT EVEN TRY !!!

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By lav_leee• 14 years 3 months ago.
lav_leee

we live in muraikh, in a small compound. the police came this morning but...

By hotfilipino4u• 14 years 3 months ago.
hotfilipino4u

Which area do you stay?  Hope the police are after those thieves!  I might be in the same area as you.  The problem in our area is that there are no security.

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