Becoming Debt Free in 2009

March 7, 2009

Crime Up Due To The Economy?

Filed under: Random — ambercouric @ 9:31 pm

The last couple of days have been a little strange around here.  I have two favorite grocery stores that I go to.  The closest I go to for emergency stuff and the other I do regular shopping.  In the last couple of days people have been robbed at both of the stores.  Both of these stores are in the upscale part of town and I have never heard of any problems.  Then another food store just down from one of the grocery stores was robbed.

Today I took my car to the car wash (I know I could do it myself and save the $$$) and someone stole all of my change and $1.  The total was probably about $7.  Not a big deal but I have been going here for years and I always leave the change.  Actually, they didn’t steal ALL of the change they left the pennies.  I know I shouldn’t have left the money in the car and it was my fault for leaving .  I guess I’m wondering if the economy is causing  people to do things they wouldn’t normally do.



  1. Oh I’m sure it does make some people resort to thing like this.

    But then five years ago, my husband had the change stolen out of his car while it was in our driveway. This was when the economy was fine, and we live in a nice neighborhood. So it can happen either way.

    Comment by cheryl — March 7, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  2. I’m waiting for this to happen…as city budgets get cut, I wonder how bad it will get. I have many not-so-fond memories of NYC pre-1993…

    Comment by moneymatekate — March 7, 2009 @ 10:54 pm

  3. I think it does. Desperate times, desperate measures. It’s unfortunate though, that I’m a lot more nervous than I used to be!

    Comment by Rina — March 8, 2009 @ 2:52 am

  4. I’m sorry, even having a few dollars stolen feels like a violation. I’ve heard to never trust valets or car washes if you leave money in the car. I do believe crime, mainly property crime, goes up in a recession. We were robbed last fall, someone smashed the window on our durango and stole several grand worth of tools 😦

    Comment by Miss M — March 8, 2009 @ 11:20 am

  5. maybe it is the economy, people might be feeling a bit more desperate. it’s a really low act to steal money out of a car at a car wash though. I’m annoyed at whoever stole all the fruit off my fruit trees over the weekend at the minute!

    Comment by Louise — March 8, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

  6. I agree with Miss M. anything taken from you is such a violation. I’m sorry that happened to you and it’s quite scary about the grocery stores. I guess the economy can definitely be a plausible factor in the increase in crime.

    Comment by Budget Mama — March 8, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

  7. How scary!

    I know in our area, unemployment and foreclosure are way higher than the national average.

    I just don’t feel safe anymore. I try to run all my errands during daylight hours and I even avoid one local grocery store because it’s the only store left in an old shopping center. Too vacant.

    We also keep our car and home locked, even if we are home or just run outside.

    Comment by calina — March 9, 2009 @ 6:43 am

  8. People are desperate. I try to be aware of what’s going on around me.

    Comment by b_in_sc — March 13, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

  9. It is quite odd that you bring this up because I had some random thoughts run through my mind about a week ago when I went to the dealership to get the oil changed in the car. My wife and I received a GPS unit for Christmas and while we don’t publicly put it out for display when not in use, we do keep it in the side door of the car in a case. When I was going through the service lane preparing to leave my car for the day, I took a brief moment to think if maybe I should take the GPS unit with me (or at least hide it a little better). I did neither and fortunately when I picked my vehicle up later that day everything was as it should be. It is just a shame though that I had to think twice about whether to leave these kind of valuables in my car. Given your article and your change thief story, I guess I may be thinking about it even more.. Hate to be a skeptic but tough economies bring tough times and people may be more prone to doing things that they have never done in the past (stealing change).

    Comment by SmartSecurityPeople — March 16, 2009 @ 12:15 pm

  10. Glad I’ve finally found sohmteing I agree with!

    Comment by Roberta — April 22, 2017 @ 3:46 am

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