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And you expect me sleep after hearing that?!?!?! (vent) ***updated***

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Back story... My husband is military and we are currently stationed in Italy... Love it here to visit, not to live... There are this group of people called "gypsies" that break into houses and steal stuff, not come in and harm you, but come in for $$$ and items they can sell for $$$...

So my husband calls me today saying that the Carabineri are going to be stopping by our house to look at/take pictures of our gate because someone drew a chalk symbol on it... There was also a drawing on our back window of the car that they were lookin into... I guess my husband got in the car this morning only to find the gas light on (we had 1/2 a tank last night), so he went to the MPs to report it... They looked at the car and saw the symbol and looked it up to see what it matched to...

It has been raining so the mark on our gate was washed away, but I remembered what it looked like so I drew it for them... They look over their info and come to find out it means "doctors house"... My husband works at the clinic on base, not a doctor, but still, he works in a doctors office!!! The symbol on our car means "single female that drives alone"... The scary thing is that attached to the symbol on our car is a symbol that means "use crowbar only"... Umm WTF!!!

My husband was told not to tell me because they didn't want me to freak out... Ummm hello, we had gas stolen from our car and mysterious symbols drawn on our property, how am I not going to be freaked out?... He told me anyways because he wanted me to be aware of my surroundings and to watch everything... Now it is midnight and every sound I hear is keeping me on edge... How am I supposed to sleep now? Ugh... Sorry, just wanted to vent :(

 

***UPDATE***

Thank you all for your suggestions and words of wisdom... We do not have on base housing avaliable, unfortunately, so we have to live off base... We are about 30 mins away from base... We cannot have any weapons of any kind because it violates our SOFA and we have to obey the local national laws... We have been looking for a dog since we got here, but they are expensive, so we are waiting for someone with a dog that is PCSing and doesn't want to take their dog with them... Happens a lot...

We are taking extra precautions and have told my 5 year old to make sure mommy or daddy are with her when she opens the door (she likes to think everyone at the door is her friends)... I carry an umbrella anyways, but it isn't a pointy one, so I will be getting a super pointy one... As far as marking our house, my husband is going to ask the local nationals at his work to see if that is a good idea... He thinks if we don't do it the right way that it my antagonize them, so we are going to make sure we aren't going to cuase us more harm than good... But if they think it is a good idea we are going to put up the sign for unsafe place, man with gun, be ready to defend yourself, danger or any other sign we think may be good to put up...

If I could figure out how to get a picture on here then I will post a picture of what was drawn on our wall and car... It is scary what symbols they have for what... As far we know it just looks like they were scoping us out... Hopefully it was just the gas that they wanted and now they will move on... Like I said before they just want items they can use or sell for money, they don't want to come in your house just to hurt you... So that is one peacful thing about it...

by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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usmcwifey11
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:13 PM
Oh wow!! That's scary :(
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angelize
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM
We aren't allowed to have them... If we have them and use them then we get into huge trouble even if we are protecting ourselves/kids... Can't even have pepper spray or my tazer :( I do however have a bottle of big spray by my bed... You know... For the spiders... Better believe I will be grabbing that if anyone comes in my room!!!


Quoting Anonymous:

Weapons. don't care if they aren't there to harm you, you need to protect yourself!!

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SunshineBird
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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I agree with the big dog idea! Holy shit! I would be freaking out!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM
What language is the symbols in ?
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Why aren't you aloowed even something as simple as pepper spray? Its not like you're going to run and spray everyone that creeps you out


Quoting angelize:

We aren't allowed to have them... If we have them and use them then we get into huge trouble even if we are protecting ourselves/kids... Can't even have pepper spray or my tazer :( I do however have a bottle of big spray by my bed... You know... For the spiders... Better believe I will be grabbing that if anyone comes in my room!!!




Quoting Anonymous:

Weapons. don't care if they aren't there to harm you, you need to protect yourself!!


surromama
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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Omg! I'm sorry. I would walk with something that can be turned into a weapon. Hold your keys in a stabbing ready way, I do. Get a big dog. I'm sure you can find something to walk in that isn't an actual weapon.
Best of luck to you. I hope everything is ok.
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angie729
by Ruby Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

That is scary...I would not be able to sleep either. Do you live on or off base? Can the police put extra patrols in your area? Keep your car keys by you and if you hear anything press the alarm button for the car and get some mace or pepper spray to keep on you at all times.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

We had to deal with similiar situations when we were stationed on Crete in Greece.  Thankfully the Greeks that we rented from took care of us in that regard.  They did not let anyone mess with us.  I have to admit we were thankful when we were able to move onto the base into base housing.  Stay safe.

angelize
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM
We have been looking for awhile now to get one... Getting on the economy is expensive :( 500€ minimum not including taxes... We found the sign for danger and man with gun... Thinking of putting both of those up somewhere lol...

We aren't allowed to carry weapons because it is against our SOFA (status of forces agreement)... We get into major trouble if we have them... Don't want to risk anything with my husbands job...


Quoting Cheribomb:

Get a very big dog! Maybe you could Find the the symbol for crazy bitch with big dog & put it up in your yard. Scary for sure!

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Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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See if you can find something that implies a curse. Very superstitious people. I suspect that they would leave you alone if they thought you could put the evil eye on them. Google around for some ideas.

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