$500 Hoboken headache

12/20/2010:

Hoboken resident Theresa and her soon-to-be husband had a window on their brand new car smashed this past weekend. She shares her thoughts below. If you think you saw this incident and can provide tangible information, you can call the Hoboken Police at (201)420-2100.

Car window smashed on 2nd St. for no reason

“Over the weekend our car back window was smashed to pieces sometime between 9pm Friday and 9pm Saturday. I know this is kind of a stretch but I was wondering if you could spread the word and see if anyone seen or heard anything.

It was parked on 2nd St. between Garden and Park on the north side of the street a spot away from the entrance of the small surface lot on the corner of Park and 2nd.

A little background information on my fiancé and I:

We are both very hard working and honest people. We can’t even imagine what would go on in someone’s head to even think to smash someone’s window in at any time, let alone the holidays. We actually had a problem on the same block a couple of months ago when someone smashed in the side view mirror on his former car (on the sidewalk side). At the time we just brushed it off and said “Oh well 2 years living in Hoboken and this is the only thing that happens, I guess we can just fix it.”

We recently downsized from two cars and I was really excited because this is the first time I’ve had a new car. Our insurance covers it but we have a $500 deductible and since it’s a 2011 so no one has the window in stock, so it can’t be fixed until possibly after the long weekend, so on top of that we have to rent a car to get to our families for the holidays. We both are paying off our large student debts and trying to save for a wedding which we will be paying entirely ourselves, so you can see how this is a pretty big hit for us. If anyone has anything information that might help us find out whoever did this that would be such a relief for us. We have a really loud alarm so I find it hard that no one seen or heard anything (with the Village Pourhouse opening there has been constant foot/car traffic along Park until well after the bar closes).

I don’t want to sound spoiled complaining I have to pay to fix my brand new car, because I have really worked hard for this and $500 at this time is a really large hit. I know it could be worse (hey, some people can’t afford the basics let alone a car), but its just really upsetting working so hard to get something and having some idiot ruin it. I would also like to add that nothing was stolen, including the gps in our glove box (that was basically the only thing we had in the car besides an emergency kit in the trunk) and there was no evidence of what was used to break it left behind.

Theresa

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16 Comments on "$500 Hoboken headache"

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

Those bumpers are made of plastic…if the pins are knocked out or damaged the repair is around 1200 or 800 dollars..the bumper guards are ones best bet..clintion girl you must go to pd and make out a report…telephone does not help unless you see the nuts doing damage..Its not all irate so called neighbors more than just a bunch of nutmegs on meth
or sam adams motor oil…I sympathizse with you..No reason for the heartache.. 😮

gnoor
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gnoor

DOH! You go Clinton Girl!

clintongirl
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clintongirl

Well that does suck and I did see your car. I saw it because you were the one who thought it was completely appropriate to park right on my back bumper. Thank you for putting a ton of scratches in it. Karma….

HoneyDew
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HoneyDew

But that’s not about her being the victim so that’s unimportant. People are so clueless. Look around, be good to your neighbors and good things will come to you.

Karma is right.[quote comment=”201076″]Well that does suck and I did see your car. I saw it because you were the one who thought it was completely appropriate to park right on my back bumper. Thank you for putting a ton of scratches in it. Karma….[/quote]

clintongirl
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clintongirl

Well I am a victim as well! My car bumper is full of straight through scratches that would certainly cost me more than $500 to fix because they truly parked on my bumper. They left themselves no room whatsoever. I could not fit my pinky between my bumper and theirs.

However, had I seen someone smash the window I still would have called Hoboken PD. So yes, I am still a good neighbor that also finds a parking spot without being a complete obnoxious ass.[quote comment=”201097″]But that’s not about her being the victim so that’s unimportant. People are so clueless. Look around, be good to your neighbors and good things will come to you.Karma is right.

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nacholibre
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nacholibre

The people who somehow lower their car into half a space wedged against the bumper are a huge pet peeve. Seems like where I park I see a lot of the same cars every day, parked based on when they get home, so scofflaws should think twice about annoying someone who will likely see their car again and again. This did happen to me once and I left the gifted driver a nice note pointing out while I realized the probability was low, a repeat would significantly add to his commute.[quote comment=”201098″]Well I am a victim as well! My car bumper is full of straight through scratches that would certainly cost me more than $500 to fix because they truly parked on my bumper. They left themselves no room whatsoever. I could not fit my pinky between my bumper and theirs.However, had I seen someone smash the window I still would have called Hoboken PD. So yes, I am still a good neighbor that also finds a parking spot without being a complete obnoxious ass.

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HoneyDew
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HoneyDew

In her mind you probably took up too much space in the spot. And you are definitely the nicer person. Who parks on someone’s bumper? That’s just so rude.[quote comment=”201098″]Well I am a victim as well! My car bumper is full of straight through scratches that would certainly cost me more than $500 to fix because they truly parked on my bumper. They left themselves no room whatsoever. I could not fit my pinky between my bumper and theirs.However, had I seen someone smash the window I still would have called Hoboken PD. So yes, I am still a good neighbor that also finds a parking spot without being a complete obnoxious ass.

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shootyz23
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shootyz23

Theresa:

I called the PD on Saturday at 3PM. I was walking by and I saw your car (I live on the corner of 2nd and Willow), it looked like it just happened, but who knows.

I can tell you the window was definitly broken by 3PM on Saturday. I called and spoke with a female at the PD, a latino last name……..dont know if they sent anyone out to check the car……did the PD call you? If not, that’s kinda messed up because they knew about it, I told them myself!!

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

shooty 23 that little tap on a plastic bumper cost me 700 clams…What ever happened to the rubber bumpers??? anytime you call get a name badge number or call 2130 forget 911.[quote comment=”201064″]Theresa:I called the PD on Saturday at 3PM. I was walking by and I saw your car (I live on the corner of 2nd and Willow), it looked like it just happened, but who knows. I can tell you the window was definitly broken by 3PM on Saturday. I called and spoke with a female at the PD, a latino last name……..dont know if they sent anyone out to check the car……did the PD call you? If not, that’s kinda messed up because they knew about it, I told them myself!![/quote]

amelia1623
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amelia1623

That area is notorious for window smashing and GPS stealing. I lived in that area for a few years and would see shattered tempered glass every couple of blocks on my way to work. Not to mention my boyfriends GPS was stolen on 2nd and Park last week while having dinner.
H411 has posted a bunch of times that this is an ongoing problem – so everyone should be very cautious when parking in that area.

homeworld
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I saw someone smashing windows and side mirros of cars with a baseball bat once on 8th and Clinton Street. I called 911 to report it and gave the operator the licence plate number of the description of the pickup truck the vandals were driving in.

The operator told me that it wasn’t a 911 emergency call and I should hangup and call the Hoboken Police Department instead. I told her I wouldn’t remember the licence plate by then, and she repeated it was not a 911 emergency, hang up and call the Hoboken police.

By time I was done arguing with her that I was just trying to report crime and she wasn’t doing her job, the vandals drove away and I forgot the plate number. [quote comment=”201049″]That area is notorious for window smashing and GPS stealing. I lived in that area for a few years and would see shattered tempered glass every couple of blocks on my way to work. Not to mention my boyfriends GPS was stolen on 2nd and Park last week while having dinner.
H411 has posted a bunch of times that this is an ongoing problem – so everyone should be very cautious when parking in that area.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

homeworld..best you call direct to hoboken pd…911 goes through three circuits before getting to the dispatcher..also 911 is urgert emergency.. Who ever these morons are that destroyed car windows had to have a grudge against the owner or family…unless proberty was taken then its robbey.always get the operators number when you call 911
You ment well and I commend you but two perps out of a pick up truck would leave u to think they don’t need a gps…be aleart get the lic plate or tag…make color of the vehicle…and direction..Smashing a car window is out of order..My opinion its a hate thing.[quote comment=”201051″]I saw someone smashing windows and side mirros of cars with a baseball bat once on 8th and Clinton Street. I called 911 to report it and gave the operator the licence plate number of the description of the pickup truck the vandals were driving in. The operator told me that it wasn’t a 911 emergency call and I should hangup and call the Hoboken Police Department instead. I told her I wouldn’t remember the licence plate by then, and she repeated it was not a 911 emergency, hang up and call the Hoboken police. By time I was done arguing with her that I was just trying to report crime and she wasn’t doing her job, the vandals drove away and I forgot the plate number.

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homeworld
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In the midst of the crime, it was a lot easier to dial 911 than thumb through my contacts for the Police Department’s number.

The particular vandals I witnessed were doing it to multiple cars. [quote comment=”201077″]homeworld..best you call direct to hoboken pd…911 goes through three circuits before getting to the dispatcher..also 911 is urgert emergency.. Who ever these morons are that destroyed car windows had to have a grudge against the owner or family…unless proberty was taken then its robbey.always get the operators number when you call 911
You ment well and I commend you but two perps out of a pick up truck would leave u to think they don’t need a gps…be aleart get the lic plate or tag…make color of the vehicle…and direction..Smashing a car window is out of order..My opinion its a hate thing.

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