Posted by: winteridge | September 20, 2011

IF YOU CAN AFFORD A SECOND RESIDENCE, YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE ROBBED!!!!


No, this is not my philosophy, but I thought I must share with you.  Many of you know we have a hunting camp on Pitcher Road, Montague, in the Tug Hill snow country.  Great country, and there are a lot of nice people in the area, but of course, some not-so-nice.  We have been there since 1980, and have been burgled only 2-3 times over the years, mostly local kids looking for guns, beer, or money.  We never keep any of those around.

For years we got along with 2 propane lights in the main room, along with flashlites and electric when the generator worked.  A few years back, we decided to upgrade, and ran copper gas lines to every room, even the bathroom and upstairs bedrooms.  Lights in every room!  Now that’s living!

We actually don’t use the camp much anymore, but when we stopped in recently, persons unknown had broken in and removed all the copper plumbing.  Totally.  Every room, and right back to the propane tank under the deck.  Apparently, according to the local sheriffs, copper brings a good price these days, and buyers do not ask many questions.  So these no-goods might net $50 or so for what cost us about $600, plus the time to install.  So we are unhappy campers.

Of course, the sheriffs are checking, but I put a note about the crime on a local Lowville forum called Topix.  The quote above, my title, was one of the more intelligent comments, so you can see what we have to deal with.  Just what do you say to a comment like that?  I am tempted to add some like comments that might apply to the area…maybe: “If you drive your new pickup drunk, you can afford to have it wrecked.”  or perhaps:  If you are living on Public Assistance, you cannot afford to have children, even if you are married.”, but hey, what would it gain?  Just replace the plumbing and hope for the best.  Thanks, guys.

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  1. I’ve been up here for fifteen years now, and when I bought the property (in 1989) I wanted to begin work on my new home before I could retire and move here. I was careful not to do anything moveable to the place because I had heard of theft and vandalism to the camps. So I did some brush hogging, got a well put in, put in a culvert to make a stream across where my driveway would be, planted some trees in an empty 5 acres, and let it go at that until I got up here for good. Now, after all this time I have many good friends and acquaintances among the people here, but there is an attitude to people who didn’t grow up here that is not … Well, if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!

  2. The same rot that is true of all our society now, I guess, not just Tug Hill. Or maybe it has always been there? But does this mean that if you can only afford a 20-year-old mobile home and no second home, you will not be robbed? Or just that you cannot afford to be robbed? But you can still afford the ATV, the snowmobile, the flat-screen, the laptop, and cell service for 7 kids? Go figure.

  3. […] Dad writes: Of course, the sheriffs are checking, but I put a note about the crime on a local Lowville forum called Topix. The quote above, my title, ["IF YOU CAN AFFORD A SECOND RESIDENCE, YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE ROBBED!!!!"] was one of the more intelligent comments, so you can see what we have to deal with. Just what do you say to a comment like that? I am tempted to add some like comments that might apply to the area…maybe: “If you drive your new pickup drunk, you can afford to have it wrecked.” or perhaps: If you are living on Public Assistance, you cannot afford to have children, even if you are married.”, but hey, what would it gain? […]


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