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July 7, 2012 — Getting Ripped Off
The police warn about it all the time, holidays seem to bring out the thieves in droves. Hawaii is no exception and I found out the hard way on July 3 when our house was burglarized in broad daylight. Bad news — all of my cameras and jewelry were stolen.
Good news. The computer and hard drives weren’t taken and the film and all my archival documents and years of research remain intact.
I am reminded of a Northern Exposure episode where Marilyn Whirlwind tells a story about a lucky situation turning unlucky and then lucky again. See transcript of story here.
I had a little mourning session for each item I listed in the Police Report, especially pieces of jewelry that my grandmother had given me. But as I was writing that up, friends from all over were responding to my Facebook post about the incident, offering help, comfort, loans of camera equipment, etc. Reading those posts I realized just how lucky I was.
But how to prevent future losses? Old fashioned safes might protect jewelry and cameras in the future, but what about those archival docs and film footage? Is cloud technology a practical solution? Anyone have experience using technology to safe guard precious photographs or documents? Let’s hear your story.