The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association went acoustic over Christmas.
Not because the fiddlers wanted to go low-key, however. The group’s sound equipment was stolen, ripped out of a storage locker in San Jose before Christmas, leaving the 150 members without nearly $4,000 worth of speakers, microphones and mixers.
“There are some very desperate people out there,” said Richard Brooks, president of the nonprofit association, whose members jam every Sunday at San Jose’s Hoover Middle School. He added that no one’s fiddle was stolen; fiddlers keep their beloved instruments with them at home.
San Jose police Officer Jose Garcia, a department spokesman, said police have no suspects in the theft, which possibly occurred on Dec. 30 or 31.
Brooks said he received a phone call from the property manager at Central Self Storage on Spring Street on Dec. 31. Brooks and police said the thief had cut through the storage lock to enter the unit.
Storage locker break-ins are on the upswing, San Jose police reported last week.
On Dec. 30, sometime before 5 p.m., Public Storage on Santa Teresa Boulevard was robbed. A total of 14 victims reported that their units had been broken into, with an undetermined amount of property stolen, Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said last week.
And that was just one of the many examples, he said.
Always do your research when choosing a self storage facility and follow these simple guidelines:
Meet the manager.
Make sure the video cameras are working and pointed at your storage unit.
Frequently visit your unit.
Buy locks that can’t be cut.
Inspect that the integrity of your unit is good.
Photograph the property inside the unit for your records. Note the serial numbers on your belongings. If possible, etch your drivers license into your property so that when it’s recovered, police can help get it back to you.