Do you worry about being burgled?
I was burgled once and it hugely affected me .
I had gone out to a fancy dress party leaving the house in rather a mess and when I came home there was a little not e saying You have been burgled please call the police on ….. shoved through my door.
I thought it was a joke. How odd. Turns out it was true. 2 lads had climbed on my back flat roof and got in through a small window I had left open. Luckily for me some neighbours spotted them and had the foresight to call the police who nabbed them in my house. Hurray!. According to the police nothing had been taken but form that day to this I have never seen my late aunts gold watch again.
I ended up meeting with my burglars and his mum and my mum as part of a scheme the youth offending team were trialling. Apparently it was based on Moari system of justice where families and elder come together to try to heal things. The idea was lovely.
His mum cried, my mum told him how it had affected me and made me anxious and tearful. I told him how I was a real person who worked with disadvantaged kids not some nameless posh person and that the reason I lived where i did was to be near my ill dad not because I had money.
He seemed quite insolent and said a swift and easy and superficial sounding sorry and blamed his cousin. I got to choose his community service. But his mums tears did affect him I’m sure. he looked really sad.. I ended up giving him a big talk about ‘his future and respecting his mum and sister than as I left I went to shake his hand. His probation officer blocked my path so fast I think they thought I was going to hit him (had happen before apparently)
I have also learnd to shut my windows when I go out!
It would be lovely to know that very precious and priceless items were completely safe.
If you are ever burgled and struggling to cope victim support is a great resource to help you.