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Thursday, January 17, 2013

You must be kidding me....

...how can this happen to us TWICE in 6 weeks.  Yesterday morning when I started looking for my handbag (which is also a camera bag) it was nowhere to be found.  Every night I have a routine, when I go to bed I take my handbag with me and I distinctly remember putting it next to my bed.  For a while I thought that I must be crazy...I ran around searching everywhere, even phoning K to find out whether I perhaps left it in the car.  You know that feeling of doubting yourself?  The next moment my cellphone rang and it wasn't a number I knew.  A woman living in Ben Kamma, whose husband took their dog for a walk found my bag against the wall of their complex.  His wife found a Post Net receipt with my cell number and called me. The bag contained my wallet (with no money), my drivers licence and all my cards.  My ID as well as K's were there together with his prescription specs and my cosmetics.

My brand new Canon 650D with the Sigma zoom lens Wynand bought me as a gift was gone.  I was devastated as I carry my camera with me where ever I go.  A few hours later K arrived with CCTV cameras and motion detection security lights.  They immediately started installing it.  By this weekend the beams in the garden will be active and our home will resemble a private jail.  It sickens me to think how much money one has to fork out to protect yourself and your property.

What creeps me out totally is that Tuesday evening was the first time since our last incident in December that I opened our bottom window.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.  How many nights were we being watched?  I have this gut feeling that it is the same person that entered our house in December. How many times has he been on our property since then waiting for the right opportunity?  It creeps me out that he was watching us while we slept. It creeps me out that they probably hooked my handbag with a pole and pulled it through the window....that close!

When we reported the matter to the police they told us that it is the third case of the day for our sleepy area. They told us that the thief was a "gentleman" to leave my cards and ID's?  S.E.R.I.O.U.S.  Pity he didn't think to leave his address, so that I can send him a thank you card.

Last night was a very long night of tossing and turning and today I am the closest ever to becoming a gun owner.  I am so tired of working hard for what we have and then somebody just strolls in and does some affirmative shopping in your house...and they get away with it every time.

Has this happened to you? How did it make you feel?

28 comments:

  1. Sjoe! Sorry to hear, Lynette! It must be very scary!
    Sad that we must live this way, and every time put up more security!
    Glad you got your cards back!

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  2. This totally freaks me out that someone knows your routine. I find it so frightening and aldo irritating that your privacy has been invaded.I hope this person(s) gets caught. I am thankful that someone found your bag.I am very sorry about your camera.

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  3. So so sorry, its a very sick person who does this. Hope he gets caught. xxx

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  4. I don't know how you live like that.. It sounds so awful, and yes it is not fair that people just think they can take what isn't theirs.. I live in the country and we are careful and certainly when we go to town I am aware of what I leave in the car and lock up etc... and unfortunately I don't think things will get any better in the future... please take care of yourself...and do what it takes to be safe...

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  5. I'm really sorry that this happened to you and in such a short window of time too. It's sucks that one need to fork out so much money to protect yourself and your property.

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  6. This is absolutely horrible.

    I have a rental property in Richmond Hill, that I have owned for 9 years. I have never had any hassles and now it has been broken into twice this year as well.

    It is different as I don't live there, but the tenants I had are devasted and have moved out. I don't blame them. they have only been there 3 weeks!

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  7. Oh no :( this is terribly!!!! I am so sorry!!!

    We have an alarm in our home mainly because of a bad incident we had the year before last - wasn't a burglary - a gang invaded our complex and went on a bit of a rampage - cops and shooting and guns - was horrible :(

    We live next to an open field that is now home to vagrants and it freaks me out that they sit there and "watch" us - I am just glad our unit is the most hidden and I can't see them daily!

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  8. My heart goes out to you Lynette, I have never been burgled and there is no way I can know what you are feeling but I can imagine your grief and sorrow about being targeted by lawless people. Chin up, what hurts us can only make us stronger.

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  9. Ai Lynette, huge intrusion on your privacy and very scary. Lots of love

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  10. I had to laugh at your gentleman comment and the thank-you card.
    So sorry that your home has been violated in this way. This kind of behaviour is NEVER acceptable, but somehow living in this country we justify it by saying how much worse it could have been.
    We have "only" had things stolen by people working within the home, and I know the crazy feeling you talk of, looking for my stuff, blaming the kids and then realizing that it is just gone.

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  11. we are living in jails and the thieves are running free doing what they do best! sorry for your loss lynette! hope you can replace your camera...
    hoping that this year can just get better.xx

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  12. Lynette, all I can so is I am so sorry this happened to you. I cannot imagine. I understand your frustration and will hold you in my prayers.

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  13. oh no, Lynette! this is sickening!!! I know all of it too well... a few years ago they walked through our house and took my brand new laptop, my DH's 5D and a video camera. My handbag was emptied outside our wash-up door - there were just a few rands in my purse they took but luckily all the documents were still there... You know what? a few month after with some help my DH could give the info to the police about a man who had our camera. Next day they caught him but off course he wouldn't tell from whom he got the camera. The judge let him go eventually because of luck of the evidence!!! - excuse me - he had the stolen goods in his possession!!! since then we had 3 attempts but nothing was stolen (2 times the bastard didn't even make to the house - was just checking around, we have good alarms after the 2nd time). It takes away a lot of inner peace - the stolen goods are not the biggest thing that one looses in incidences like this. Unfortunately, in our country things will not change any time soon... we don't have much options here - yes, we should spend some money for protection or look for another safer country. The best thing will be to do what is possible from our side and trust God because doesn't matter what happens, He is still in complete control over our lives!

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  14. This makes me so sad that this happened to you.... and your camera... so very sad over that .... *sigh* :(

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  15. So sorry to hear this :(. I would be totally unnerved too. The money is worth it for peace of mind, but it's a shame you have to go to such lengths.

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  16. Oh gosh, I still remember that December incident and now another one, yikes... I am so sorry Lynette, that you have to go through that, living in fear is not a good feeling : (
    Big hug to you dear!!!!

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  17. I have been burgled before. It was the invasion of my privacy that affected me the most. The fact that someone had been scratching through my things. THAT freaked me out. It may take ages before you sleep well again. I'm so sorry that this happened. Lots of love. xx

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  18. So sorry to hear this happened to you again Lynette!! That's just awful.
    I can understand your feelings well as some years ago we had robbers break in to our house in the middle of the night, threatening us and tieing us down. It was a terrible experience and we were left on the floor with duck-tape over our mouths etc. They took money and some stuff. The police could not do anything and after a month we received a letter the case was 'dismissed'. I am only happy we wee not killed or badly beaten in addition to invisible our scars .
    I am glad you were not physically harmed either!.
    Hugs!!

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  19. This is horrible! I'm so sorry to hear it has happened, again! The feeling of your not only your privacy being invaded but your home is awful. I'm thankful no one in your home was physically hurt.

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  20. So sorry to hear, Lynette. We had it happen many years ago, and it is a horrible feeling, and not easy to feel comfortable again.
    M xxx

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  21. This makes me so mad!

    I am glad you got your official docs back - the schlep of that makes me cry honestly!

    We've only been burgled once in our lives, about 9 years ago at the old house.

    But of course, the iphone stolen in Oct and I had another bag stolen once YEARS ago, while we were praying over breakfast (did that make you laugh?). I've never closed my eyes while praying in a shopping centre ever again :)

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  22. Oh no, I'm so sorry this has happened again. How awful that you have to worry about that same guy or any guy invading your home and life. Please be safe and careful!!

    I've never had this happen before, but would be a wreck if it did.

    Stay strong Lynette, sending prayers and hugs to you.

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  23. Oh this is so scary. It would totally freak me out. So happy you are all okay.

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  24. So sorry.... Very scary and makes me cringe when I think of these kind of things happen to people... Just glad you were not harmed in anyway. BUT it still SUCKS big time (pardon my English)

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  25. Rather shocked to read Bente's story - in Sweden! Gosh!!! Unfortunately the Police do nothing - this is the problem. I don't agree with Neighbourhood Watch - it is not our job to protect our neighbourhood - it is a human right to live in a safe one - that said Shane does it once a fortnight as we have no choice. We can't afford more security so our storeroom and laundry remain unprotected, bar heavy duty locks that they've already managed to get through...

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  26. Lynette,
    So sorry to hear that you have had a second break in....so scary! (((((Hugs))))) to you & DH, God be with you!

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  27. So sorry for you to go through this and to have the theft right next to you as you were sleeping!! How frightening. I'm glad no one was injured and that you got your ID's back. So sorry for the loss of your camera. I know how much it means to you. The only thing that's ever happened to me is our van was gone through once, but there was nothing of great value in it, so nothing taken. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

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  28. OMG! I cannot believe this happened again. So Sorry, and Thank God your camera will be replaced. You will feel safer with your CCTV. Even when I am at home and inside I am constantly checking the live camera's from my Iphone and it comes in handy when I let my dogs out to potty in the wee hours I can see what they are doing.

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