Last week in the evening someone stole my handbag from my kitchen. To cut a long story short I was cooking dinner and had the back door open. I walked out of the kitchen for about 3 minutes and when I returned my bag was gone. Naturally I felt terrified that someone had been in my house and incredibly stupid for leaving the back door open (which I’ll never do again).
Apart from getting my credit cards they also got my glasses, house keys, car keys, post office box keys, drivers licence and all those other personal items (like photos of kids in my wallet) that are very difficult to replace. The police attended and I must say they were very nice and didn’t treat me like a twit for leaving my back door open. All cards were cancelled and locks changed. I hope the junkie spent the five bucks I had in my wallet wisely.
After some investigation during the week I found something you may be interested in if this ever happens to you. I live very close to the city where there are about 20 ATMs (that I’ve counted so far) within very close walking distance. But the interesting thing is that the thief didn’t try any of these. He/she went all the way to Lyneham (within an hour) and attempted to use my cards (to no avail as I’d cancelled them). I thought this was odd so I did some investigations of my own. St George own the ATM at the Lyneham shops at the IGA. I called St George and asked if they could provide the pictures from the ATM to the police and they told me this machine has no camera because it is in a shop and shops have cameras. I called IGA and asked if they had film from the time/date my cards were placed in the machine and they told me they don’t have a camera on the ATM because it’s just outside the shop.
I don’t know if I’m breaking any laws telling people this but I’m hoping this information gives you a starting point if you’re ever in the same situation and are quick enough to get there and wait for them because this is the first place I’d be checking. It’s obviously well known to thieves and I’ve written to St George to let them know.
My bag is very soft brown leather with a broken strap that has been tied back on. My glasses are multifocal and in a hard black glasses case. My keys have a small Eiffel tower on the key ring (a present from my sister). The thief tried to use the keys to my house at 4:30 Thursday morning but the locks had been changed (yes – it was very scary) so they may have just thrown them somewhere. If you’ve seen any of these things could you please post here or hand them into the police.