Mar 10, 2015
REVEALED: The Devastating Impact of Burglary…
One of my Facebook friends recently shared a story she spotted online that really moved me.
Here’s a quick overview…
According to his blog, Alan Steven’s London home was burgled on Friday 20th June 2014. Lots of personal possessions were stolen – including some that were irreplaceable. The loss of one item in particular was especially distressing – his late father’s camera.
On the blog, that Alan setup SPECIFICALLY to find his father’s stolen camera, Alan explained how his dad, “was a professional photographer, and he died back in 1962. The only thing I had left of his was his camera and accessories. Everything is gone - camera, case, lenses, exposure meters and camera bag. The complete set is probably unique, so I'm posting this blog in the hope that someone will spot it, and I may get something back. It's probably been sold by now, or pawned, or offered to a collector of vintage cameras.”
The blog has a poignant, grainy photo of his dad using his camera, along with recent shots of the equipment. Please do take a read, and if you see or hear of a Voigtlander Prominent camera for sale in the UK, Alan is asking that you let him know. You’ll find his contact details on the blog.
I really hope this story has a happy ending…
It’s all too common
Unfortunately, the loss of irreplaceable items is one common feature with burglaries. And when the items are sentimental, it can be heart breaking.
Sure, electronics and other expensive items are often targeted during break-ins, but if you have valid home insurance, these can be easily replaced.
In comparison, the loss of sentimental, irreplaceable stuff really hurts – especially when those lost items are full of memories.
For example, my friend who shared the stolen camera blog with me told me how something similar happened to her when she was a child.
Her family home was broken into and among the precious items stolen was a small leather chest that her mum’s late father had given to her. The ornate chest was chock-full of old postcards and a valuable coin collection. But any monetary value was dwarfed by the sentimental value of the item. Apparently, her mum spent years looking in antique shops in the hope that she’d spot this chest. Of course, she didn’t.
Clients tell me that it’s a horrible feeling to come home, open your front door and immediately sense that something’s not right.
Best case scenario is the thieves just up and grab any obviously valuable items on full view.
Worst case, your home is ransacked by thieves rooting through your drawers and cupboards to find items of value.
Suddenly, you no longer feel as safe in your home…
Knowing a total stranger has been inside your personal, private space and taken your things can leave you with a mix of emotions ranging from anger, to fear, to distress.
Some people struggle to sleep after they’ve been burgled.
After all, how can you know it won’t happen again?
What can you do?
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to help you feel safe in your home.
Modern burglar alarms can offer a great deal of peace of mind.
Firstly, as a deterrent to reduce the risk of your home being broken into again
Secondly, to help you feel safer and sleep easier after a burglary.
My Facebook friend told me how her parents made the decision to install an intruder alarm after their home was burgled. And to this day, she says still sleeps a lot better when her alarm is activated at night.
You’ll discover you have a wide range of options if you’re thinking about installing an intruder alarm. Depending on your individual needs, concerns and experience, you should be able to find a solution that gives you the peace of mind you desire.
Intruder alarms come on a scale of “bells-only,” to speech dialling, to monitoring – even by the police. What’s more, you can add CCTV, an intercom system, or activate/deactivate zones depending on how you use your home.
You shouldn’t feel afraid in your own home – and with a professionally installed and well-maintained intruder alarm that’s been selected to suit your specific needs, you should be able to sleep a lot better.
What do you think?
Do you have first-hand experience of a burglary? Do you sleep easier with an alarm system installed? Do you have any questions about what might be right for your home? If so, please leave a comment below.