I really didn't want to write about this. But I've decided that maybe I should. Life in Hull is about bad things too. Last week we were burgled. One small window left open and one tempting bicycle on view.
I guess it was too much for whoever it was to resist. After all, they were only in my garden, looking through my windows. Shame on me for leaving the window open.
And I guess the garden wall with the bricks missing from the top might have seemed a come-on.
And I suppose leaving my purse, phone and laptop on my kitchen table inside my home was asking for it.
I can hear the tut's and 'should have's - and I admit that that I'm generally not too hot with home security, but I have this ridiculous belief that I have the right to my own space; that I can leave a window open, the door unlocked in my own home.
And I thought it was people with something worth having who got burgled ….. I wonder who it was. Kids doing it for a dare or a laugh? An addict, strung out and driven to steal and plunder to support a habit?
Scene of Crime Officer (or the fingerprint lady to the kids)
arrived with her case full of photographic and fingerprinting equipment.
It strikes me as particularly sad that my purse contained a bunch of (now useless) cards ….. and 2 small stones I keep for luck! And the penny jar they took - some coppers - not even the glimmer of a 10p piece for their trouble. How sad is that?
They took my Zippo lighter - which had belonged to a very special friend of mine, who died. Anyone can understand that kind of loss - another memento of the past, gone forever, probably under a bush along the cycle track.
The phone is now inoperative, thanks to O2 - with or without my SIM card. The laptop? Well, they can have it. If they can get it to work then they probably deserve it.
They could probably get a tenner for the bike, according to the police. Annie now has problems with her morning paper round and will have to walk or bus to school after the holidays. It was her most prized possession. Bella, who's 5, doesn't want to go to bed on her own now. That's where the real damage is. With the children. It's their security and happiness that have been knocked.
Scene of Crime Officer photographing evidence.
Burglary in Hull continued.
A year ago Annie had her bike stolen from outside the swimming baths. She'd had it for a month. It was locked to a bicycle railing with her dad's and brothers'. The CCTV footage couldn't identify the thief.
We've learned our lesson about bikes. Even locking them in our own back yard didn't work. So inside they came …. And that didn't work either. I give up. I'm not angry, just despairing.
Sure enough, after just 10 minutes, she'd nailed some prints by the back door window and lifted and photographed them successfully.
The kids get a hands on demonstration.
Then the cavalry arrived - to our surprise, it was little over half an hour after my call to the police that 1929 Officer Gibson from The Avenues LPT knocked on the door. We explained what we thought had happened, believing the intruder had entered from the back of the house. He could offer us comfort and a crime number but little hope for the retrieval of our property.
After another hour (approximately 10 in the morning) the Scene of Crime Officer (or the fingerprint lady to the kids) arrived with her case full of photographic and fingerprinting equipment. She got to work immediately and brushed down suspicious areas. Surrounded by inquisitive children, the lady began to explain to us all exactly what she was doing. Sure enough, after just 10 minutes, she'd nailed some prints by the back door window and lifted and photographed them successfully. To finish off, to our delight, she lifted the children's fingerprints to leave as a reminder of the incredible day we were having.
Colin (supervisor) Dan and Darren.
Very early the next morning we had a call from Victim Support who had been informed by the police of our break-in. They offered to help us prevent further burglaries by securing the house. I said "Yes Please" as our security following the theft of the back door key consisted of numerous empty wine bottles being leaned against the doors. It needed some further improvement.
3 days later, we opened the door to Colin, Dan and Darren from PROBE Limited, the company commissioned to provide alarms and new locks for all our windows and doors, courtesy of Victim Support in Hull. That is special.
Colin, the Supervisor and a locksmith himself, explained that PROBE is sponsored by Victim Support. His two accompanying trainees, Dan and Darren were gaining real life work experience as part of their government-backed training.
Police Burglary Report.
They went around the house, followed by the usual entourage of children and their friends, balancing in sometimes precarious positions, to fit state of the art alarms and window locks. How fab is that?
With cheerful smiles, Colin Dan and Darren allowed us to take photographs to show www.thisisUll.com readers.
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