Hey everyone, my apologies I know I have been missing in the last week. We had visitors so of course there was a lot of work to be done before and no crafting was done during their stay. Though I have to admit I didn't miss the crafting as it was very pleasant having them stay with us.
However something did happen which I would like to post about so that I can share a hard lesson I have learned. Over the weekend us and our guests went to a local woods for a walk. There is an enclosed car park there for people to leave their cars. I had a bag with me, like most ladies I don't go anywhere without it. However as we were going for a walk I decided to leave it behind.
Like I'm sure many of you have been told, I put my bag in an enclosed boot so it could not be seen. After a pleasant walk of less than an hour, as it started to rain, we returned to the car to find the back window smashed, seats dropped and bag gone. 7-8 cars were all hit at the same time and way, the thieves went mostly for car boots.
While I am sure the thieves were only interested in cash and maybe electronics, I lost far more than that. I have been feeling such a sense of intrusion ever since. I had bank cards, loyalty cards, ID, electronics and more, including a couple of personal and irreplaceable items which I am sure are now lying in a bin or field somewhere. I have spent a number of days trying to replace and cancel a number of services.
Once I think about it, it isn't as surprising that despite following the advice about keeping valuables out of sight, they were not safe. It isn't like those who would engage in this behaviour wouldn't have heard the same thing and learned where to hit.
My advice to all is this, do not believe that valuable out of sight are inaccessible. I will never leave my belongings in a vehicle again and it has also taught me to only have essentials in my bag when I go out. A few things that were in my bag had no need or reason to be there for the days activities. I know all this probably sounds like common sense, but I have told some others this story and the responses I have gotten are 'I do that all the time, I thought it was safe'