Jump to content
question for those who have been robbed
15 replies to this topic
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:18 PM
my workplace was robbed a few weeks ago. The thief broke in and stole a small safe. Last night he came back. we assume to steal the replacement safe, which we haven't yet bought thank goodness.
my question to those who have experienced a robbery. Did the robbers come back a second or third time? A few people i know have said they just replaced everything when the thieves came back and took all the new stuff. Im curious how common this type of second robbery is.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:27 PM
This happened to my sister. She was robbed twice in a fortnight. They then recovered some of her things about six months later and the items taken from both robberies were found together so it was quite clearly the same person!
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:30 PM
I was robbed twice in 6 weeks... The police said its very common. The thieves wait until people collect insurance and replace stolen goods...
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:33 PM
I have known soooo many people that have been robbed a second time - it's taught me a great lesson on waiting for replacement items.
Putting jewellery at the bottom of your dirty linen basket doesn't cut it either - they sweep these places with a metal detector.
Dogs are a good deterrent.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:46 PM
my MILs place has been broken into 11 times in the last 6 years thankfully she has this kickarse security system now so the last 4 or so times they havent been sucsessful!
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:55 PM
I have had issues with this. I think the subsequent robberies are partly because they think you might replace your stuff and partly because they know their way around.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:23 PM
Yep, have had the same issue here...
We have been robbed 5 times and 2 attempts in the last 8 years. Several of the robberies or attempts were very close together, within a matter of weeks, we assumed (as did the police) that it was the same people waiting to get their hands on the replaced items...
Not sure about the other times..
It's a horrible feeling though... We got a dog after the last robbery, and not long after I came home (to check on the house before collecting my DS from school care, to try and "protect" him from any more upset) and looked in the backyard only to see a security screen lying on the grass ( after 2 robberies a few weeks apart). I panicked and called my husband, who left work straight away, and then called 000, as the dog was barking, and I thought there might have been someone around...
My DH got home before the police turned up, and STORMED into the house, only to discover that our new "security system" - the dog, had somehow gotten the security screen that the police fingerprinted off the table and had played with it.... Was very embarrassing having to call 000 again to explain that we didn't need them...
But I still get very anxious coming home some days from work, or if we have been away for a couple of days, to see that our house is still as we left it...
We are going away at Christmas, but my MIL or SIL will be coming over once or twice a day to feed our dog and cats, so hopefully there will be enough activity to deter any problems...
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:34 PM
My sister used to work in forensics for the police - yes it is VERY common!
When we got robbed I didn't sleep properly again for nearly a year. I still, when we go away, leave a note on the kitchen bench that says:
"We've already been robbed, there is nothing left. Can you please leave us alone?"
I hate scumbag thieves, and I really don't give a flying fart about all the 'sad personal issues' that cause them to do it.
(Sorry - still bitter! The b*st*rd who robbed us - and dozens of other homes in the area actually got caught, but he got off any gaol time because he has a 'mental illness', and it was 'out of character'(??) last time I checked being a drug dealer, drug addict and a career criminal doesn't count as a mental illness!)
Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:45 PM
When we moved into our first house together we were robbed twice in 3 months. I'm sure they just waited for us to replace the stuff on insurance (which we'd only just taken out 2 weeks before the first robbery!) and struck again. We moved ASAP, we've thankfully never been broken into since.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:38 PM
My parents and neighbours were broken into, and then the person did come back about six weeks later but my parents were more careful with keeping everything locked and the person only robbed the neighbours. Then a year later a father and son were arrested for robberies in the area, I have no idea if they were the ones involved in my parents but since then there has been noproblems. the father was 68 and sentenced to ten years jail and the son sentenced for 6 years.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:49 PM
Whenever one of our offices have been robbed, there has always been a close 2nd robbery.
Edited by *Lib*, 12 December 2012 - 08:49 PM.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:17 PM
Yep, in our case they did try again about a month or two later. Unfortunately for them we'd majorly upgraded the security. They didn't get caught, but they didn't try again.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:42 PM
I currently work in forensics and have done for 11 years in 2 different states. It's not that common at all, but does happen. Not as often as people think or would like to make out. If you ask a question like this the only people that will respond are people who have been robbed in quick succession, otherwise how would they know? By the way I was broken into twice in one year, but they were different people. Sorry, but it just happens that way sometimes. Don't stress about people coming back :-)
Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:34 PM
sadly when I lived with my parents we had been broken in to so many times I lost count. sometimes with in weeks of each other, others longer a part... even woke up with someone in my room! You do get used to it but your stomach does fall to your feet when you see that open door that you knew was locked when you left.
But yes the police said its common to get robbed by the same people
Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:46 PM
We were robbed on Christmas day about 3 years ago Thankfully they didn't take the Christmas presents or trash the place; they just took electricals like ipods, iphones, xbox, camera (which had all of DD's baby photos on it ). Unfortunately our insurance has recently lapsed, so they wouldn't have had much luck getting the replacements! It is a sickening feeling though.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:47 PM
Yes, it has happened to me, but not in this country though. I was working at a shop and helping a customer choose something when they managed to open a locked security gate and stole my laptop and some money out the till. A week later the insurance replaced my laptop, which they delivered to my work. The next day it was stolen again from my car as I was locking up.
After being held hostage with a gun to my head in a store robbery and having armed intruders enter my garden when my 5 month old son was at home with his nanny, it was the last straw for us. Three months later we moved to Australia.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!
Sometimes the greatest baby name ideas come from the most unexpected places, as these EB members show.
While we often think of pregnancy as a 40 week affair, experts agree that 37 weeks is actually “full term". So is there an argument for inducing all births at 37 weeks?
Controlled-crying techniques may help some babies sleep through the night, but for many exhausted new parents, it's just a recipe for more tears all round.
As people become more aware of these benefits, I hope more parents will practice this method, so we can cut down on nappies and improve baby bonding.
Aussie actress Emily Symons has announced she is pregnant with her first baby.
A little girl will grow up without her father after the fit and healthy 34-year-old passed away while doing something he had practised his whole life.
You could be doing yourself a disservice by encouraging your toddler to have an afternoon nap, according to new research.
We've compiled a guide to some of the most popular presents for newborns and new mums, and for christenings and naming days.
Actress Jaime King is pregnant with her second child, giving 16-month-old James a sibling.
The Abbott government should extend funding to nannies, and direct childcare payments to low and middle income families, a landmark study on childcare has found.
As many as one in two newborn babies suffer from skin irritations in their first few weeks. So what are the most common rashes and irritations to look out for?
Wall decals are the answer to creating a beautiful nursery or children's space without lifting a paint brush, a spirit level or even a hammer.
Three-year-old Cain Trainor headed off home after his first day at a new preschool without telling anyone.
In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.
The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.
A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.
A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.
Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.
A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.
A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.
Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.
Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.
Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.
Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?
I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.
February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.
This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.
Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.
A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.
She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.
Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.
I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?
With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.
We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.
Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.
If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.
A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.
Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.
Win a KitchenAid Mixer
To celebrate, and to thank our amazing fans, we?re giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer.