22 August 2017

Thieves Broke Into My House and Stole...

When a lot of people think of Africa, I'm going to guess that they think about crime. I never did. Growing up in South Africa meant that I had an opportunity to see the country differently...up until today. At around noon this afternoon, I heard my generally very loud-speaking Greek granny whispering on the phone with my mom, back in South Africa- highly unusual occurrence. I knew something had happened... I just didn't know what.
At first I heard "Did they take anything?". That's when my ears went up sharply, like a cat's in the wild. Then I heard "Did the alarm go off?". I didn't need to hear anymore. I knew what had happened. At this point, I wasn't quite sure if it was the home or the office that had been broken into... but I was certain of one thing. Someone had broken into something, somewhere. 
After 1000 WhatsApp calls over the less-than-terrific telephone line, I found out that the TV, my uncle's laptop (which just so happened to be on the kitchen table), my gran's phone (which is the most basic entry-level smart phone and thankfully doesn't cost an arm and a leg) and a plastic watch was taken. Admittedly, this list could have been much longer (and a lot more expensive). If I were in South Africa, A LOT more electronics would have been added to the list.
Out of all the rooms in the house, my cupboards were the only ones left wide open. I sure as heck didn't leave them open...which obviously meant someone was hoping to find something of value in there...although I'm not quite sure what- maybe a not so well hidden phone amongst my jerseys or a concealed laptop by my show rack? After two months of abandonment, the thieves probably just found dust. So, I guess the joke's on them. It's an uneasy feeling knowing that soon I'm going back home and going to open those very same cupboards and sleep in the room which was recently invaded by strangers. Yay for me!
But, I have A LOT to be grateful for; None of my family were home, I'm not in the country; Can you imagine sleeping in my house with a broken gate and a bashed-down front door (which I just so happened to think was the strongest thing ever). NO THANK YOU! I'm also thankful that my cat is okay- he has a bad habit of greeting anyone and everyone at the gate, so I can only imagine that he watched as strangers banged and knocked on the gate, whilst he meowed welcomely. 
I always say that "you can take the girl out of Africa but you can never take Africa out of the girl"; Wherever I find myself, my high security level and paranoia which I've acquired living in South Africa don't leave me. In some situations that could be a life-saving instinct but more often it's just bloody annoying. However, I've definitely been on the luckier side of crime in South Africa. I'd consider this an indirect brush with criminality; It really could have been so much worse which is a sad thought but a daily reality for so many- but with such a high unemployment rate one would expect a high crime rate- with South Africa ranking very highly, globally, in both.
My naturally high security level was lowered over my two month stay in Greece, but guess what, it's back on the highest level...and I don't see it going down anytime soon.

Has your house ever been broken into? What's crime generally like in your country?
Till next time-
Steph

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  1. My house has never been broken into (knock on wood) but my grandma's house has. I was actually there when she found out.
    -Dani Jones

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    1. I'm so glad your house has never been broken into. I can imagine how scary it must have been to be with your gran when she found out! It's so unfortunate that people have to do invade people's spaces.

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  2. I'm thankful that hasn't happened to me. It sounds so scary... and I wouldn't know how to feel after that. Chile is not dangerous. And 10 years ago it was really safe! No crazy crimes. Right now things are getting bad, but still I feel safe at my house.

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    1. You're so lucky that you've never had to experience it. It made me feel scared, invaded and paranoid. It really isn't a pleasant feeling. I hope that it's not something that many people have to experience.
      I'm glad you feel safe. I hope that feeling remains forever and ever!

      Thanks Melissa!

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  3. Thank god that has never happened to me, touch wood but I can only imagine how it feels. It must feel so strange to have to go back but I'm glad that everyone(including the cat) is safe. Be careful S! xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. I was SO glad that Kitty Cat was safe. I imagined he was in their way whilst they were raiding the house.
      I hope it's something that you never get to feel, N!

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  4. This is tough. Robber is one of the most violating crimes. For someone to come in and forcefully steal all you've worked for is very hurtful. I'm glad your family is safe. I haven't experienced robbery but i have family members who have.

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    1. 'Violating' is a good way to describe it! It's definitely intrusive.
      I hope all your family isn't too traumatised. Also, I hope it's something that you never experience!

      Thank you for the comment and reaching out!

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  5. Wow, I hope everything is ok. I got a real shock when I saw the title!
    anaeldaydreamer.blogspot.com

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    1. All is good now, thank you, Anael!

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  6. I'm so glad you and your family are safe. So sorry this happened to you though. That's very scary.

    Bobbi

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    1. Thank you fro your concern, Bobbi!
      It's unfortunate but makes me more glad to be getting out of here!

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  7. Oh my! I'm sorry to hear this happened. I'm happy to hear that nobody got hurt. It's so unfortunate that crimes like this happen all around the world.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks, Leta!
      It's unfortunate that no where is safe from crime- what a world we live in!

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  8. I'm happy that you weren't there and anybody from your family got hurt!
    Robbery is not usual in Spain, but in my village, sometimes has happened because there are a lot of second residences of people from cities and the thief know there would be valuable things. Other kind of crimes happens, too, but sporadic cases, we should think that is a safe country (but unfortunately, due the terrorist attack in Barcelona last week I'm still wooried :( ...)

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    1. Me too, C! It could have been so much worse which makes me grateful that all my family and pets were okay.

      I'm very happy for you, that crime is sporadic where you live and not an everyday eventuality like it is here.

      No where is safe either when it comes to terrorism from what it looks like; Just be aware of your surroundings at all times and try to stay safe, C! Terrorism is very scary!

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  9. I can remember that my house was broken into when I was 6 years old in Nigeria, and it's one of the terrible incidents that send chills down my spine whenever I remember it. I'm happy no one was hurt too because my Neighbour's dad was killed that day.

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    1. Oh wow! I'd imagine that there are violent crimes over in Nigeria, too!
      That's so unfortunate though!

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  10. My boyfriend is South African and his family have emigrated to the uk (hence how we met). I've lived in the same tiny village my whole life. He found moving out here and our rural attitudes to security very stressful to start with and I can see why! South Africa's crime rate is seriously scary. Really glad to hear your family are ok and everything that was taken is easy to replace! X

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    1. Where in South Africa is your boyfriend from?
      Yeah, I can imagine how he must of felt! We're not used to having low (or no) fences, no electric fences or alarms! I'd find that very stressful, too! I hope he's adjusted better now and is more at ease.

      Luckily, everything they took is replaceable. That's something to be grateful for!

      Thanks Amber!

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  11. To be honest,I at first didn't think of South Africa as a place of crime up until I went on my Caribbean Christmas Cruise(alliteration,hehe)last year, where the ship's sort of jewellery seller(I don't know what the profession is exactly called) mentioned crimes committed in the country. Sorry to hear that your grandmother wasn't so lucky and I hope she retrieved all the items which were stolen.

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I do love a good alliteration!

      Yeah, I'm pretty sure SA has one of the highest crime rates in the world. It's really unfortunate.

      Thanks ST!

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  12. My boyfriends student house was almost robbed once while we were in it! We were literally all asleep in the house when his housemate who lived in the room by the front door heard footsteps. Knowing we had all gone to bed he got up to have a look. Scared the guy who ran past him out the door. He only managed to grab an ipad that he later ditched knowing find my iphone could probably track him down.

    But the whole thing freaked me out for ages. Knowing we were just up stairs while this man was downstairs. And fast asleep just completely oblivious. It's a really horrible feeling knowing some stranger has been in your home.

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    1. WOW!
      That must have been really scary! I can't imagine being in the house. It's such an invasion of privacy.

      Have no doubt that it freaked you out- I'm still freaked out by it.

      Glad you're all safe and that everything was recovered!

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