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Apr. 15th, 2013

Mum was burgled last night. She called to tell me all about it first thing this morning and nearly gave me a heart attack in the process. It wasn't that I was surprised at her sangfroid - after all, this is the woman who once saw off an armed would-be robber simply by pointing to her open mouth and telling him all the money she made went in there - but she's so much frailer now, and if I think of what could have happened...

The way she tells it, she had just turned in for the night when her bedroom window was forced open and she heard someone trying to climb through, so she threw the light switch and scared them off. She then called the police, who took her statement and provisionally mended her window; after which she went back to bed and "slept like a baby".

Mum lives in a ground floor flat in a rejuvenated part of an inner city neighbourhood. I've never been entirely comfortable with her choosing to move there, even if I have to agree with her that her flat is really nice, all light and spacious, with a little garden at the back - but it doesn't change the fact that the neighbourhood just isn't a good one. And, as it turns out, not a safe one, either.

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enigmaticblues
Apr. 14th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yikes. I'm glad she's okay and handled it so coolly. Here's hoping it doesn't happen ever again.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They do say that lightning never strikes twice, so here's hoping they're right ;-)
dalmeny
Apr. 14th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she was unharmed. Scary.
gamiila
Apr. 14th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Definitely. I'm glad she seems to have come through it unfazed, though.
soundingsea
Apr. 15th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
That's so scary! I'm glad she's okay, but is there anything to be done to make her place safer?
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
I suppose we could look for better security options for her windows and try and make access to her garden as difficult as possible, but knowing my mum I don't think she'll want to live in a fortress...

...plus, a determined burglar will always find a way, won't they?

Edited at 2013-04-15 08:21 am (UTC)
desdemonaspace
Apr. 15th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh, man. I would have screamed my head off. She is one cool cookie. I'm glad it was no worse, but STILL!

I get wanting to be on the ground floor, and having a patio, but for any single woman, it's not the safest.
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
Screaming would help! ;-)

Mum ended her story by mentioning she'd been to a police information evening the week before, convened precisely because of the recent increase in the number of burglaries in the area...and that her next door neighbour's been burgled twice in the last twelvemonth! These were things she never told me before, and now I'm doubly worried...
empresspatti
Apr. 15th, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
OY! However - your Mum sounds like one cool badass. Good for her.

This is me hoping it never happens again.
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, nothing fazes my mum. I'm quite proud of her for that...even though I do worry sometimes that she's taking unnecessary risks.
deborahw37
Apr. 15th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness!

Sounds like some kind of extra security for the windows would be good
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like that wouldn't be a bad idea. Cheers!
bogwitch
Apr. 15th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
She seems almost as laid back as my mum, who got got dressed before confronting a burglar!

Hope she remains okay.
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
who got dressed before confronting a burglar!


Well, I can understand that: you wouldn't want to be facing a potential axe murderer in the all-together, now would you? If there's a chance you might die, better make sure you look your best! ;-)

I'm sure she will be. Knowing her, she'll be dining out on this story for years - or attempting to ;-)
curiouswombat
Apr. 15th, 2013 07:50 am (UTC)
Meep! She is a very cool lady, your Mum! I'm so glad the burglar had enough sense to turn tail.
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 08:41 am (UTC)
So am I! I'm glad Mum isn't easily intimidated (ever!), but still...
suze2000
Apr. 15th, 2013 12:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know what sort of windows she has but there are many devices on the market that allow you to wind them open a little, but still have them locked, so as to allow a little air in (which I assume was why he managed to get it open - because it already was). Also a sensor light trained on the patio might be a good deterrent (properly adjusted, so it doesn't go off for cats or bugs or trees, or no-one will get any sleep).

Sounds like she handled it okay though, she just needs to secure the place a bit better. I am on her side though - if she remains unperturbed, there's no point trying to get her to move. *hugs*
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'll have to have a good look at her window(s) -- the landlord has arranged for the bedroom window to be replaced tomorrow; the sensor light is already there but obviously not much of a deterrant to this particular thief.
meko00
Apr. 15th, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she was OK, but I understand your worry.

My parents, who live in a good neighbourhood, were robbed at gunpoint in their home a few years ago due to one of them opening the door in good faith. Fortunately the only thing the robbers got away with in real property was an old laptop after my father told them they didn't have much of cash, and my parents weren't really physically harmed but I still shudder to think of what might have happpened.
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Oh my word! that must have been so scary! It sounds as if by staying calm, your dad managed to defuse the situation; but you're right, it doesn't bear thinking about what might have happened.





meko00
Apr. 17th, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
Yes, it's almost two years ago but each time I'm over there when the doorbell rings at night, we flinch collectively. Along with some other stuff that happened, it messed me up quite a bit. But things are much better now. :-)
gamiila
Apr. 17th, 2013 02:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad. There's nothing worse than not feeling safe in your own house.
meko00
Apr. 17th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
:-)
janedavitt
Apr. 15th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh the horrible, horrible person! I'm so sorry she had to endure such a scary experience ::hugs hugs::
gamiila
Apr. 15th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, but Mum's fine, and taking it all in her stride. I think I'm genuinely more shocked than she is ;-)
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