6 lessons I learned when we were robbed

February 7 | Guest post by Addy
Burglar & Spider © by mcoughlin, used under Creative Commons license.

It's a bad feeling: walking into your home only to realize that you've been robbed. Coming home after a long day at work, it was a shock to see our front door wide open — even more disturbing to see everything upended.

The thieves didn't take much, but what they took was valuable. They'd gone through our entire house and left it in total disarray. Couch cushions were searched for anything valuable and dresser drawers were pilfered. Even though they went through all the drawers in my jewelry box, they left all my good jewelry. In the end, they took a bunch of electronics and my husband's safe. I'm just thankful they didn't take our cockatoo. We have a theory that they were scared of the noisy thing, even though he is just a big teddy bear. They had tried to cover him, probably in an attempt to quiet him. Cockatoos can be LOUD, with their voices carrying over several miles in the wild.

When it was time to file the insurance claim, we had none of the documentation we needed as it was all in the safe. Our list of valuables, our insurance information, were gone. This would have been perfect if the house had caught fire as the safe is fireproof, but not very helpful in this situation.

What I learned when I got robbed

  1. Keep a list of valuables in a place other than the safe. The robbers were in and out of our house in probably less than 15 minutes. It doesn't leave time for them to open the safe, but it certainly leaves time for them to grab the safe and all the paperwork inside.
  2. Don't be lazy. If you get a safe take the time to bolt it down. Otherwise it is very easy for it to walk away.
  3. A robber is looking for easy to flip items. What they take won't surprise you, but what they DON'T take will be a surprise. They left our computer, my expensive sewing machine, and my good jewelry. Other people I've spoken to that this has happened to had similar experiences.
  4. For whatever reason, they left my altar untouched. This was a nice surprise when every other item in my house had been upended. Take this as you will, but I see it as the power of religion.
  5. That big bulky TV and old gaming system you keep thinking you need to get rid of? While they took our newer items, they left our old Xbox. My husband was also able to dig up his old Nintendo. While it's not Skyrim, they have kept him occupied while we wait for the insurance check to come in. That old stuff may balm your sadness if your new stuff gets stolen.
  6. Keep a positive attitude. When something like this happens it's easy to get into a negative frame of mind. We've had fewer arguments than we would have two years ago in this situation because we are both very focused on the bright sides.

We only lost STUFF — and the back door, which needed to be replaced anyhow, and now the insurance will pay for it. Now THAT's the bright side of the situation!