Stealing your Trust.

Good afternoon everyone,

I’m trusting that you won’t mind of I visit a more serious topic today. I had some bad news. My partner is a rower.. as I’ve mentioned before.. and he is away for the weekend camping at a regatta (remember I only go to the one day ones 😉 ) .. anyway, he phoned me this morning to tell me that last night, whilst all the rowers were out, the campsite got burgled. Phones, money and other valuables were taken along with two actual tents!!

When they returned, clothes and invaluable belongings were strewn all over the field. A couple of expletives come to my tongue now but I’ll try not to send them out  into blog land as that won’t help anyone. The first thoughts you will probably have are, ‘How can people do this? Steal from someone else!’ But it also got me thinking about the other side… and even though… it is so wrong that people do this… but why oh why did some of the rowers leave valuables in the tents? Were they asking for it?  And just how trusting should you be.. with anyone?  Do these thieving mongrels really end up stealing our trust and faith in fellow human beings more than anything else? Possessions are just things and can be replaced but no one can give back the pure innocence of ‘everyone is a friend’ feeling that we have as children.

My boyfriend, luckily, was sensible enough to put his valuables either on him or locked in his car. But some of the others, especially the younger ones, kept smart phones, money and purses in their tents. Their innocence and naivety will now be replaced with cautious, wary and untrusting attitudes (or at least I would think it would be!)… is this a good thing though? Should we all and need to learn to be aware and responsible or should we be carefree and have a ‘if it happens, it happens…sh*t happens’ kind of mantra? Seems though, that sadly, they have learnt an important lesson when camping.

 

Leave your valuables in your car or preferably take them with you!!

 

I will tell you that I am not at all trusting. And no it hasn’t stemmed from an awful childhood (I had a great one… remember the mud pies?!) or the fact that I was severely bullied (even though I did get called a geek a lot… but I’ve made my peace with that 😉 ) or the fact that I have been completely duped or been ‘had’ in any way. I’ve just always been taught to not trust people until I really know them… and how many people would I trust with my life? Mmmm I’m not sure; it is a scary thought. I’ve always liked the quote, ‘Love many, trust few, live life to the full!’ You can still be nice and friendly to everyone you meet… just don’t let them hold your purse whilst you go to the loo… or give them your pin number!

I sometimes think that people like to push the boundaries of security by leaving their front doors unlocked or by having a stash of money in their house or by walking around with their £200 phone waving about. I’m going to risk sounding old here but I never carry a lot of cash with me, my phone is always zipped in my bag and I always walk with my bag on my shoulder with the zip nearest my hand…so someone can’t just delve in behind. The house is always locked, whether I’m in or out ( a fire hazard.. you may add…. well that’s a whole other issue), our valuables are in ‘safe’ places (sometimes so safe that I forget where!) Am I paranoid? Probably. Is there a less chance that we will get things stolen than anyone else? Probably Not. But why make it easy for the good-for-nothing-stealing-toe-rags?!

One of my mates last week, was finishing her thesis for her PHD. Naturally, she had to back up her work and did this quite a few times to keep it secure. She told us that as it was complete and ready to print, she actually slept with her memory stick (not what I thought people had plastic devices in the bedroom for…). This was just in case they got burgled that night and the computer was stolen… she wanted to make sure that she had her work with her. Again if a fire occurred it could be a different story… because would she think about rescuing her plastic device containing her cleverest scientific thoughts? Mmmmm… and was she paranoid? Or was it just good sense?

I don’t know if any of you out there have ever been robbed or broken into. The closest we have come to (fingers crossed, touch wood and all that…) is when my boyfriend’s car got broken into a few years back. This was again at a rowing regatta (I’m not painting them in the best light haha… overall the rowing community are very lovely and seem to be very generous and helpful and normally it’s outsiders that seem to cause the trouble but I won’t point any definite fingers). We got back to the car at the end of the day and I think the window was smashed. They had tried o take his car CD player and succeeded. They also took a bag with a number of clothes in (another tip, never leave anything on show… even that Spice Girl’s Cd because these rob-dogs will take anything!) and the thing I remember the most was the feeling I had. Someone had not just stolen things but stolen our personal space. Someone had been in his car without permission; stealing trust, security and happiness. That is what they really steal. I would love to hear if anyone has any other stories…

So guys watch your backs and who you trust…. don’t let them steal your faith in human kind but just be aware that not everyone is as good a human being as you!

Right, I’m off to check the door is locked…and if my new car is still outside! Haha.

See you tomorrow,

XSXS

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. awindowofwisdom
    Aug 12, 2012 @ 15:41:23

    It is so sad that this happens and I was just thinking last night how sad it is that I cannot sleep with my windows open to feel the beautiful air…And how we have to worry about our children playing outside and our things… Maybe if we all looked out for one another and it was not about who has the most things, money etc… than no one would have the need to take from another. Blessings.

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    • Sam Gray
      Aug 12, 2012 @ 16:00:31

      I know, it’s terrible. You are right yes, people should all stick together more and people would probably be more likely to share and be generous then! But we all spend time watching our backs rather then enjoying things. Thanks for your comment. Sam.

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  2. Tina Holmes
    Aug 12, 2012 @ 18:08:08

    Sad news – it is the invasion and the loss of innocent trust that is the worst bit.

    Several years ago I had my handbag stolen from our car while we were camping in France. As we were in a tent we put our valuables in the car out of sight for safety and on the day the bag got stolen luckily we had our cameras with us and our phones – we had gone to get cash so my cards were in my pocket and so were my travellers cheques and cheque book.

    The handbag, which we used to keep these thing safe in, had hardly anything left inside when they got it. They smashed the car window and took the bag and probably just dumped it when they found the contents were mainly worthless but the experiance still impacts on how I act – I never leave my handbag in a car.

    The thiefs got baby photos, passports, my hair bobble and Cathy’s comb, a note book with notes in it of things I wanted to remember, train tickets from a trip years earlier, silly things but to me special things… Apart from the passports they got nothing of value except my security and little Cathy was very upset and thought France was full of “badies!!!”

    As for people I would trust with my life and to hold my purse, have my pin number etc – Four men, three girls and not one person more and I doubt if I will ever add to this list!

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    • Sam Gray
      Aug 12, 2012 @ 19:03:28

      aww never heard that story..awful, and just as I thought that the car was the safe place. The idiots think anything can be valuable and then realise nothing even it of worth – well to them anyway.

      Least things like this make us all more aware,
      xx

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