This blog is mainly a rambling kind of diary of the transition from smallholderwannabe to smallholder.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A few weeks ago, my daughter's garden shed was broken into.  Her bike, my granddaughter's bike and my son-in-law's bike (that he uses to get to work as well as for pleasure) were all stolen as well as a load of specialist tools.  It was a reasonably new shed and was locked and padlocked.  The insurance have paid up and they chose two new bikes - one for granddaughter and one for SIL.  My daughter decided that they could buy better quality bikes if the money from the insurance was divided between two bikes, not three.  The new bike for my granddaughter was delivered on Friday.  The delivery firm got in touch and told them that in advance.  SIL wasn't sure if he would make it home from work by the time stated and phoned them and asked that if nobody was home, could they take the bike back to the depot and he would go and collect it. Yes, they said.  So when he got back from work on Friday, the bike was just sitting in a neighbour's garden...  No card through the door, even. They unpacked the bike and put in in the new metal, very secure shed and went away for the weekend as planned.  They even took the cardboard packaging away with them and put it in a paper recycling skip that they passed. When they came back, the shed had been broken into and the new bike stolen along with pretty much everything moveable.  She never even got a quick ride on her new bike.

Obviously, somebody had seen the new bike delivered or sat in its box in the neighbour's garden, watched them go away and seized their chance.  Isn't that rotten!  Daughter and SIL don't want to go through the insurance so soon again in case their insurance goes through the roof. It is a good job that SIL's new bike was not being delivered at the same time or that would have gone too.  Their bikes were stolen a couple of years ago too, so they are now looking at ways of storing SIL's bike inside the house.  The stolen tools are hard to replace. Lots are specialist tools and have been gathered over time.  It is just not possible to walk into one shop and buy a new one of everything that is gone. They are feeling so angry and upset.


  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger Mum said…

    I'm feeling very angry and upset for you and them. What rotten luck. Did they call the police? Some people have no scruples. I hope both bikes fit in the house. I'm sure they couldn't go through all that again.
    Love from Mum

  • At 2:48 AM, Blogger Jo said…

    Thank you.

    Yes they did call the police. To add insult to injury, the police think they know who is responsible - but they need hard evidence to do anything about it. Grrrrrrr


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