I got home from work this evening and immediately noticed that something wasn't quite right. My laptop bag was sitting in the middle of the hall floor and I knew I hadn't left it there.
Walking into the sitting room my worst fears were realised - the TV was gone, as was my MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Kindle and of course my iMac. (Guess I've got a lot of Apple products - or at least I did!)
The house had been burgled!
The crazy thing is that this happened when I was actually in the country and in fact only a kilometre or so away from the house over in our offices.
So most of this evening has been spent talking to the local gardai (Irish police) and giving statements etc.,
The "funny" thing is that due to whatever way they staff the local police station the 3 gardai (police officers) who called out to me this evening were all plain clothes officers from the local drug unit. So my "experience" was added to by having 3 members of the drug squad in my sitting room this evening.
Tomorrow I should be getting a visit from other gardai, but I honestly doubt if I'll get back any of the stolen goods. They're probably long gone at this stage.
So tomorrow will probably involve lots of phone calls to insurance companies, gardai, landlords, lock smiths and possibly a trip to local electronics shop to get a replacement TV (the computers will have to wait and I'll survive for now on my old MacBook Pro - assuming it doesn't burn me too badly when it starts overheating!)
I feel quite violated. Having your home, your private space, invaded by strangers is very disturbing. I've lived in "high risk" locations in the past where the contents of the building were deemed to be "attractive" targets for robbers, though we always assumed that anyone coming after a bunch of Flemish paintings wouldn't be that dangerous.
Having at least two and possibly more thieves in my personal space is uncomfortable.
So now I can add burglary to my checklist of "life experiences"