I got robbed – but am still grateful

I wrote this post within hours of discovering I was robbed, and it is still how I feel. I wrote because I needed to. I had spoken to my dad and was waiting for police. I needed to do this for me, to help me. The gratitude I wrote at the end has helped a lot this week, as has the support from everyone who knows me both online and in real life. Thank you!

I was robbed. I came home Saturday night and I knew, before I even stepped in the house. I had a feeling I had been robbed. I felt it as I pulled up to my house although there were no obvious signs.

I pulled into my drive, opened the gate and parked my car. I got my kids out of the car and as I turned to the house I saw my side gate was open. I knew I didn’t leave it open, but wondered (hoped) the windy weather that was going on when I left had blown it open. Not likely with a secure, Colourbond fence, but I didn’t want to freak out.

As I approached my back step I was listening for any sounds. It was almost midnight and it was silent. To my left I noticed a plastic bag of something on the ground. Before I even pulled up I had seen what looked like the remains of firecrackers in my street, so I wondered if that bag was rubbish and kids had been using my backyard while I was away. That would make sense as to why the gate was open.

I unlocked the house and turned my lights on. Nothing was out of place that I noticed immediately. My kids ran inside and I turned to pick up the bag and check what it was. As soon as I touched it I knew.

This bag had my leather jacket and a few other clothing items in it. My stomach dropped. I went inside and walked up to my room. I nearly passed out and threw up at the same time. ALL my clothes, perfumes, my jewelry box, shoes, EVERYHING was gone. I had no wardrobe so all my dresses had been hanging off the curtain rod, not visible from the street, but completely noticeable when you walked in the room.

I ran to my daughter’s rooms, they were already asleep and nothing was out of place. I went back to my room, pulled open the drawers to my tallboy and saw even my underwear had been stolen.

Now, I without meaning to sound up myself, my wardrobe consisted of Cue, Sheike, Honey Birdette and brands like that. I had some Target thrown in, but quite a few expensive, corporate style items and no cheap underwear. I felt like I had been watched. Only 2 weeks ago I started wearing my nice clothes daily. I only moved into this house 1 week ago. EXACTLY 1 week.

I called the police immediately and broke down in tears. I had just moved here. I have recently been severely stalked so moved and virtually no one had been told my address. I am going through court over an AVO and I know that person didn’t do this, but it makes me sick that only MY things were taken and I feel like someone else has been watching me.

I don’t own a TV, there was no stereo, computer or other electronics brought into the house, so thankfully I don’t think there is anything for them to come back for and when I claim through insurance, I had no desire to replace my items exactly because I do not feel safe here.

My lease here is only 3 months. A big part of me wants to leave right now, but another part of me feels unsafe everywhere do to recent events. I had felt safe here. My kids loved this house and I had finally relaxed enough that I was sleeping through the night. I cannot even remember the last time I did that.

Now I am up at 2am waiting for the police to arrive because I have been robbed. I am hoping things go smoothly with insurance. I am hoping nothing else happens because in the past month I have had some horrible things happen resulting in charges and AVO’s, now a robbery. I try to be positive about things, but the amount of crime I have been subjected to in the last month is more than I can bear.

Because I do try to look at the positives, while this is a horrible situation, here are the positives:

– My daughters and I were not home. They have no clue anything happened and nothing more sinister happened because we were not here. I cannot express how truly grateful I am for that. We were not hurt and it is only STUFF that was taken.

– I have insurance.

– With the first instance that I needed police assistance I met a great officer and happened to run straight into him outside the police station next time I needed assistance and he has been so patient and helpful. I am extremely grateful for that.

– I have so many supportive friends and family. I posted on Facebook I had been robbed and instantly had a friend offer to come pick up my daughters and I and let us sleep at her place. This was after midnight too. I had so much support instantly from lots of people and it was a relief to know so many cared and were there, ready and willing to help me.

– I had just been away for a photo shoot so I have a couple of changes of clothes. Had it happened when I went to the shops or something I would have nothing.

– My 3 most expensive rings were not in my jewelry box. My sister in law is a jeweler and we had discussed these items and some things I was thinking of doing with them, so I had taken them with me to Canberra.

– Stuff can be replaced.

– I don’t need to de-clutter now. I wont have guilt over throwing out an item I bought but never wore because I don’t have any clothes any more.

– I really, really, really, really love shopping. Yes, I will admit that. I am so bad with how much I love it. I am pretty tame when it comes to actually spending and am sharp with getting value for money/free stuff/only buying in sales/asking for a discount and only getting what I need. But I LOVE shopping, even just window-shopping. I now have a real reason to shop and there will be no quilt associated with any spending.

This whole month has been shocking, but I can find some positives to these negative situations.

Have you ever been robbed or had a really bad run of luck?

Just wanted to add the police and my insurance have been brilliant. I’ll update you as things go on, but I am pretty impressed with how it has all been handled.

9 thoughts on “I got robbed – but am still grateful

  1. Dear Kylie,
    I’m so so sorry to hear this. I was robbed in August – while we were all asleep actually and we didn’t hear anything. I know how awful it feels. Worst thing for us is that the laptop and camera were both stolen so I don’t have any newborn pics of my daughter, who was 10 weeks old at that point. http://skintinthecity.com/burglary/
    Like you however, I try to find the positives, of which there are many, the main one being that we are all fine. I totally agree with you – it’s all just stuff, and as long as family are okay none of it is a disaster. Still, it’s hard for you, especially with such a transitional time for you anyway. Sending you love and admiring your positive attitude so much, Skint x

  2. I’m really sorry to hear about what has been happening in your life of late. I seem to recall you are a Christian, I pray that your faith in Jesus will keep you strong during this rough patch of life.

  3. Hi Kylie,
    Praying for protection over you and your girls! I would not be thrilled to see my CUE clothes disappear as they are investment fashion wear. I’d check on Ebay to see if some of your clothes are being sold there – chances are the person who robbed you isn’t the same size as you and was looking for items to sell to get cash. Only a small chance. I’m sure the Police will do all they can to assist.

    You’ve been through the wars recently, but just know that after every Winter season, there is Spring which means new opportunities and new blessings. Keep your chin up. You’re doing so well and thank you for sharing about your life’s struggles and keeping it real! 😉

  4. Hello Kylie, Yes, that was so shocking but I am thankful that you and your family are safe… You are right, stuff can be change the most important thing is you are safe. I pray that you will always be safe. Hope this thing won’t happen to you again.

  5. Sorry to hear this.. I was robbed in Jan’12 just after the Christmas holidays. I was living in a granny flat in Baulkham Hills. Both my flat and the land lord’s house got robbed. I lost my camera & laptop and I didn’t even have any insurance. I heard the police nabbed the robber by tracking an iphone he stole from some other place on the same day.. But he never accepted the breaking in my place..they didn’t leave any finger prints..

    Your post reminded me how unsafe Sydney is..

  6. Thank you for all your support. It had been hard, but could have been much worse. I have been checking eBay and things for my stuff, but no luck so far. I am so grateful for how well the police have handled everything though and there is a suspect, so we’ll see what happens once prints come back.

  7. Hi Kylie, discovered your website today via your interview with PT money. I am so sorry for what happened and I have prayed for you. Your story seems familiar, I have also been stalked and robbed in the past and it just makes you feel so unsafe in the aftermath. But I am sure this is just bad luck happening to you, better times will come, trust me. A friend of mine had a horrible year in 2011 (got robbed, got seriously ill, lost her job) but landed her dream job in January 2012 and had a great time since then. Just keep God as your top priority and He will take care of you.

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