You take a risk: sometimes you win and sometimes you loose.
This past weekend, our first floor apartment was broken in to. They came through the back window (my bedroom) and ransacked all three bedrooms. Laptops, loose change, laundry quarters and small digital cameras were taken. It all happened in about 20 minutes, between when I left the house at 9pm and my roommates returned just before 9:30pm. We had clearly been cased since the motion-detector lights at the back of the apartment had been tampered with. Both bulbs had been unscrewed.
Besides the obvious feelings of violation and the strange rage at having my laundry quarters stolen (why I’m more upset by this than my laptop I don’t know), there is a sense of resignation … it’s almost peaceful in a weird way. What I’ve come to realize in the last 48 hours is that these are the risks we take when we live in a city. These are the risks we take when we choose to live in an area that is known for occasional break-ins. These are the risks we take when there’s an economic downturn and people are looking for easy money at the expense of others. The yogi in my also chimes in with the idea that these are the risks we take when we attach ourselves to material things.
I’m trying to see this as a great, cosmic lesson in non-attachment. It’s challenging because I can’t make sense of it. I can’t justify the actions of those who stole from us. (I tried at first and it rang false.) It sucks. It’s a sucky, sh*tty thing to happen and it was perpetrated by opportunistic a-holes. The best I can come up with is that it’s a risk. And we lost.
So where do we go from here? We met with our landlord who is going to be bumping up physical security around the apartment with everything from new door locks, new window locks and most likely bars on either the inside or outside the windows. The other thing that will happen is obtaining renter’s insurance. It was very foolish of us not to carry this beforehand and we are paying the price for our naivety.
While it’s unlikely the lightening will strike the same place twice, we will be further mitigating our risk with new security, insurance and a few other small changes to household rules. No risk can be totally neutralized but we’re moving forward with greater awareness, greater consciousness and greater preparedness. And that can only be a good thing.