Victim Support case study – Jane and Mark’s Story
February 17, 2014
Jane: “Mark had taken the boys to football practice, whilst I was catching up on jobs around the house. I’d been going backwards and forwards hanging the washing out on the line, so I’d left the back door unlocked. I didn’t think anything of it, as we live in a quiet area and I often leave the door unlocked, especially when the boys are playing in the garden.
I went upstairs to strip the beds; I was probably upstairs for about 45 minutes and I had the radio playing so I didn’t hear anything. When I came back down to the kitchen I could see all the drawers had been pulled out. I was more shocked than anything and then I noticed the TV was missing from the wall. I was really worried someone may still be in the house so I went outside and called Mark, who managed to calm me down and told me to call the police.
When the police asked me what had happened I couldn’t tell them, and I had no idea what had been taken. It’s difficult to remember all the belongings you have in your house but I pictured things that were missing over time. It’s such a horrible feeling knowing someone has been inside your home, looking at your photos and robbing the things you’ve worked hard for.
After the police left, Victim Support contacted us. They gave us practical advice on how to make our home more secure. They also gave us an alarm to hang on the door handle and reminded us that we have a chain on the door and encouraged us to use it, so that we would see who was at the door before deciding to let them in.
Victim Support helped to restore our peace of mind and our sense of security. Since then we’ve started to lock the door and use the door chain, as a result we feel a lot more secure”.