Dealing with the chaos of a thief, can take a great deal of time to resolve. After getting over the initial shook that my vehicle was stolen, and realizing that I would not make my midnight bike ride I had to make my way to the police station. I could not get anyone on the phone to make a report. I did not way to delay. After filling the police report, I called my insurance. I then called one of my girls. She calmed me down. It is the worse feeling to be robbed. It is as if you have no control.
I was blessed to get my vehicle back the following day. A nice police officer who was scanning plates noticed my tag came up. He called me and waited for me to come. My car had minor damage to body. It also smelled like gas as whoever stole it had a generator in the cab of my vehicle. It had wasted gas everywhere.
Without any clear indication of who stole my car there will be no arrests. The police after I spend time looking at video evidence said it was not enough evidence to pursue. I actually saw the two young men take my vehicle out of the parking lot where I live on the footage from the parking lot. They had masks on. I am sure the masks were not due to COVID. Since they had masks on there was no way to identify the men. So they will just steal from someone else. The psychological effects after burglary I read are anger, shock, worry and fear. Many victims experience depression and/or anxiety, with many reporting difficulties sleeping. I can attest to feeling down, and anxiety. I thought my place in the South Loop in Chicago was safe. I considered my parking lot to be one of the safest as before COVID-19 there was always an attendant on duty.
Not to mention one week later someone stole and vandalized packages from our management office. So I am missing masks, and my Honey Stinger apparel that was delivered to me this weekend. Add that to the items that were missing from my car it is disheartening.
Things that I have read that benefit victims of theif
- Talk to someone you trust
- Breathe, and try to relax. As one thing that 2020 has proven to us all is we are not in control.
- Get back into a routine. That was somewhat easy for me as the following day was my birthday and I had to do something to celebrate
- Take care of your health, I was forced to as I had matter related to my endurance training that could not be ignored
- Do what you can do to prevent it from happening again. It helps to have good insurance. I recommend State Farm. They have never failed me when I needed to use my insurance.