Pursuant to last evening's post, it occurs that I may not be the only person who has been victimized by would be purchasers/recipients of goods. Perhaps others have had break-ins or been robbed subsequent to selling something on-line but they may not have made the connection. They may not have reported the crime because it appears that theft, robbery and property damage is under reported.
What a perfect way for a thief to scope-out a prospective hit. In fact, I was surprised when I picked up a free item offered on Used Ottawa last week that the people asked me to come on a certain day because the next day, they would be away all day long. If this isn't an invitation to someone with malice and greed on their mind, I don't know what is.
I must explain that I believe that the perp is someone who came recently to this house because no other people have been by and a stranger would not simply be trying doors and going up stairs to see what was there. No, the person who stole three pairs of boots knew that they were there and he returned for them.
Despite reporting the theft to the police, they seem intent on collecting statistics rather than solving the crime. I have the email of the people who've been here to pick up items over the past week. I can isolate the person who I believe is the perpetrator. All they have to do is to find out if he has a history of theft or if he is a junkie.
When I had a vehicle stolen a year ago from my garage behind my house, the police were slow to act. It wasn't until the press got interested in the fact that hundreds of vehicles had been stolen over several months that things started to evolve.
With this in mind, I wrote to our national broadcaster today and outlined the situation. I will write to other media over the weekend and see if any of them can see an angle. To me, it is about public service and the press owe it to the community to inform people about a potential problem.
Here's what I sent: