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ActionFoundry says

Sitting in the sun with my laptop planning projects and talking with people about potential jobs I ended up with a pretty good plan. So after 11 days of pure bliss in Turkey I come home.

Walking through the (unlocked) door at 4am I see bank statements, papers, business cards and just general havock in the hall. It felt like minuets before I bolted into the first room.
Nothing, thousands of pounds worth of hifi gone. The next room; home surround sound system and TV gone. The next, mine; monitor gone, computer thrown across the floor. “Rainy day” money gone.
I walk into my young brother’s and sister’s rooms… everything uprooted.
My parents room… All jewelry gone, everything emptied on the floor. The clarinet my mother has had since she was 11 gone.

£25K + of stolen items and damages. The things I’ve lost doesn’t sadden me even half as much as the cries I heard form my 12 year old sister and mother that morning.

I’ve lost all inspiration for what I once wanted to do.
What do I do?

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aaranmcguire says

File a police report (may seem obvious but many people dont report it because they think nothing will happen), call your insurance and file a claim.

It may be useful to look up auction sites as well, is if you can see any of your items.

EDIT : Invest in some security, a lot of pople get robbed again because they know you will have new stuff, and they already know where everything should be.

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trendyWebStar says

File a police report (may seem obvious but many people dont report it because they think nothing will happen), call your insurance and file a claim.

It may be useful to look up auction sites as well, is if you can see any of your items.

EDIT : Invest in some security, a lot of pople get robbed again because they know you will have new stuff, and they already know where everything should be.

+1

P.S. And find the bastard that robbed you…and teach him a lesson !

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ActionFoundry says

File a police report (may seem obvious but many people dont report it because they think nothing will happen), call your insurance and file a claim.

It may be useful to look up auction sites as well, is if you can see any of your items.

EDIT : Invest in some security, a lot of pople get robbed again because they know you will have new stuff, and they already know where everything should be.

Police have been, they’ve checked for finger prints, shoe prints etc. Insurance will be done once the ever growing list is done.

As I said, it’s not the stuff. Most of that can be replaced. I just want a way of getting back to normal.

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

Did any of the laptops have any tracking software? Or did any of them have iCloud or something similar installed? It might sound like a bit of Captain Hindsight talking, but people, this stuff works. You could try and see if any of the accounts that you might auto-login to on any stolen machines get logged into (i.e. Gmail has a list of recent logins by IP), that might give you a lead.

Furthermore I guess Aaran really said it all; file a police report, get your insurance down there as soon as you can (for break-in damages, it always helps if they get there before the major cleanup) and keep an eye on auction sites..

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ActionFoundry says

+1 P.S. And find the bastard that robbed you…and teach him a lesson !

It was a whole crew of bastards. They even had the audacity to park their van on our drive!

and unfortunately the computers that were taken were the property of the less tech savvy part of my family. The main computers had tracking on them but they left those for some reason.

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aaranmcguire says

Something you may find interesting, is SmartWater, the police recommend it for assisting recovery of items (it helps identifying). You can use it on your TV’s, Computers, etc…

Also, I recommend Lojack, very smart software for tracking, and even if the thefts take out the HDD it can get reinstalled via the BIOS (only certain modals can do this, but its extremely smart.)

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