Warning: Opportunist car thieves operating in Redland, Bristol
By Laura_Local | Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 13:03
I was unfortunate enough to fall vicitm to a theft last night and would urge Redland people, particularly those in the Gloucester Road area, to be vigilant.
Cassettes - no value to thieves but irreplaceable for me.
I awoke to find my car, which I park on my driveway, with the door open and some items missing - but if you're thinking Sat Nav, stereo, iPod etc think again cos what these mindless thieves took was a broken tent, a knackered old CD walkman and a box full of mix tapes and CDs, which I've collected from friends over the past decade or so.
These items are all but worthless to whoever nabbed them but for me they are more than 10 years of memories. Wellwishers have suggested I scour the local area, as it is most likely these will have been dumped somewhere - so I'll do that when I finish work later.
Police say never leave anything valuable on display and perhaps foolishly, I didn't think to extend this to things worth very little money but full of sentimental value - like a shoebox of tapes in the boot. It's pretty obvious from the outside that the 18 year old £300 car that I'm rocking with the original cassette deck and the cassettes scattered on the floor indicate there's no mod cons here.
Of course, I must take some of the blame as I left my battered £25 pop up tent on the back seat - in view of some sad, small town opportunist thief. I've had the tent for more than three years now and have used it for at least 20 festivals so you can imagine the state of it - all covered in mud, with missing pegs and a broken pole. Probably time for a new one anyway!
Besides, the tent can be replaced. What I can't replace are the 50 plus mix tapes and CDs made for me by friends past and present. Everything was in there - the first tape my first proper boyfriend made me, my 21st birthday tape from my best mate, the goodbye tape my best mate made me when she moved to New Zealand, a tape of songs by the local band I loved when I was 17, the best of Neil Young CD made for me by a knowledgeable friend after I fell for the Canadian legend at Glastonbury, the mix CDs that provided the soundtrack to my great American road trip a few years back. The list goes on. Totally irreplaceable.
On the plus side, they left my sleeping bag, can of Irn Bru and my tankard. And I'm guessing the immobiliser put pay to them stealing the actual car. Guess I'll have to lug everthing into my studio flat every night from now on. Grrr.
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