I was typing some notes up on my laptop when I heard a really loud knock on the front door, so I looked out of the window and saw a man. There was a white van parked in our driveway too. Anyway I had to get changed before answering the door, so was a bit slow in opening it.
When I got outside I saw that the side gate was open (it is always locked and bolted) and could not see the man anywhere, but his van was still there. I went upstairs and called the police; they asked me to look out of the window and see what the man was doing in the back/ round the side. Anyway before I could two men had come out of the side gate and onto the driveway, they kept looking around for something/ someone (I think they may have heard me) and drove off in their van. Basically one had knocked on the door, while the other climbed over the side gate and unlocked it.
I called the police and they came round to interview me, spoke to some of the neighbours and are now investigating, but I'm still shaking. I literally was standing in my study with a metal bar waiting for the two men to come upstairs, but fortunately they didn't.
Any ideas how I can calm myself down?
Also I need to go out in a few hours and I really don't know what to do because all of my stuff is in the house and it would be awful if anything was stolen. What should I do? Should I take my laptop to my grandparents house, which isn't far away?
I'd doubt they'll come back, I wouldn't worry about it too much. They've got the fear now.
As for calming yourself down - do something physical for 20/30 mins, it'll help!
Also, kudos for waiting with a metal bar!
This is my worst nightmare! You handled it well. I'd just sit down and watch something calming on TV or read a book.
You did the right thing, it is pretty doubtful they will try the same house twice so don't worry.
dude you know martial arts why are you worried
I had some guy break into my house while my girlfriend was there. I got sliced up a bit on my wrist, arm and neck, but eventually the guy was arrested by 11 cops.
It takes a while for normality to return, but it does eventually. Chill out for a bit and try to take your mind off it.
well done be strong!!, SCUM OF THE EARTH THESE PEOPLE ARE!
Yeah, it's not a nice experience.
Happened to me a year ago. Three guys broke straight in through the back door with a knife and baseball bat and robbed my laptop from me.
I have a 22 rifle in my apartment and wouldn't hesitate to use it. If there ends up being a body then it gets shifted. Nobody misses these types of people.
I wouldnt worry about it being a practice run. Most burglaries are spontaneous things, as others have said they'd be unlikely to come back.