I was working today at Yokine, Perth at a lovely little street building a deck in the Nex gen Decking brand. The house was brand new and the clients very nice. The days I work it rained and it was sunny, a bitter day to be working outdoors really however I soldiered on.
I am pretty big on security and locking my ute and keeping my valuables taken care of however on this day I got pretty slack as I assumed that nothing would happen as I was working at the front of the house. However it started raining and decided to work at the back of the house under the Alfresco. At this point I did not pay attention to the fact that my bag with my iPad and quote book was in the Ute and I had left my window slightly down.
I did not think anything of it at all however I did bring my tools closer to where I was working but totally forgot about my bag. While working at the back Alfresco I receive a call from a guy that knew my name. My first reaction was it was from an ad which has my name. But this guy mentioned my ID card that he had and a bag. I got confused ? What was this guy going on about. I started walking to the ute and lo and behold my bag was gone. Shocked I was….. the passenger door was locked however the driver’s side had the window down and the door unlocked. Now I am not aware of leaving the door unlocked however knew I left the window down to let some air in.
I have never been devastated that something like this would occur to me! I scrambled around calling banks and disabling credit cards.
The guy who had my ID told me where he lived so that I could pick up what was he had found. Oh I forgot to mention how this guy found my driver’s license. He was on his way home and saw the bag on the side of the road and his first reaction was that it must have fallen off the ute however after discussing with him realised it was pinched. He also found a ladies handbag and a plumbers wallet. It looks like these thieves went out on the town.
So after 2 hours later the only damage that was made was a stolen iPad and $150 taken off the debit card which will be reimbursed to me by the fraud dept. However what it has made be be wary of is no matter how nice the street looks security is very important no matter how much you think it may not happen. These guys prey on tradies who leave their ute open and tools laying around especially if you are working on your own.
It was my fault and I do not blame anyone but me to put myself in that situation. At the end of the day I can get a new iPad and continue working. It is just a bummer it happened on an already gloomy day.