In a bag you have your phone, keys, bank cards, notebooks, diary and stuff.
What you really care about is: phone for your personal data & the keys to not be able to be traced back to the roof you are sharing for your friend's safety.
The rest is materialistic, unnecessary to keep forever anyway.
It happened that I left a gift of Moroccan sweets at work just before so I picked them up this morning thinking through last night events.
Someone stole my bag and only things I did care to recover were phone & keys for reasons mentioned above.
A minute of distraction & it is gone. Easy. I had no battery on the phone. Suddenly I wake up thinking I need to do something. No possibility to call my service provider and not even to call my bank. After the decision to track my phone I discover that it is now charged and on the go around Camden Town.
The police being as useful as ever, I had to use my awesome sarcasm to get a "pardon me?". We kind of decided to go for it because they did not want to log the crime report straight away.
When we arrived at the location we had 2 options: a car & a tent in the snow. We tried the car first and they acted strange, however it was not them. The locator was clearly pointing at the street and someone in a house would not have taken this risk. We went to ask through the tent. 2 girls were staying there, they were awake with a bicycle outside.
The phone came back to our hands and I do not wish to go into details about how it happened.
Now I came back home and going back to that picture of the Moroccan sweets, I had a vision and suddenly asked myself what is the only function you can do if the phone is locked? So I decided to look at the photos most recently taken. The girl had taken pictures of herself.
What do I do, she looks pretty bad, and is living in terrible conditions.
Even if I am still not at a level I can fully say I sorted out my life, I feel there are ways to help.
According to the Metropolitan Police Service it is totally fine:
-That someone is stealing from you,
-That because the police does not want to intervene you have to put your life in danger to get to BUY your own privacy back.
-That the person who stole from you is selling your phone/data/privacy to you to buy more drugs
- According to the police, the fact that the person also has your keys and address is not threatening your everyday safety.
-Finally, it is even more safe that this person is local to the area where you live/work/study & knows your face because you had to confront them yourself.
- (not saying that they tried to make me agree to a very different scenario from what I was describing).
- By the way: they did not wish to take any report (not even 1 word written down) while I had pictures of the person, witnesses, and tracked movements + I could point at which CCTV systems to watch.
I was not expecting a lot from them but I wanted to have a report for my bank as the person also used my card to make a couple of transactions. Or at least try to do something so that this would not be repeated. I wish I followed my intuition & recorded it.