Victim relates shock and disbelief after thieves struck thrice
The sense of disbelief and violation is not minimised by the number of times you have had your motor vehicle stolen.
I should know, I have experienced that three times. Once with a Toyota Starlet and twice with a Honda Accord. Yes, the same car.
The Accord was stolen and left in a neighbouring community after the thieves noticed that the vehicle had developed mechanical problems. After I rehabilitated the vehicle it was stolen again from my home, I theorise by the same criminals.
This was several years ago, but I still vividly recall the shock and disbelief which made me rub my eyes, stare stupidly at the spot I was pretty sure I had left my car, even standing in the spot from which the car was stolen, looking at the tyre marks which confirmed that yes, I left my car here last night.
That initial shock is soon replaced by anger and a sense of being personally violated as I trek from police station to insurance company and back, giving statements, trying to prove I didn't steal my own car and yes, I did lock it up and arm the alarm system.
In all cases, the vehicle had comprehensive insurance so I was able to recover most of the value of the car, but not before the emotional upheaval that accompanies the loss of your property.
Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful that unlike other people I didn't look into the barrel of a gun or was thrown from the car. So I was comforted by that, however, the anger and the sense of violation were not diminished. Every time I was inconvenienced, every time I had to beg a drive, jump on a bus or every time friends and family asked me what happen to my car, I would again be filled with rage.
The Starlet was my first car so that helped to fuel the trauma and in the case of the Accord, I really liked that car. I'm sure I saw it on the road last week, but maybe that's just me not allowing the ghost to go away.