I was robbed… Literally

How it happened and one thing I learned from it

Photo Credit: Josh Couch on Unsplash

Towards the end of summer 2019, I was robbed in my house in Brooklyn. The story goes like this; I came home at around 3 am, and decided to lay on the couch in the living room with my laptop, and started watching YouTube. Then I fell asleep on the couch with the laptop on my belly and my phone next to me. Since I came home really late, I slept like a log.

When I woke up in the morning, I naturally looked for my phone and couldn’t find it. I walked around the house and looked everywhere, but my phone was gone. My roommate realized that our Xbox under the TV was gone as well. I then remembered I had my laptop with me and it was gone too. That’s when I got really frustrated, but didn’t lose my mind. I think I handled the first shock well, kept my cool. I also tried to figure out how that could happen to me but it didn’t make sense at all.

I immediately called 911 to file a police report. Two young police officers came to my house in an hour. I explained the situation and filed a report. There was a security camera next door, and we found out that there were two guys but their faces were covered. So I wasn’t expecting the NYPD to catch the guys and find my stuff. I was really mad for two days. I was unable to stomach what happened to me. I wished I’d heard the noise, woke up and choked the guys out, so that I could call the cops on them. But my roommates said I was lucky that I didn’t wake up and nothing worse happened to me. Now that I look back, they were actually right because I don’t think those guys were mentally stable and they might have had something on them.

It was one week before my first class of the semester and I needed my laptop to be able to do the class work. I didn’t have money to afford another MacBook but my dad did what he does best, which is being there for me, and bought me a brand new one. I will be forever grateful for that.

Back up everything!

Thankfully I didn’t lose any information either on my phone or on my laptop. I lost the two of my most valuable items back then, but I didn’t lose any important documents. That’s because I back up my phone on a regular basis, also all of my documents are stored online. One thing I learned from being robbed is one should back up everything. You really don’t know what can happen to you, it’s best to be always prepared. Back up today, don’t regret later.

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