A Real Life Example that Shows the Importance of Safes

August 10th, 2015

Theives In the hit movie Fight Club, the film’s antagonist Tyler Durden says, “The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” That is a certainly a nihilistic statement, but it makes sense; we place  a lot of value into the things that we own that they end up owning us. Is that really a bad thing though? Do we want to be truly free? We’re probably getting a little too philosophical here, but our main point is that we care about the things that we own; they are, to put it mildly, how we make our mark on this world. They are our fossil record, what we pass along to future generations, our heirlooms, what we worked so hard in this life to acquire, own, and hold onto?

 

If possessions are indeed frivolous, as Tyler Durden seems to be suggesting, why are people so shattered and heartbroken when they lose those items, either by burglary or debt? The answer is simple: possessions aren’t frivolous. Try telling that to this couple in Waikato, New Zealand, who recently had centuries of heirlooms stolen over the course of a night.

 

Maybe not centuries of heirlooms, but definitely a century of heirlooms were stolen from the home of Carol and Alan Way during daylight hours. In the Waikato Times, Phillipa Yalden writes, “Thieves went through very room, drunk juice from the fridge, and smashed down the locked Rimu door of the couple’s bedroom to swipe family jewelry and heirlooms dating back four generations. She [Carol] believes the thieves must have been in the house long enough to rummage through each room, loading items into bags and even hunting down a vintage bottle of homebrew brandy. A half-drunk carton of apple juice from the fridge was found strewn by the creek.”

 

SafesThe thieves picked the house clean, like a carrion bird picking apart the body of some dead animal. There was nothing left. Their entire history of emotions and family were swiped by burglars and the couple is in a state of shock, as if they lost a large chunk of themselves. Now they’re suffering from their loss, knowing something is beating inside their heart, a memory, an item, but when they try to grab it, there’s nothing there. In Carol’s words, “I am absolutely, even the cameo brooch I wore at my mother’s funeral is gone, everything has a memory to them.” That’s what we always say  Value Safes – everything has a memory to them. That’s why it’s ultra-important to make sure they are in a secure and safe location. Unfortunately, Carol and Alan did not have one of our safes. If they did, they would still have their treasured items.

 

Other items that were stolen include memorabilia from ‘Moody’s Milkbar’, a store that Carol’s father opened up in 1947, an old-fashioned tin with racing horses on the front, the etched Fob watch engraved with Carol’s great grandmother’s initials, a pendant from her great grandfather’s collection, a stack of Kathmandu jackets, and more. Literally, a treasure trove of important family items, things that can’t ever be replaced. The couple is working with local police and reaching out on social media to try to get to the bottom of this mess and hopefully get their family history back.

 

At Value Safes, we make sure that this kind of tragedy will never happen to you. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

 

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