Somebody went straight through my back door one day last week, and ran off with inter alia an ancient laptop, some new shirts and some new socks. They rejected my digital camera, and my Minolta SLR camera. Strange bunch these SE1 burglars.
The policeman said they'd probably come from St Mungo's, which is very close to my house. What is St Mungo's? And whatever it might be, what can I do to get rid of it?
'Tis still me, O Red-Bagged Cat Lover. Recreated with a definite article & a different computer...
Shamed into Googling, there's no sign of a Mungo in my part of town - according to their website. I don't doubt that the policeman was correct though. (Sorry, Sir, you've been broken into by somebody on a mix of crack cocaine & heroin, there are no fingerprints, there is nothing we can do. Here is your crime reference number, a booklet on helping the victims of crime is on its way to you.) He made it quite clear that concentrating homeless people into a hostel gave rise to a crime hotspot. No surprise there, is there? However do they get planning permission?
To the credit of the police, they turned up sharpish. I discovered it at midnight, and asked them to come the following morning (they said they would have been there within the hour). They were there just before 8am. The fingerprint expert arrived at 9am.
My manners have gone downhill - I should have said sorry to hear about the theft in my first post.
[The criminal mind is a strange thing. I once recovered over £100 worth of readily saleable books that I left in the back of a Scottish taxi, but the next fare had only stolen two new pairs of heavyweight walking socks!]