B & E is alive and well
Over the bank holiday weekend some lovely people decided to go on a little breaking and entering spree around town. We were among the many places that were hit in the early hours of the morning. Luckily nothing was taken as all of our photographic equipment and the computers were not on the premises (we tend to take them home with us at the end of the day).
Random acts of stupidity
There doesn't seem to have been any pattern to these break ins. Our friend Hayden had the front window of his wonderful little cafe The Coffee Counter smashed and a little petty cash taken. Our neighbour on Ship Street, Elite Menswear, who stock some great shirts, also had their window broken but like us nothing was taken. Then while having my haircut by Aaron the next day at Franco's Barbers, he's great with the scissors and does a mean beard trim, he showed me some footage of two people breaking through the door of All Saints at the bottom of the road taken the same day. Clearly they didn't care where they hit or who saw them.
Enter the Girls in Blue
Over the years I've had to deal with the Police a fair few times, not due to any bad behaviour on my part so far. Each time the scene of crime officer has been amazing, polite, reassuring, meticulous and female. This time was no exception. Where they'd smashed a window upstairs from us there were blood smears. She told us it was likely they were addicts looking for cash and couldn't care less about getting caught. Her suggestion was that they were likely on a massive bender before expecting to be caught and sent back to prison where they'd get food and shelter. Makes you think how lucky you are, in some respects.
Security is Key
One thing this experience taught us was our security needed improving. Once the police had been we immediately started looking for a new and stronger door. We sourced a solid wood security/fire door from Travis Perkins (they keep doing us the best deals) and our friend Paul came and fitted it, adding additional locks and a spy hole for good measure. We're now as secure as Fort Knox, handy now we're getting enquiries from some new prospective jewellery shops in The Lanes like Rina Tairo, who have some unique and amazing pieces of handcrafted jewellery available in-store and through their website.
Seeing the Silver Lining
After the new doors were fitted and we had a little tidy up we were back in business, frustrated by the delay but wiser for the experience. Initially we'd felt hugely pissed off about the expense and the delay the break in had caused. Now we're glad in a way. It could have been worse. They could have caused more damage, smashed up the cyclorama and studio lights. We could have left the cameras and computers in the office, which would have been stolen. Although our insurance would have covered their replacement, we'd have lost a lot more time and all of the personal stuff we have on our laptops. So we were lucky and now we're more confident about our security and more determined to succeed. It's adversity that makes us stronger after all.
So onwards and upwards. Next up we'll let you know how some of the client shoots go that we have lined up in the next few weeks.
Greg & Justin