Part Two – Fear is Not an Illusion

It’s not an illusion and it’s contagious!

In the previous article I spoke of returning from holiday and finding our home had been burgled. I quoted something I’d read ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself‘. In my article I disagreed with the statement. However, in retrospect I probably read the quote out of context. Nonetheless,  I still disagree. 

A few weeks ago, good friends of mine, a young family, were burgled. Their home was broken into during the night while they were sleeping.  Fortunately, the two younger children were away at a sleepover.

3 Masked men

The family was woken by three men who each wore a balaclava and carried iron bars. Both parents and the eldest child were pulled from their beds. The father was pinned to the floor with an iron bar while the mother was dragged around the house until she handed over her jewellery.

The fear this family experienced during this terrifying ordeal was very real and it was an ordeal that continues to torment them today, with night terrors, nightmares and a fear of falling asleep.

Close friends and family were informed of the break in and in turn they too began to feel the fear, because as we all know fear is contagious. Other young parents now had to face concerns for their safety and home security. Young fathers became anxious about leaving the family alone and young mothers feared for their children while not daring to close their eyes at night.

The three men left behind DNA and this has led to a positive identification, however, as yet their whereabouts are unknown. Nevertheless, the police are certain the perpetrators will be caught and because the offence is classed as aggravated burglary, they should expect to face prison sentences of between ten and fifteen years each.

Aggravated burglary is entering someone’s house to steal something with the intent to commit another crime or while using or carrying a weapon.

I hear there are those who would see them tethered, chained up and never let loose again. As for me,  I can understand where they’re coming from on this, but I’m still on the fence!

Article linked to the Daily Word-prompt Tether


6 thoughts on “Part Two – Fear is Not an Illusion

  1. I’m so sorry you had a burglary. When I was a young girl my childhood home was robbed, too, but we weren’t home. However, they really destroyed the inside of the house. We were all justifiably scared for a while. I’m so sorry about your friend. I hope her family will heal soon.

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  2. I’m not a fence sitter on this subject. Such blatant disregard for the rights and privacy of one’s own fellow beings deserves a near total disregard of the perpetrators rights. Prison with a healthy basic diet, hard physical labour to the good of the community, education, but no frills. That is all!

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