LIKE many victims of crime Peter Locke blames himself for not ensuring his office was locked while he mowed the lawn.
However Mr Locke couldn’t have guessed thieves would be enter the office of his Summer Street premises, only metres away from were he worked, to steal the laptop he used to run his business, A Colourcity Apartments.
“I feel stupid but I also feel disappointed,” Mr Locke said.
“It’s so simple I could have just locked the door but they obviously knew what they were doing.”
Mr Locke said he was mowing the lawn on the Hamer Street side of his block when the thieves entered via Summer Street some time between 3.30pm and 4pm on Tuesday.
“I couldn’t believe it, I could have walked back in anytime to get a tool or a soft drink.”
Mr Locke said while the HP laptop is of little monetary value to the thieves, the information it contains is vital to the running of his business.
“It’s got a database with 1400 names and spread sheets with bookings and payments and email inquiries,” he said.
Mr Locke said he hadn’t kept copies of the information but “will from now on”.
“We’d really love to get it back,” he said.
“If I get it back in the next three days then there will be no recriminations,” he said.
“If I don’t get it back soon then I’ll offer a $2000 reward but who ever took it will have to face the consequences.”
Mr Locke said he has no idea who was responsible for theft but wants to warn other people to be vigilant about security, even when they’re in their own yard.