It's been a bad day (please don't take a picture)

Falkenberg Travel Blog

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Laholm
The sunday started early. We didn't had any special plans just relaxing and strolling around Laholm and the surrounding a bit before we head further north the next day.

Laholm is famous for its salmon river "Lagan" and I've been there before with my ex some years ago. It's a small town and the old town is very nice. Some nice fountains and sculptures bestride it. We bought some cake in a bakery and decided to drive the small coast road to Halmstad and Falkenberg.

We visited a wind mill which looked so nice along the way and then we tried to find one of the famous beaches there. It wasn't easy but somehow I found a tiny road which lead us to a beach.
Laholm
There was a small parking place next to some summer cottages and I parked the car. There weren't many people around and it looked so peaceful there therefore I thought it might be safe to leave the heavy camera equipment bag in the car. I concealed it and I just took the camera and 1 lense with me. So, we headed off to the beach.

When we came back after 1 hour or so I immediately recognized that there was something wrong with the car. One window was broken and the door was open. We started running. I recognized that the bag with the camera equipment was gone and the bag with the documents for the dog, too. I was so angry!! About the thieves and about me, too that I left the things in the car.

We ran down the road to check if the thieves were still around but they were gone. The next thing was to ask the people who lived in the summer cottages if they've seen anything and where we can find the next police station.
Laholm
One couple, who was working in the garden, saw a white car turning around behind my camper. They said it was only a few seconds. A few seconds and a camera equipment for nearly 1,000 € disappeared.

OK, we couldn't change it now. We checked if more has been stolen but it wasn't. So, we still had the camera, our money, credit cards, iPod and documents.

The next police station was in Falkenberg, about 35 km away from the crime scene. The police station was closed since it was sunday afternoon but I rang the door bell and after a while a police officer opened the door. He wasn't pleased to be disturbed but he wrote down the report. It wasn't easy for me to describe where the robbery took place. There were no road signs and he showed me a map of the area. All I knew was that there was a marina.
A wind mill somewhere along the road
He told me that it was close to the village of Tylösand. Fine, Tylösand is a famous place for the rich swedish people like it's Sylt for the germans. Now I understood why the thieves strolled around there in the wilderness.

The police officer told me that it'll be hard to find the thieves. Since a few years Sweden has big problems with rumanian gangs. Since the european borders are open lots of them come to Scandinavia to snitch everything they can get. If the police catches some of them they are deported home to Rumania but they are back before you can even twinkle. My advice: Don't leave anything in the car!!!!

To make the day worse it started raining. It wasn't just a rain, it was like a deluge. We found a campground in Falkenberg since the police officer told me that there's a car glass repair in town were we wanted to go on monday morning.
sarahsan says:
I´m very glad to hear that you will visit Scandinavia again. Just be careful with your valuables! Welcome back!
Posted on: Jan 23, 2010
aloneinthecrowd says:
@ Sarah, I travel Scandinavia for 20 years now and this was my only bad experience. Fingers crossed it'll be the only one because I'll come back often ;)
Posted on: Jan 23, 2010
sarahsan says:
So sorry to read about your bad experience Jutta! Unfortunately we have the same problems with rumanian gangs in Norway. To Huibs comment I can only say: Lock your car wherever you are and NEVER leave any valuables in it!
Posted on: Jan 23, 2010
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bearded stones
bearded stones
celebrating a bad day
celebrating a bad day
tired after an exciting day
tired after an exciting day
the broken window
the broken window
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