Followers of my blog will know that I had my wallet stolen on a busy bus in Copenhagen last week. Somebody unzipped my handbag and took it while I was sitting with a child on my knee. It was around 16.30 on Friday afternoon.
I realised pretty quickly what had happened, but was paralysed for a couple of minutes before I reacted. I just couldn’t believe it. We told the bus driver who made an announcement, but by then most people had already got off. Still, we had a lot of information to report to the police – or so we thought.
When my husband called Kobenhavn Politi from the bus to report the crime (about five minutes after it had happened) the response was… email us. As soon as we got home, we filled in a crime report on-line. I followed it up with a personal email.
The weekend came and went, Monday too. Then finally yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) I called Copenhagen police myself. A helpful woman asked me to resend the emails and said she would get back to me. She did – with this email…
So even though I knew on which bus route I was travelling and the approximate time of the theft; even though we’d told the bus driver and could see there was a camera on board, Copenhagen Police say there’s nothing they can do. It’s up to me – a victim of crime – to investigate this myself. So where is Sarah Lund when you need her?
I keep reminding myself of the kind gesture made by one of the passengers. She offered me 200 kroner as I was getting off the bus. That was really touching.
Well my dear, what was it Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, ” Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”
Oh don’t say that Poul! But I’m not very impressed with the police service here. Makes the UK look great!