Anthea Turner has been hit by her third theft in just two months.
The TV presenter, 60, took to Instagram to tell her fans to be more careful and call for more CCTV to be installed to protect people from thieves.
Anthea has had her bicycle stolen from outside a church, her iPhone pinched from her handbag and the back windscreen of her car smashed so that a thief could get their hands on her holdall, which had a designer handbag inside.
Sharing a picture of her smashed-up car, her bike and an iPhone, she wrote: “There’s a latin phrase “omne trium perfectum” everything that comes in three is perfect. Well not ‘Perfect’ but maybe it ends my thieving bad luck?
“After years and years of theft free living in the spate of 2 months my beautiful locked Boardman Ladies bike was pinched from outside a church in Bishops Park Fulham, my iPhone from my bag in a swimwear shop on The Kings Road and last week the back screen of my car was smashed in and the thieves retrieved a holdall from the boot.
“Petty UK crime stats are CRAZY – 1,222 phones a day are pinched over a quarter of a million bikes a year are stolen, with the same number of cars being broken in to. And guess what? The figures are going up.”
She explained: “On no occasion was I negligent I was just going about my ‘life’. Last Tuesday I’d been working and had a few things with me on the way home called into a restaurant in Richmond with Mark to meet up with Amelia and Claudia – think I was being watched – got out of the car and popped my bag out of sight into the boot, taking just my handbag with me, all very normal.
“There was nothing in the bag instantly saleable just personal effects which meant something to me especially the Mulberry bag and Filofax which I’d bought in the 90’s when I started earning a bit of money.
“Coat, makeup hairdryer, brushes, glasses, shoes, etc all the girl stuff. After a lovely evening catching up we returned to a horrific mess and my things gone. There are worse things that happen I know, but the violation of your world is emotionally disturbing and the sadness you feel not just for yourself but all of our lives is sickening.”
Anthea said she wants people to think more about their personal security to avoid becoming victims of theft themselves.
She added: “We have to take our personal security up a notch NEVER assuming your possessions are safe in the ‘normal’ way. But we need help, more CCTV cameras that are freaking working are a must and for bikes sophisticated racks that lock your bike in.
“DYK thieves use portable angle grinders that get through a D-locks in minutes? Yes it’s that bad. So many trips I’d happily make on my bike but now hesitant because I’m scared of it being nicked – There are some badly wired humans out there who want to steal bits of your life and our vulnerability to them is getting worse.”
Her fans were shocked by what had happened, and some shared their own experiences.
One commented: “We stupidly left an overnight bag in the front our car (a very nice car) got back, door glass smashed and bag stolen. BUT I’d gone out straight from work and all that was in was my used underwear and a Primark t shirt”
“So sorry to hear this lovely. Some human beings are so despicable,” another told her.