Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

January 31, 2013

Another View: Take time to lock up property

This used to be a simple place to live. A simple place during a simple era.

But times have changed. Everybody knows that.

We live in a society with less regard for right and wrong. Our crimes rates have gone up, and there is more violent crime.

Some members of society have become hooked on powerful drugs. It is a problem right now in our community. Users of banned substances will steal and rob to pay for their addiction, which otherwise robs them of a normal means to earn a living.

That's why the Huron County Sheriff's Office reminded residents ... that they should lock their doors. Homes, garages, vehicles, sheds, they all contain valuables and should be locked up when we are not using them.

It's not that we don't trust our neighbors. We still do trust most of them.

It's that locked doors force criminals, looking for an easy way to steal something, to go somewhere else. People who may be tempted to steal something are certainly less likely if the door to a structure or auto is locked.

Sure, we may not have a lot of valuables in a backyard shed. But criminals who are desperate will take anything of value and try to sell it for a few bucks.

That is what can and does happen. And that's why sheriff's deputies are urging residents to lock up their belongings.

It may take a little extra thought and time to keep all our property locked up. But it is still greatly preferred to a theft of property and a telephone call to local law enforcement officials.

Huron Daily Tribune, Bad Axe

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