Editorial: Thieves All Around Us; Secure Your Properties

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 17 June 2020 01:09

Managing Editor

The economy isn't in the best of shape during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are getting restless in terms of money. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that crime in Carolina Beach (and other towns) is on the rise.

Take a look at the Police Beat appearing below this editorial (and in previous weeks) in terms of larceny; theft.

In addition to multiple incidents of larceny from motor vehicles, the Carolina Beach Police Department recently found a stolen vehicle from the Raleigh, NC area.

Even during good times, prosperous times, people commit crimes of theft. However, during this pandemic, you can anticipate an increase in theft because people are either desperate or simply taking advantage of a bad situation.

And during a pandemic when people are growing increasingly alarmed and in fact purchasing firearms to protect their lives and property, thieves should be aware that they risk being injured, or worse, killed by someone standing their ground and protecting their life when feeling threatened.

Many times over the years I have written reports about people stealing from vehicles and homes. The police always make the same comment - in frustration - that all people need to do is lock their car doors, install even a basic home alarm system, and not leave valuables out in plain sight.

That’s of course aside from those blatant arrogant criminals that will do anything to steal including breaking, entering, even with people in the home (called home invasion) and generally violating the law with no worries. (The most dangerous).

The typical crime in Carolina Beach and New Hanover County over the years is to simply walk a neighborhood street lifting vehicle door handles. Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of cars left unlocked and packed with all kinds of valuable items just waiting to be stolen.

A simple solution? Lock vehicle doors and don’t leave valuables out in plain sight, or, don’t leave valuables in the vehicle to begin with. Thieves look for firearms under the seat and prescription drugs as well as common items like wallets.

Invest in a vehicle alarm system. Park in your garage or install readily available floodlights that shine directly on your driveway.

Don't make your home an appealing target, keep gifts away from windows and doors, and lock up every time you leave. If you’re headed out of town, remember to stop delivery of your mail or get someone to pick it up for you to make sure that identity thieves don’t get it. Also, consider setting your lights on an automatic timer to make it look like someone is home.

Shop during daylight hours and don't carry large amounts of cash. Use debit and credit cards which can be canceled with a phone call to the bank.

And report even the smallest theft because it helps authorities identify trends of similar crimes in the community.


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