Our View: It's an unfortunate reality that it pays to be wary

Published on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:14
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We can’t help thinking that, if all the ingenuity that thieves put into stealing from cars were put to good use, the world would be a better place. And, on the flip side, if good, honest people were a little more wary of their fellow men, the thieves might seek another occupation.

Let’s start in Berlin, where car break-ins now account for 53 percent of larcenies reported this year, according to police.

Chief John Klett said, in each recent incident just as in the 22 others reported since March 13, the cars were unlocked.

Police have been warning residents for months to keep their cars locked after sundown. In many cases, thieves would drop off two to six people at the end of a street to look for unlocked cars, with the group reuniting elsewhere and fleeing, according to Klett. Residents need to keep their car doors locked, with all valuables out of sight, he said, and call police if they see anything suspicious.

Meanwhile, in Southington, a Plantsville man has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of property from cars parked in the YMCA lot.

According to the arrest warrant, he watched visitors and tried to gauge whether or not they had valuables in their car. If the situation looked promising, he would then follow drivers to the gym area and wait for them to hang up their keys on the key rack. He would then take the keys and use the panic button to locate the respective vehicle before ransacking it.

We want to believe in the inherent good of our fellow citizen as much as the next person - but the truth is, it pays to be a little wary.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:14. Updated: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:16.