This morning I read an article in the paper about a Richmond police initiative that is making people angry. In an effort to help the good citizens of Richmond protect their property, the police are roaming neighborhoods between midnight and 4 am and peeking in parked cars. If they see valuables in plain sight, they are knocking on doors, waking owners, and admonishing them to keep their property out of sight. This has been in response to a rash of car burglaries.
Can you believe that people would actually be angry with being awoken in the wee hours of the morning to be told they are careless? Boggles the mind, doesn’t it? I mean, I don’t think the police are going far enough, if you ask me. If I had my way, I’d have the police be even more intrusive because I need all the help I can get. These are some of the things I propose:
- I would like the police to check and make sure I’ve put the garage door down when I leave the house.
- If I give the police my key and my security code, can they come into my house and make sure I’ve turned the stove off? Unplugged the coffee pot? I would also give them permission to taste the stew bubbling away on my unattended stove and adjust the seasonings. Might as well, if they are in my kitchen anyway.
- Police should patrol inside of grocery stores. I see many women who leave their pocketbooks (purses to you younger women) in their grocery carts while they wander halfway down the isle to retrieve a box of Cheerios. A lot of admonishing is obviously called for there.
I’m just wondering, though, as helpful as these things might be, if police might find better things to do with their time than to babysit careless people. If people continue to leave valuables in plain sight, even though they’ve been warned over and over again that they are asking for trouble, then getting burglarized should come as no surprise.