There is one thing about this time of year that really makes me mad. It seems while folks here get into the holiday spirit, others choose to put a damper on that by breaking into cars and stealing things.
Now all crime is personal, but during the holidays, this kind of random "smash and grab" is particularly frustrating, and I should know. Last year, thieves broke into my wife's car, in my mother's driveway, when she ran in to drop off our children. Two minutes later, when she returned to the car, her passenger window was shattered and her purse was stolen.
It wasn't so much the material things we missed, but more the violation of our privacy that hit home and it happened in the middle of the day in the driveway of our neighborhood. And if the crime itself wasn't frustrating enough, I was told by the Lubbock Police Department that because of the huge number of similar cases, that it could take up to a month just to get a case number, much less the satisfaction of someone ever being caught and held accountable for what they did.
So consider this, no one can control a random break-in, but you can decide to not be a target. And my advice is simple, make it harder for them to pick your car. Don't leave anything in sight. Electronics, gift sacks, cd's, sunglasses, purses, you name it. The more items visible from the window, the greater chance you will win the smash and grab lottery that day.
Also, take time to observe your surroundings when you're out shopping or eating. Who knows? You could help lead police to one of the few criminals that actually gets caught in these cases.
What a shame that during a time of year reserved for thanksgiving and happiness, you're also more likely to be a victim of crime like a car burglary. But if we are all a little more vigilant with our own surroundings, perhaps the numbers will go down.
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