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Hey, Idiot! Lock It Up!

People whose unlocked cars and homes are burglarized are victims of their own stupidity.

I’m sorry: I just have no sympathy for the recent string of “victims” whose cars and homes have been burglarized. They’re hardly victims of anything more than their own stupidity because — in most cases — their cars and houses were .

What kind of fool leaves valuables in an unlocked car or home and then calls the cops when they are stolen? And many undoubtedly filed insurance claims, too. People who are that negligent should not be compensated — they should have their insurance rates jacked up!

Why does Chief Duane Lovello have to use Nixle to make a public plea for common sense ("Lock your car every time")? Are people in Darien that stupid? Apparently so.

Worse yet, the people who leave valuables unlocked are waving a big flag for every bad guy in the county: “Come to Darien, where we make stealing easy." That’s a reputation that doesn’t make me feel any safer.

A few years ago, when home alarm systems sent the police and fire departments on hundreds of needless emergency runs for what proved to be false alarms, we did something. False alarms now cost you a $100 fine. Why don’t we have the same kind of fine for the nuisance of having our police department have to respond to unlocked car/home burglaries?

What does it take to make people use some common sense to protect themselves and their valuables?

Sure, this is a small town, but it ain’t Mayberry R.F.D. We’re surrounded by towns with much higher crime rates populated by some folks in real financial need. No wonder they come to Darien to “shop."

When they asked 1930’s bank robber Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, he said “because that’s where the money is.” 

And we wonder why thieves target Darien?

Karen Brewer August 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM
whoa lets hold on here.I agree that stupidity plays a role here but to suggest we get fined for using the local police is a bit much.If one were to follow that logic, we would be fined if we were assaulted late at night,got a handbag snatched or buglarized because we dont an alarm.The Police are here to protect and the stupid may just be the neediest for obvious reasons.
arden anderson broecking August 10, 2011 at 10:48 PM
JIm, My friend, I have to agree. "Let's get out to Darien, baby, easy pickin's!! One minute off I-95!!!!!" AAB
Chris Noe August 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Sun Valley Idaho I noticed 8 cars in a row parked in front of the supermarket all having the keys in the ignition. Clearly better pickings in Sun Valley don't waste your time in Darien
Jim Cameron August 11, 2011 at 12:05 AM
By all means, call 911 if you see / hear something suspicious. I'm just suggesting that taxpayer resources should not be spent on "false alarms" like victims who have been targeted because of their own negligence. "Crimes of opportunity" only occur if, well, there's an opportunity created... like leaving cash in an unlocked car.
Cecil Wade August 11, 2011 at 06:58 PM
Wow, harsh! Maybe it's just naiveity, or misplaced optimism. When I lived in Brooklyn, each morning as I walked to the subway, I passed cars with their side windows smashed out, so locking the car has its own problems. My favorite was the guy who posted the following sign in his side window: "The door is unlocked, please don't break the window. Feel free to browse, but please close the door when you leave."
Bestiarius August 11, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Yes Jim, I agree - people who do negligent things should not be compensated, nor should they be eligible to contact the police. This will lower costs for all. How about we also make overweight people ineligible to contact Post 53 or use emergency rooms. They are also negligent in not caring for their health and thus raise medical costs for everyone.
Jim Cameron August 11, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Harsh, for sure! I too am a Brooklyn transplant and remember well the wail of car sirens and broken glass from car break-ins. But thieves in Darien need to worry about neither of those big-city woes. They just make it too easy for the bad guys by leaving cars unlocked with valuables in plain sight.
Diane Wilkinson Trefethen August 11, 2011 at 08:41 PM
When I lived in Darien over 50 years ago hardly anyone locked anything. True, today's is a different world and we need to recognize that fact, still, even now, a leisurely drive down Mansfield Ave and up some of its side streets will convey the image of a place, if not Mayberry RFD, quite safe from unwanted intrusion. I think castigating residents for their cherished perception of Darien as a haven from violence is not quite fair. And punishing them, yet less fair. Better education, perhaps starting in the schools with Mr Police Officer come to visit (or is that not done any more?), would, I think, prove gentler and more productive, assuming an increase in the application of common sense is the objective.
Jim Cameron August 12, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Diane... While my tone was a bit "blunt", it has had the desired effect, ie drawing attention to a serious problem. The PD has been asking, no, pleading!, with people for more than a year to lock their cars. The reminder is emblazoned on every cop car. We're run PSA's on TV79. Chief Lovello had to make a Nixel Alert phone call to every home in town this week asking people to use common sense. We'll have to see if any of this has an effect.
Chris Noe August 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM
After Chief Lovello's long winded message I am locking my doors to keep the cops out.

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