We’re right on the outskirts of a little town . . walking distance. Vince had to run down to the storage building this morning to get something so he ran by their local police station. The Sheriff’s Department yesterday sent our call to them and they know exactly who it is. It is the guy the sheriff’s department mentioned after the first incident. They said he gets arrested often and is back on the street immediately. He’s stolen from numerous homes and businesses around the area. Vince gave them all the pictures. They know exactly where he lives so the police were going to go by his house and see if that bicycle is in plain sight.
The police told Vince . . we can arrest him but he’ll be back on the streets by dark.
I’m bringing all this up to tell you that no matter how safe you feel you are in your little community, things have changed and are changing rapidly. Things have changed here in the one year we’ve been here. Many courts (and often it’s an edict from the state) have instituted “no bond” policies and criminals know it. They’ll get picked up and be right back out . . no cost to them or their family, and no lesson learned . . except that crime pays. Purely my opinion but when elections roll around in your area, there are consequences for everything so listen carefully to what’s being proposed and think about how it may affect you and your community. No bond means criminals are back on the street instantly. Lack of police mean there’s no one coming or long delays when you make a call. The end result is that criminals win and home owners trying to do the right thing lose. Here we are now spending way too much time and money trying to figure out ways to keep ourselves safe in a home we bought and paid for and had hoped to live in peacefully for the rest of our lives. Now, ONE guy who is a habitual offender, has kinda blown that for us.
Our little town seems quiet and respectful for the most part but it just takes a few bad apples to ruin it. Just this week two officers responded to a call and ended up in a brawl. One of the officers was injured, one of the people in the other group was shot. Who would have thought that would happen here? I’m not going to say there’s NO respect for law, police, people’s rights but it’s declining at a rapid rate. If it isn’t affecting you now, it will.
If you think the police in your area are responding to calls rapidly, I’d recommend talking to an officer off the record if possible. It the answer is yes, we’ll be there immediately, good for you but my guess is, those places are few and far between.
We knew living in the county came with risks – mainly slow response from police. We didn’t expect NO response but again, I’m not blaming them. They’ve been put in this position. Every time I see a police officer, I want to say “Why are you doing this?” I’m thankful for them but if Vince or Chad were police officers, I’d do anything I could to get them to change careers. Why this guy has targeted our house, I’ll never know but I have a feeling he’ll be back.
There’s about 6 or 8 old guys (some not so old) who get together once a week and Vince is now part of that group. He took the picture to one that’s his friend and he said he’ll show it to the other guys and they’ll be watching for him. I have a feeling by the time all is said and done, the guy may avoid our area but who knows what will happen before he gets that message.