Letters to the Editor

Don't help crooks; lock your car doors

From your newspaper on July 9: "More than 12 vehicles were broken into, and all are believed to have been left unlocked since there was no sign of forced entry or damage to the vehicles ..."

Does anyone else see this as an oxymoron? How can a car be "broken into" if it is unlocked? They call this "breaking and entering," but I call it "taking by implied owner cooperation," or perhaps "owner-abetted theft."

I wish I could pick up the paper and see this: "Several car owners are whining to police because someone helped themselves to personal property that the owners left in their unlocked automobiles. Police are reminding everyone for the umpteenth time, 'If you don't want your junk taken, lock your car.' "

I am the first to bemoan the loss of trust and innocence that used to allow us to leave our cars, and even our homes, unlocked without the fear that someone would dare violate the rules of civil behavior. But this is the "enlightened" 21st century and the rules have changed. My advice: Be careful. Be very, very careful.

Henry A. Robertson

Beaufort

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