Imagine this picture. Joe is a nice guy working hard every day to support his wife and three children. Everything he owns he has worked hard for. He learned early in life that the world didn't owe him a living.Just recently, while he was at work and his family was not at home, Mr. Evil-doer kicked in the back door and burglarized Joe's house. Evil-doer had no feeling for Joe and his family and had no conscience or remorse. This thief was too lazy to work and wanted money any way he could get it. If not cash then goods easily pawned or sold on the street. Maybe Evil-doer had a drug or alcohol problem and maybe he was just a lazy scumbag.
In any event, he preys on society, unwilling to better himself or make the same sacrifices Joe makes every day to earn a living. Evil-doer is a menace to the community. He rides around casing houses of hard-working people, looking for a mark where he can kick in a door or break a window and steal whatever he can. At Joe's house he was successful. Next time he might not be so lucky.
The day may come when he breaks into a house where he might be confronted by an armed owner. Someone will be hurt or killed and burglary may turn to murder. Evil-doer may feel now that he is very proficient, but eventually will come his day of reckoning. How long can Evil-doer go on failing to conform to the rules and regulations of modern society? Living by his own code of antisocial behavior and violating the criminal code has consequences.
Citizens who read about cases like Joe's are angry and more alert to what is going on in their neighborhoods. They know they can put up fences, install alarms, and door locks, but Mr. Evil-doer and his associates still act, proving there is no such thing as a burglar-proof home. A determined thief will find a way so citizens must find ways to catch and prosecute these bad guys.
Burglars are pest just like rats, bugs and cockroaches. They need to be controlled. Neighbors need to look out for one another, report suspicious persons in the area to police and take precautions to prevent successful burglaries. Salvage yards and pawn shops should demand more identification and documentation from those bringing in goods for sale.
Evil-doer is still out there. He could visit your neighborhood tomorrow. Are you ready?
Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday. For past columns, visit www.rockdalecitizen.com or www.newtoncitizen.com.