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Lock your car, take your keys 06-24-2011

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Column by Jim Clark

This seems to come up every year, and, frankly, I don’t understand why it is such a problem. When you leave your car in your driveway or carport overnight, make sure you lock the car.

This is the time of the year when the “creepers” make their rounds. “Creepers” are people, many of them young, who roam through the neighborhoods in the wee hours. They try the door handles of cars that are exposed, and if it opens, they go in and steal stuff … sometimes expensive stuff. The generally don’t break in to locked cars. They only take from the people who make it easy for them.

And if you don’t think they can get much that way, looking over recent Sheriff’s Office reports we see a Rolex watch, among other things. GPS devices are usually popular. CDs and other musical items are also on the list of things that go missing in the night. In the past we’ve come across reports showing that people’s wallets were taken.

And if you have a garage but you park a car outside the garage, be ready for the garage door opener to disappear, only to be used at a later date to gain entry into your house.

What do you keep in your glove compartment? Are you ready to lose it? It can happen very easily.

Don’t underestimate the effect such an occurrence can have on the victim. I still remember, many years ago when I lived in Palatka, having an old car that I used that parked in the driveway. I went out to go to work and got in the car and turned the key … and nothing happened. Dead battery, I thought. So I opened the hood, which was one of those old hood latches you could open from the outside, so I could jump start the car. Guess what? The dead battery turned out to be no battery. The cables had been cut and the battery taken.

For quite some time after that, every time I heard a noise outside at night, I went running to the window to look out.

There was nothing I could have done to prevent that, but nowadays, with almost all cars having a hood latch connected to a pull cord inside the car, it couldn’t happen. However, if you leave your car unlocked, a thief can get in, release the hood latch and, like me, your dead battery could be no battery.

Of course, a car alarm that goes off when someone tries to open a locked door would be nice, but not all cars have that feature. If you did, maybe you could help catch these creepers.

But please, don’t make it easy for them. The more people in a neighborhood that discourage them, the less likely that they’ll return. And if it’s late at night and you spot a group of two or more wandering your neighborhood where they don’t belong, let the Sheriff’s Office know. You could be helping save your neighbors from a rough morning the next day.

 

Jim Clark is the editor of the South Marion Citizen. He can be reached at 352-854-3986 or at editor@smcitizen.com.

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