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There will be no next time...

Someone got into my car last night.

 

I didn’t even know it until I drove it today. The passenger door was unlatched, the console was unlatched, my back yard gate was open, and nothing was taken (that I know of).

 

The irony is that my car was in my garage with its door closed and locked.

 

What motivates a person to sneak into someone’s closed garage, climb over the lawnmower and risk the automatic light to riffle through my tennis racquet and umbrellas?

 

Sorry, pal, there was nothing in there to steal.

 

I am not shocked. You see, in the past 8 years, the cars on our neighborhood get hit at least once or twice a year. The street is a through way from a beautiful tree line boulevard to the main artery in and out of the city. It is a desirable neighborhood for its beauty and location, but I am over it.

 

I guess I was lax not locking my car doors inside my locked garage.

 

I really don’t understand the arrogance of this type of criminal. There has been a breach in my fortress.

 

When I filed a police report, I felt like a wimp.

 

What the heck did that person need?

 

Surely, whatever I will discover missing later, was not worth the effort of squeezing around my car in the one car garage and sniffing around my stuff.

 

Entitlement sometimes takes all sorts of odd forms. Was this person of the mindset that he/she could have things that were mine? What made them think they had the right?

 

While working with a group in the Court system in Kalamazoo, I posed a question about a case of pop that had been left in the cart in the Meijer parking lot. Was it up for grabs because a person had failed to place it in their car? Or was it stealing if you took something that didn’t belong to you.

 

It was overwhelmingly answered: “Lisa, it was just pop. It wasn’t a computer or anything.”

 

The message had been modeled to these young people that you can have what belongs to other people as long as you can get away with it. Small things aren’t considered stealing.

 

Seriously? We can wax accolades about a rehabilitated petty thief, but when their models don’t change, they will go back to what they are used to doing. We need to break this cycle and general mindset.

 

I feel like a chump. I let my guard down. I hate to always be on the defensive. It is against everything I teach. But, as a woman, I need to be proactive to not allow these easy opportunities to breach my fortress. Thanks to the person who thought they had the right. You do not. I will take steps today to fortify, be smarter, and deter your next attack. I am not naïve. While I believe that people are inherently good, I always have to remember that Meijer example. And I will try to feel safe again in my own home.

 

 

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