Recently in Gilbert, one couple has decided to buy a camera to record the activity around their car, an innocent Honda, that has been targeted by vandals in the middle of the night.
Obviously a strong police force is ideal for crime prevention. Imagine if there could be a police officer/citizen ratio similar to the teacher/student ratio officer in schools. That would be wonderful – but unrealistic.
Unfortunately, police officers cannot park in front of homes as protection, nor can they participate in preventative stakeouts for non life threatening crimes. If there are officers participating in a stakeout, chances are pretty good they are not there to prevent eggs from flying at the cars of innocent citizens.
So what is a Gilbert resident to do when one innocent Honda becomes the subject of a recent bout of vandalism including: egg-ing, ‘gumming’ and ‘Elmer’s gluing’?
The Gilbert couple didn’t call the police the first time the vandalism occurred, but it was noted by herself and her husband that none of the other cars parked on their street had been ‘glued’. They didn’t feel it warranted wasting the time of local police.
Because the couple have a teenage daughter they believe that rather than the Honda being the victim of a random drive by glue attack, they suspiciously believe their Honda was targeted.
A black Honda in full morning sun, and Elmer’s glue is not a fun mix- but because the couple are early risers, the innocent Honda was promptly washed restoring the innocent Honda to ‘pre-glue’ condition.
The daughter was told that she must have a ‘fr-enemy’ who assumed the small black Honda would someday be hers, since many Gilbert teens are handed keys to a vehicle upon their sixteenth birthday. The couple handed their daughter a scraping tool and she was put in charge of removing the glue from the driveway that had formed a perfect outline of the Honda formed by glue that was aimed at the innocent Honda that had either missed or dripped off.
The next incident was gum stuck to the exterior of the car-luckily the black Honda in the summer gets hot enough to turn gum into an easily wiped away substance. It was gross, but again, no call to police to report vandalism was made.
Gilbert Police were notified after the most recent occurrence involving eggs, the innocent Honda, and the couple’s garage door. If not caught early- the innocent Honda could have sustained a lasting ‘car scar’ which amounts to property damage. The line was crossed, and the Honda harassment was reported.
The Gilbert police dispatch operator, told the couple that any time a phone call is made to the police an incident number is automatically generated. The couple told the police they didn’t want to waste officer time, they just wanted it ‘on record’ somewhere that these incidents were becoming a regular ongoing thing.
The most recent occurrence has prompted the couple to essentially ‘go rogue’ and capture the little bleepity bleepy Honda vandals themselves.
Rather than an old fashioned stakeout involving a rocking chair, a rifle, a one-eyed dog and some moonshine-the couple are looking into purchasing a home security camera. When mounted, the camera will ideally catch the bleepity bleeps in the act.
The Gilbert couple are reasonably certain they know their ‘attacker’, but without proof there is not much one can do except get proof.
Interestingly, this information was in the news at CBS.com:
Nationwide, violent crimes are down 5.5 percent. Crimes like murder declined 7.2 percent, robbery 8.1 percent, motor vehicle theft down 17.2 percent. Law enforcement officials say the increased use of high-tech tools to fight crime is a big reason why.
From the operations center of the Office of Emergency Communications in Chicago “48 Hours” correspondent Erin Moriarty reports officials keep watch over the 232 square mile urban area with a massive network of cameras, creating a virtual eye in the sky. Officials refuse to give actual figures, but some estimate the number of publicly and privately owned cameras targeting Chicago to be around 15,000.
Camera shopping has been initiated and the innocent Honda will once again be parked in the driveway where a very large tree provides shade during the day, but also blocks light from a nearby streetlight, allowing the Honda to disappear into the darkness of night.
The Gilbert couple will bring the Town of Gilbert one camera closer to complete and total protection. Although, some would argue the camera brings us one step closer to repression, depending on whether one views cameras as a valid method of security, or a violation of privacy.
The Gilbert couple reports not being too worried about violating the vandal’s rights.