Keep an eye out for one another

Published 10:17 am Friday, May 17, 2013

The recent news of two apparently different series of burglaries in the region reminds us that vigilance can’t rest when it comes to preventing and solving crimes.

As reported, the sheriffs’ offices of Southampton and Isle of Wight have been especially busy tracking leads to many break-ins and thefts at residents’ homes in both counties. One group of thieves, for example, is evidently brazen enough to strike in daylight. Thankfully, no one has been hurt so far in these incidents. Perhaps to the credit of one suspect, he ran out of a home on discovering the resident was still inside.

While crime knows neither a clock nor season, the warmer weather reminds us to urge you to be particularly watchful. This is a popular time for taking vacations, leaving residences vulnerable to thieves.

Whether you live in the city or a suburb, consider joining or starting a neighborhood watch program. This doesn’t have to apply just to criminal activity, but also looking out for your neighbors who might be away from home, disabled or elderly. Not only can these watch programs discourage would-be robbers, they also can strengthen bonds among people who live close to one another. You never know when you might need someone’s help, for example, and knowing whom to rely on can be reassuring.

Rural residents obviously have more of a challenge with their distances from one another, but the concept of being neighborly without being nosy could still apply.

Lastly, when you see something that looks suspicious, contact the sheriff’s offices. Please don’t take it on yourself to investigate, that’s their job.