Thursday, June 21, 2007

By Hook or By Crook

Some people are born crooks. Right?

I don't really know. I suppose I think that it has a lot to do with someone's circumstances or the way they were raised more than anything to do with heredity.

A couple months ago Son No. One had two break-ins. Of sorts. And the reason I'm saying of sorts is the manner of the first one.

Son No. One has tried hard to do for himself, his own place, responsibly taking care of his bills, making a life for himself. He's kind, mannerly, and friendly. He's helpful--almost too much so. Let me give you a scenario:

Last winter, he was asked to help a young man (of age) by allowing him to stay at his home for awhile. (Of course, in the aftermath, everyone can see that he should have said a firm no!) This young man would help with obligatory bills, etc., in exchange for housing. Yeah, yeah!

In about three months, he moved out. (Very little, if any money was forthcoming. And as I said before, Son No. One should have put his foot down then, but because of his generosity, he didn't). Within days, Son No. One's home was "broken" into. Money, games and other electronic equipment, fishing gear, etc. was taken. Only a few people knew where Son No. One kept an extra key, and this young man knew. He also immediately left the state.

Hmmm. Sounds fishy to me. Guilty? Probably. But we'll no doubt never know.

Yeah, I know. Son No. One made several mistakes. He was too trusting. Too naivete for his own good.

And is that right? Shouldn't we be able to trust people who are suppose to be "friends"?

I think not. In this day, in this society, there are few that can be trusted. And that's a shame. It's not right. Those who are trying to make it, trying to be responsible, trying to live enjoy life, should be able to do so without the above result.

But--as the old saying goes--who ever said life was fair? Or . . . it rains on the just as well as the unjust. We've gotta go with the flow.

Not easy, not enjoyable, and certainly not what any of us want. But true.

And as for the second theft for Son No. One: Someone smashed his back door in (and there are a lot of details that I won't go into) and stole many valuable items from him. The two who are probably responsible are in jail, but the items may never be recovered.

Life goes on . . .

Some good ideas:
  • Lock all external doors, windows etc.

  • Take keys out of locks and put them away. This makes it more difficult for thieves to make a quick exit if they have made a forced entry.
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots or hanging on a string beside the letterbox.
  • After dark, leave lights on (not just in the hallway) and close curtains. An automatic time switch can be fitted to lights. Leaving a radio on can also help as it gives the illusion there is someone on the premises.

  • Keep electrical equipment out of sight whenever possible.

I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. --Abraham Maslow


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