I used to live in the next town over from Cohasset, Massachusetts. Cohasset was much ritzier than my little town, which wasn't ritzy at all. I drove through Cohasset on the way to a memorial service a couple of weeks ago, and it is still ritzy, in that rock-bound coast, black shutters on white clapboard way of many New England seaside towns.
It's citizens are moneyed, but not, apparently, very street-smart. A rash of car burglaries, right outside of (gasp!) their very houses occurred over the weekend, netting the miscreants sacks of goodies including cash, phones, and electronics. Most, if not all, of the swag taken from unlocked cars.
|Cohasset Burglar Doing The Happy Dance|
Duh, double-duh, huh-whuh!?! In the article I read in the Boston Globe, a shocked Cohasseter claims "never to have heard of such a thing." Talk about a sheltered life.
No, I'm not blaming the victims, but come on, folks, take a little responsibility. First, your cars are sitting outside, not in your three-car garages. Second, they are unlocked. Third, you leave your valuables in them. Fourth, your town has little or nothing for kids to do of an evening. What do you think might happen?
In the olden days, in my not very ritzy town, kids used to smash windows in cars and pry out the stereos which they peddled to each other, or took down to the Gut and tossed into the water for fun. Back then, it might have made a bit of sense to leave the car unlocked, so as to avoid the smashed window, but mostly the larcenous little darlings didn't bother to check.
No one has bothered to steal a car stereo for years. Thievery is a whole lot easier now, with all that free-floating paraphernalia most people seem to haul around, (the stuff you can easily gather up and take with you when you leave your car unlocked) especially if your targets don't have the sense to realize that even in a cushy enclave, there may be somebody who wants their stuff.