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Reader says the problem is not unlocked cars or people leaving handbags in cars. The problem is thieves roaming around unchallenged

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How is locking cars the solution to thieves walking around the village unchallenged?
If anything, I would rather they collect loose change and other nonsense from my car in the driveway instead of trying break into my house. That is the next step once easy money from unlocked cars disappears.
Thieves will steal. If the easiest type of theft is restricted, they will move onto the next level (much as deterring car thefts through electronic keys has led to a surge in carjackings).
Once again, the problem is not unlocked cars or people leaving handbags in cars. The problem is thieves roaming around unchallenged. What – if anything – is being done about that?

13 thoughts on “Reader says the problem is not unlocked cars or people leaving handbags in cars. The problem is thieves roaming around unchallenged

  1. “Once again, the problem is not unlocked cars or people leaving handbags in cars.” Typical its never your fault its always someone else’s fault. Lock your dam car and take your valuables out.

  2. I think the constitution allows people to travel freely. Also NJ is not a stop and ID state. So what is your suggestion for stopping thieves??

  3. Don’t forget to call the police when a solicitor knocks on your door. While seemingly harmless, it’s a typical way for burglars to see if a home is occupied.

  4. And the coming parking garage will be a haven for robbers and muggers. can you imagine coming back from NYC late at night and picking up your car on the top floor of the coming parking garage. Especially in this opioid/ drug crisis age. The garage will have to be policed all the time and that will cost taxpayers a pretty penny. Robbers will be casing cars in that garage like crazy.

  5. I can’t wait for the day to come when insurance companies refuse to honor claims made by morons who leave valuables in plain sight with their vehicles unlocked, and/or who leave their vehicles running with the keys inside.

  6. 7:18 – If a thief steals from someone’s car, it is clearly the car owner’s fault. Thank you for lending clarity to this discussion.

  7. My neighbor had an ipad stolen from her unlocked car which was parked right by her house. And yet she still leaves her car unlocked with valuables in it. Does this make any sense at all?

  8. 11:18 what’s your address?

  9. Hahaha. If I leave $1000 on my seat, I can expect it to be there. What are you people…mprons????

  10. Yes reader sez, our quaint village is being besieged by dystopians. A Clockwork Orange comes to Ridgewood. What an idiot.

  11. pesmith what the heck do you smoke???

  12. Your an idiot 9 am….and what do you care?
    Your not coming back from the city at any time of day.
    YOU, are a classic Ridgewood NIMBY sheltered in your fantasy world that if you had your way would never change. Please do us all a favor and hop the next trolley to Boca.

  13. Many years ago we were taught the words “occasion of sin–or theft.That assumes that you are tempting an individual to steal by leaving valuable things visible in open cars or places. If they weren’t visible, perhaps they would not be stolen. Today, however, that thought is ignored. You can’t expect a drug addict who is looking for money for a fix to ignore the fact that you have left tempting things in an open car just asking to be stolen. Like 1:47 said “if I leave money visible on my seat and expect it not to be stolen”–no one should be that naive if one is older than a baby. Police can’t arrest an individual for merely walking down the street. Walking down the street and looking into all the cars you pass should be investigated.

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