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Friday, July 11, 2008

Times Are Changing Out In The Boondocks

Our car was stolen in Wellsville

By Oak Duke
Daily Reporter

WELLSVILLE - I couldn't believe it when the call came into work yesterday afternoon.
"Honey, somebody stole our car."
"What," I answered expecting the punch line.
"No, really, somebody stole our car!"
"It's not here, I'm not kidding. They took it right out of the driveway."
"You're joking."
"No! I'm not kidding!"
"Okay, I'll be home in a few minutes; then we will call the police."

Maybe the above scenario is becoming more common, throughout the country as the economy continues to slide towards the bottom of its cycle.

Desperate people do desperate things.
But it's a shock when it happens to you!

Cars are stolen all the time in cities. Then they are stripped and/or resold. Right? That's what we learn from the TV.

But not this, this had to be something else.
Cars are stolen for different reasons.

You see, that car our car that was stolen yesterday is worthless.

Our stolen car is a 1993 GMC Jimmy, maroon with at least twice as much rust as original black trim.

So the car wasn't stolen for its value.

But it did have a full tank of gas, so the speculation is that whomever drove away from our driveway in Wellsville, needed and wanted a ride somewhere.

The Wellsville Police, who responded to our call instantly, noted that there has been a recent flurry of car thefts on the east side of Wellsville. One car was found in a ditch, another downtown behind a South Main Street tavern.

The one thing that they all had in common was that they were unlocked and the keys were left in the car.

So first of all, if you live in Wellsville, lock your car. And lock your house.
We are going to change and lock down because right now there is at least one predator on the loose.

So if the car was not stolen for its value (being little more than a loosely held together moveable pile of rusted nuts and bolts,) and since the AC was not working and at the time of the theft, on a 85 F. day, the windows would be down.

So in all likelihood our car was also not stolen for a "joy ride" as we used to call them, that is when someone would take a car for a few hours for fun.

So we speculate that our old car was taken because somebody felt it necessary to go somewhere.
One of the wonderful things about living in Wellsville has been our freedom from fear of predators.

Some would say that this is the inevitable consequence as the cities export their human troubles and problems and pay big bucks to house them in rural environments.
Others would say, it's just the signs of the times, and we are overreacting to just another case of a homegrown predator.

But at the very least, this is a wakeup call.
The real world invades "The Shire."

Predatory people who disrespect others to the point of boldly stealing a car out of the driveway in broad daylight is reason for us now to lock the house, garage and car.

And thank God, nobody was physically hurt, though we are emotionally distraught, and feel personally violated.

So lock up, and lock down so you won't be the next victim.

(Oak Duke is the publisher of the Wellsville Daily Reporter)

Mad Mike said...

It is more than a sign of " the times" and it's more than just enjoying the luxury of low crime rate. This country is in serious trouble and our goverment is turning average and law-abiding citizens into petty thieves.

Someone of strong moral standing may be tempted to steal a gallon of gas when no one is looking. However, someone's moral standing that's lying down...might just steal your car, in broad daylight, and without regard to what the temperature is.

As of late, we've had a flurry of camps robbed, vacant buildings stripped of copper, and gas thefts. It's only going to get worse and we who believe that it's only yours if you earn it...are going to pay dearly.

Our nation has become too liberal and our goverment has entirely too much control. When is it going to be so bad that shady characters escalate from siphoning gasoline out of your car by moonlight to armed home invasions on a Sunday afternoon? At what point do you worry about leaving your wife at home during a business trip? When do good people say enough is enough? As the old saying goes, "The desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy."

I live in the "sticks" and what better target than a home that's in the middle of nowhere? There are no measures I won't take to protect my family and what is mine.

Call it paranoia, call me "redneck", call me part of the problem, but a "bad guy" rooting around in my driveway at 3AM may just find himself staring down the gleaming barrel of .454.

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Mad Mike said...

It is more than a sign of " the times" and it's more than just enjoying the luxury of low crime rate. This country is in serious trouble and our goverment is turning average and law-abiding citizens into petty thieves.

Someone of strong moral standing may be tempted to steal a gallon of gas when no one is looking. However, someone's moral standing that's lying down...might just steal your car, in broad daylight, and without regard to what the temperature is.

As of late, we've had a flurry of camps robbed, vacant buildings stripped of copper, and gas thefts. It's only going to get worse and we who believe that it's only yours if you earn it...are going to pay dearly.

Our nation has become too liberal and our goverment has entirely too much control. When is it going to be so bad that shady characters escalate from siphoning gasoline out of your car by moonlight to armed home invasions on a Sunday afternoon? At what point do you worry about leaving your wife at home during a business trip? When do good people say enough is enough? As the old saying goes, "The desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy."

I live in the "sticks" and what better target than a home that's in the middle of nowhere? There are no measures I won't take to protect my family and what is mine.

Call it paranoia, call me "redneck", call me part of the problem, but a "bad guy" rooting around in my driveway at 3AM may just find himself staring down the gleaming barrel of .454.