So Zebulon police are warning residents to keep their vehicles locked because of a rash of recent break-ins.
While we’re glad the police department is doing what it can to educate residents, we must admit, there shouldn’t be a need for such lessons.
Just a little bit of caution on the part of Zebulon residents – or Wendell and Knightdale residents, for that matter – would go a long way toward keeping our property safer. And that’s something we should all know without the police having to tell us.
Of course, we are all proud of the fact that our communities remain relatively safe despite the burgeoning population throughout Wake County. But the fact is, there are people who will take things that don’t belong to them. Our job is to avoid serving it up to them on a silver platter.
Yes, we realize a criminal intent on committing a crime will do his or her best to take something even if a car door is locked. Those locks are no guarantee of privacy or safety.
But criminals are often people who are unwilling to work for something and would rather survive by just taking what they want instead of earning it like the rest of us.
So, listen. Keep your car doors locked at night when you go in for the evening. Better yet, don’t leave anything of great value in the vehicle in the first place. A car is not extra storage space. A criminal will not go to the extra work of breaking into a locked car that has nothing of value inside.
We’re glad the police are being proactive. But, honestly, people. Don’t we have the common sense to do something simple like this without being told?