Happy Halloween! Here on the east coast of Iowa it’s going to
be a cold one. The little ones will be out tonight in costumes
that may restrict their vision and may not be reflective, so
please be careful if you’re out around the time they go house
to house to get their treats.
Recently it was mentioned we have an increase in shots fired
calls and when I glanced at our morning newspaper today I saw
we also have an increase in juvenile car thefts. 12 were caught
in stolen cars over a two day period ranging in age from 13 to
15. And it was mentioned these kids know they won’t see any
kind of punishment.
Oh they are charged, and go to the juvenile detention center
to be booked and wait for mommy or daddy to pick them up, but
they are usually given probation. Thing is, after being caught
doing these crimes multiple times, they are still given the
Having talked with a few of these misguided youngsters one
gets the impression the theft and joyride is their version of
fun and some are on probation for as many as 20 offenses. You
cannot blame the police who arrest them. Somewhere along the
way our court system or our legislators have dropped the ball.
Yes, when it gets colder as it is now, some leave their cars
running and unlocked to warm them up which makes it easy for
those who wish to take what isn’t theirs. But the blame must
fall on those who steal the cars.
When the owner gets their vehicle back there is usually
damage to said vehicle. Sometimes thousands of dollars worth
while the kids don’t pay a dime towards repair.
We don’t have an answer, or at least one that would stand a
chance to be made into law, so we’ll leave it there. Enjoy our
Tuesday, and Halloween. Now I need more coffee and less news.
Comments are always welcome.