A recent story on the local news highlights a problem in our local justice system that affects all of us. The system routinely releases repeat criminals who burglarize homes, vehicles and businesses because they are judged mentally unfit to stand trial. Yet they don’t get treatment because they are not judged a danger to themselves or others. They then commit more property crimes and the cycle continues.
It’s unfortunate when anyone suffers from mental illness, and we hope these individuals get the help they need. Until the law is changed that protects both these individuals and you as a property owner, there are some steps you can take to insure your safety and peace of mind.
1. Get to know your neighbors and establish trusted relationships. This encourages your neighbors to watch out for you, your family, and your residence. Do the same for them.
2. Always be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If something or someone looks suspicious, report it to police. If an area feels unsafe to you, leave.
3. Have an alarm system for your home that’s both monitored and that has an immediate, in-personarmed response when triggered.
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