Sunday, February 18, 2018

Too close for comfort

This week we had some excitement in my neighborhood. My "other" next door neighbor, had their truck stolen right from the driveway. She had posted it on Next Door and I was shocked. According to her, Mark had locked it. These were not just regular "tweakers" out to steal a car. They were professional and had the tools, to make the job easier. They did find the truck the next day; arrested the driver who was somewhat innocent. The truck had been given to him, by the thief. The driver just played dumb. Come to find out, the car thief had a record of 11 cars stolen. This truck was his 12th!

I live in a good area - nice neighborhood. Lately, we have been hearing of car theft as well as homes being broken into. The Shasta County Sherriff just busted a chop shop in the area on Friday. All the people knew what was going on there; took the sheriff too long to actually make some arrests.

Our problem is we do not have adequate law enforcement. Our city police are under-staffed as well as the county PLUS our jail is crowded. We need more beds.  California has decriminalized many former felonies, so what happens, are they arrest them, and then they go back on to the street. Most of them never see a day in court. 

Crime is UP in my county. Honestly, I don't notice it too much, like the locals because I grew up in the crowded San Francisco bay area. There's crime there all the time - it's part of living in an urban area. 

One time my husband was walking our dog in an industrial area next to the SF Bay and he witnessed someone getting killed in the back of a car. Thank GOD, they did not see him as he sheltered himself and our dog behind a building and some bushes. They dragged the dead guy out of the car, stuffed him in the trunk of another vehicle and drove off, probably to be fitted for cement shoes and a swim in the bay. After the coast was clear, he ran over to a car auction place and called the police. They came out and sure enough, there were empty gun shells and blood. Police told my husband, that he was more than fortunate they did not see him. We never heard anything more about it - not even in the newspaper because as the police said,

  " you'd be surprised how much this happens." 

We had no idea! Street smarts are something you have to have, living in an urban area. You also cannot be afraid. I refused to live in fear. I just knew where to go; what to look for etc. NEVER had an issue. 

So when we moved up here and the locals started saying how bad it was - it was coming from their own perspective. They never used to have to lock their vehicles or their homes. They could go out at night and no problems. Back then, there was not an opiate epidemic as there is now; in urban and rural areas of California. Comes to reason, they have to steal to get their drugs. 

So the husband is diligent in locking everything up - we park our van in my newly clean and organized garage and if and when we get a 2nd vehicle, we'll park it where we used to park our 34-foot motorhome; behind a locked security gate.

I still like it here - When I am out driving around, it feels like I am on vacation. I can't get over the natural beauty that is here. It would have to get real bad for me to consider leaving. 


  1. When crime is easy and the penalties small it is only going to get worse, especially with the drug issues today.

  2. Lack of police numbers and rampant crime is no news in our neck of the woods either. New Mexico is a poor state to begin with. Now that I have "Ring" both as a doorbell and the spotlight cam, we have become more aware of the goings on in our neighborhood. At least if someone does try to break in we have video of the event. Sad days.

    1. I've heard about "Ring" - I'll have to check it out.

  3. I live in a relatively peaceful community, but crime is on the rise here too, mostly with cars being broken into. The police have always told people to keep their cars locked, in the garage, and with the door closed. I have become much more conscious of doing that now that I am here alone.

  4. People who live alone and the elderly have to be more cautious.

  5. That is too bad when you hear about crime creeping into a pretty stable, crime-free area. We live in an area where there is not much crime either--but it IS out there and we do take precautions.

    The pictures you post of your area are absolutely gorgeous. xoDiana

  6. Doesn't it suck when these things happen close to home, seeing a murder would be horrible and bloody scary.

    1. I've never seen a murder and I would like to keep it that way


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