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Recent island burglaries make crime prevention lessons clear

 

Yes, we were burglarized. Since that fateful day of Monday, Sept. 13, Vashon will never be the same for me … for us. It is like our own mini 9/11 paradigm shift.

However, some lessons learned:

If you enter your home only to find it has been burglarized, what should you do first? (This is a test.) What do you do? You get out! One never knows if the burglar is still there. Stuff can be replaced, lives cannot.

If you have valuables, have them in either a safe or in a “creative” location that only you know about.

If you have a safe, fasten it permanently to the structure of the house to make it very difficult to remove. Possibly have it in a “creative” place too.

Lock, lock, lock.

Security systems, good lighting…

We will never feel the same, but thank goodness no one was hurt.

Due to some excellent citizen help (you know who you are) and superior police/detective work, we have been able to recover most of our possessions.

I think it is about time we all become more proactive in protecting ourselves, our family and our community from the criminal element that exists today.

I feel it is time to band together and make Vashon an unwanted location to commit crime. Everyone should be a member of the Yahoo Group Vashon Community Advocates. Perhaps it is time to form a Citizenry Organization for the Proactive Prevention of Crime. I can think of creative ideas to help the criminals believe they are always being “watched.”

Together, perhaps, we can bring pack some of the true Vashon, and deep inside, some of the innocence lost.

— Gene Kuhns

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