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Letters: Theft teaches valuable lessons

Theft teaches valuable lessons I have lived in this area for nearly all of my 61 years. Never did I think my home would be invaded and my family threatened the way it was at 2 a.m. Monday, July 21. Call me naive, but the "times they are a changin'".

Theft teaches

valuable lessons

I have lived in this area for nearly all of my 61 years. Never did I think my home would be invaded and my family threatened the way it was at 2 a.m. Monday, July 21. Call me naive, but the "times they are a changin'". While my family slept, unknown "dirt bags" got into our garage, even though the dogs tried to alert us, and made off with nearly $2,800 worth of tools and bikes.

I am writing this to urge everyone to make sure your home is completely locked down and your stuff is secured in ways that will make it more difficult for this "scum" to get in, even when you are at home. Isn't it wonderful that we are forced to go to extreme measures, you know, multiple deadbolts and barred windows, to keep this "trash" out of our homes and lives? I know we'll be taking the necessary steps.

You ask, did we contact law enforcement? Because we didn't pay attention to the dogs, not until the next morning when we discovered the theft. By that time, it was too late and we really put law enforcement behind the 8-ball. I hold very slim hope that anything will be recovered, but you never know. This kind of threat against our safety in our own homes is becoming more and more prevalent.

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Short of vigilante justice, there are things we can do. Deadbolt locks that are used, additional locks on garage doors so they can't be forced, more secure windows and motion lights are a start. Another thing we can do is to label and inventory all of our personal property to make selling or pawning it next to impossible.

The dregs of society (I hesitate to call them people) who perpetrate crimes such as that which happened to my family need to be put out of business. Very few of them, if any, can be rehabilitated, even though the bleeding-heart liberals would like you to think they can be made into productive citizens. We just need to make it more difficult for them to invade our privacy.

Dick Kimball

Park Rapids

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