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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing, Oc­to­ber 5, four ride-on go­phers were stolen from a lo­cal re­tire­ment vil­lage and dumped into the lake in Faulkner Park.

Three were taken from three locked garages and one lifted over a fence.

Eas­ily, the con­sen­sus de­fault mode for many is to blame the po­lice, State Gov­ern­ment or the coun­cil. How­ever, when is it ac­cept­able to roam the streets in the early hours of the morn­ing?

When is it OK to break in and steal somebody’s prop­erty and re­move the only means that an in­di­vid­ual has to ac­cess the shops and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties?

The stark re­al­ity is that no mat­ter how much re­sources gov­ern­ments pour in to pre­vent­ing crimes, crim­i­nals will al­ways find ways to carry out what they in­tend to do.

We all talk of so­phis­ti­cated ways of pro­tect­ing our prop­er­ties and our­selves.

How­ever, not many of us talk about where has the fam­ily gone in its role as the ba­sic unit of the so­ci­ety, where the foun­da­tion of kind­ness, shar­ing and re­spect for neigh­bours are sup­posed to be taught to its mem­bers.

We, the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, can start the change be­cause the truth is it starts in the home. ROBERT ROSSI, Kew­dale.

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