Prov­ince to blame for ris­ing prop­erty thefts

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Make sure to lock down your prop­erty (July 24)

To the writer who suf­fered the theft of her cam­era from her car. All I can say is that you and the rest of the cit­i­zens of this city, and the prov­ince for that mat­ter, might as well get used to this kind of thing hap­pen­ing more of­ten since the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has muz­zled po­lice of­fi­cers abil­ity to in­ves­ti­gate in­di­vid­u­als such as the one who stole your cam­era.

Prior to this year, of­fi­cers pa­trolling neigh­bour­hoods could stop and ques­tion “sus­pi­cious look­ing” peo­ple and card them for fu­ture ref­er­ence so that if more thefts con­tin­ued to hap­pen in this area and this in­di­vid­ual (who didn’t re­side there) was stopped and ques­tioned on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, po­lice would have a pos­si­ble lead as to who was re­spon­si­ble. But as of this year of­fi­cers are re­quired to ask per­mis­sion to en­gage such a per­son in a con­ver­sa­tion, and if that in­di­vid­ual re­fuses to speak to that of­fi­cer, that’s the ex­tent of it. And, you can bet that any­one up to no good would ex­er­cise that right! Michael Csoke, Mount Hope

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