Increase in burglaries a sad by-product of the recession
RECESSIONS TRADITIONALLY bring many changes to countries with the good sadly outnumbered by the bad. On the rare up side communities come closer together, people slow down and have more time for the important things in life.
Aside from the well documented financial crisis the impact that increased crime levels is having is knocking the stuffing out of small communities all over Ireland.
It is a known fact that crime rates rise in times of economic depression and sadly evidence of this is all around us. Money is tight everywhere and while the majority of people muddle through and suffer privately, others feel justified in breaking into the homes and businesses of others and cherry picking what they desire.
Since when did a recession entitle one to violate others and their property in such a way? Yes many people are suffering but how can anyone have a clear conscience after rifling though the home of another for a few measly items or a bit of cash. And it's not just the material goods-violence against victims is forcing many to become prisoners in their own homes.
Levels of burglaries have rocketed in recent years to the point where people are living in fear for their safety. I can only imagine the worry those living alone must endure wondering if they will be targeted.
It is only in recent weeks that I finally decided to install an alarm system that is none too easy on the pocket for simple peace of mind having heard of numerous break ins and robberies within my community. Having toyed with the idea for months the decision was made and not a moment too soon, as that very same day I learned of a neighbour who walked in on some cretin slinking out the back door of his home.
I am not so naive as to lament for the good old days when everybody left their doors unlocked and everyone knew everyone but there is something to be said for being able to feel safe and secure in your own home. I believe, however that such comfort should not be a luxury.
It is difficult to imagine the mentality of a person who would break into the home of another and feel justified in what they are doing. Equally it appals me to hear that some people feel no guilt about stealing from a shop as ' the insurance will cover it'. When did standards sink so low and when did we lose that sense of support and community that protects us from these ills.
It won't surprise me to hear of a lot more people taking the law into their own hands in times to come out of sheer frustration and while this low life element still holds communities to ransom let's just hope that frustration doesn't boil over.
Levels of burglaries have rocketed in recent years.