Be truth­ful

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Most read­ers have prob­a­bly seen a new com­mer­cial for a ma­jor insurance com­pany. It fea­tures their spokespers­on known as “May­hem.”

A man at work is no­ti­fied by his state-ofthe-art se­cu­rity sys­tem re: ac­tiv­ity at his front door. The man (vic­tim) can see the im­age of May­hem at his front door, thanks to sensors, cam­eras and the in­ter­net. A con­ver­sa­tion en­sues, loosely trans­lated as fol­lows.

“Who are you and what are you do­ing?” the vic­tim de­mands?!

“I’m Jeff and I’m here to steal your car, it’s my job, it’s what I do!”

“WHAT,” the says.

“WHAT” taunts the thief, nu­mer­ous times, all the while mug­ging for the cam­era.

May­hem then smashes out the win­dows of the vic­tim’s car in full view of the se­cu­rity cam­era, starts the car and speeds off, knock­ing down the vic­tim’s mail­box and a mo­tor­cy­cle parked at the curb.

The point should be ob­vi­ous; cam­eras, sensors, satel­lite-driven in­ter­net com­mu­ni­ca­tions are great. How­ever, they do not stop or de­lay das­tardly deeds. They merely help us fig­ure out who is re­spon­si­ble for our vic­tim­iza­tion. Barriers DO stop or at least de­lay such deeds un­til help ar­rives.

You may have a se­cu­rity cam­era sys­tem at your home. Do you leave your doors un­locked when you go to bed at night? In fact, you prob­a­bly have them locked even when you’re awake.

When you leave for work, do you leave you garage door stand­ing open? Af­ter all, you have se­cu­rity sensors and cam­eras.

No mat­ter your views on all things im­mi­gra­tion, at least be truth­ful as to how best to con­trol it. Ron Shreves

Quartz Hill

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