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