Effective tool Ringing the bell on criminals’ ‘privacy’
Everyone worries about crime, especially these days when just about any wack job can obtain military-grade firearms and go out and start shooting innocent people.
Thanks to technology, law enforcement officers have more tools for solving and preventing crime.
Unfortunately, every time some new technology for catching thieves and murderers comes along, it punches the buttons of a weird coterie of deep thinkers who apparently live locked away in impenetrable fortresses out of the reach of the thugs who make life miserable for the rest of us.
Their current target is security cameras, which many of us employ to protect our families and property from criminals.
This gear includes programs such as Ring and its camera-equipped doorbells, which record images of everyone who comes to your door. Additional cameras can be added to cover other areas of your property along with cameras from other manufacturers, including Wyse.
We’ve had a Ring camera for several years and they are really handy when you are at, say, Costco in Lancaster and someone comes to your front door in Mojave.
The cameras are equipped with intercoms that allow you to talk to the person, who has no idea if you are in your home or Tanganyika.
I have carried on conversations with friends who stopped by the house when I was in another community, watched UPS delivering a package, and observed some folks who had no business being where they were on my property, a decision I made from observing their actions rather than their color.
Rings are really handy when your doorbell buzzes at 0200 and someone asks if Charles is home.
“Charles doesn’t live here and your picture is on its way to the cops” is a good way to take care of that situation.
It’s also handy to alert neighbors with cameras about folks wandering around our patch.
Ring-type cameras are no different than Neighborhood Watch.
Law enforcement interest
I mention this because of recent articles in national news media that appear to have been written by people who have never come home to a burglarized house, are off on a toot about law enforcement agencies all over the nation that have been reaching out to the people they are hired to protect to include these cameras as another tool against thieves and other scum.
Locally, the Kern County Sheriffs Department is asking camera owners if they are interested in registering their cameras and addresses so deputies can check to see if someone’s recorded footage could help solve a crime. That’s a great idea. The department assures us that the program is entirely voluntary with no obligation.
An example of how this system could help is if your camera includes the side of your neighbor’s house and it catches someone walking toward the neighbor’s back yard, something I have observed and recorded.
Or records a vehicle driving down the street that an officer recognizes as someone who denied being in our neighborhood on a specific date or time.
As folks in law enforcement know, cases are made with bits of information that can add-up and result in a conviction, sometimes years after a crime is committed.
A few years ago, every house on our street was burglarized within a month. Our house was broken into and a few weeks later thieves got into our garage.
We had dropped our alarm service but promptly had it restored and added cameras. Now everyone on our side of the street has alarm service.
The standard complaint against this kind of technology, which includes license plate readers, devices that record and pinpoint shots going off, drones and other devices is that it is an “invasion of privacy.”
Of whom, thieves and criminals?
Are they saying that the privacy of law-breakers is more important than that of crime victims? What the hell kind of logic is that?
Contact https://www. kernsheriff. org/ Camera_Program to join the sheriff ’s Departments program.
By the way, when law enforcement began using DNA to solve crimes the same do-gooders rose up in anger.
DNA evidence is now helping law enforcement solve hundreds of cold cases all over the nation, bringing closure to the families of crime victims and getting more criminals off our streets.
A recent letter in this paper complained about “people speaking Spanish” in public.
The writer also complained that the staff of a bank they visit was “almost all Spanish.”
Fact: The two majority languages in California, running neck and neck, are Spanish and English.
Fact: Spanish was the majority language in this state when the U.S. “stole” the American Southwest, including California, from Mexico with the questionable Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848.
Question: Should businesses turn down half their customers?
I don’t understand people who think this way. What bloody difference is the way people speak?
One of the most helpful classes I ever took at Antelope Valley High in the early 1950s was the Spanish class I and my fellow student Bob Ulrich (Guillermo and Roberto.) took from Miss Louise Ericson. We still greet each other in Spanish.
It’s also helped me in business, travel, and in my law enforcement employment.
My uncle, the late Henry Clayton Mack, a Stanford and Harvard-educated attorney and U.S. Naval officer during World War II, helped his three kids learn Spanish when they were taking it in high school by allowing only Spanish at the dinner table.
That experience helped them to be successful in their careers.
By the way, that Spanish class and the mechanical drawing class Bob and I took from Ernie Tosi were two of the most practical classes I ever took at A.V.