Stop being an easy target

We are having numerous thefts and burglary of motor vehicle that can be prevented.

It’s your car, your garage – and, as I was told once by a citizen, “It’s mine. I will leave it open if I want to.”

Lately, we’ve seen a rise in the number of thefts from garages where the door was left open and lawn equipment stolen during the night and a few in the daylight hours as well.

If you leave your garage door open that’s like a “Here’s my …” sign to a thief. A thief doesn’t care if it’s your house, your garage or your property. It’s a payday to them.

We’ve also seen an increase in vehicle burglaries, with items such as handguns, jewelry, wallets and purses taken, just to name a few. I have done articles before on these subjects.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop making yourself an easy target.

The average citizen does not understand the mindset of a thief. There are several different reasons they steal, whether it’s out of desperation, drug addiction or just for the thrill of it.

In my opinion, no responsible gun owner would leave their gun in their car that was not secured in a gun safe to begin with (yes, they make gun safes that fit under the seat of a vehicle). That same weapon that made you the sheepdog or protector of your family just made you and your family sheep or victims to that thief as well as anyone else that might happen upon them while they are committing the crime.

Folks, it’s easy to be a victim: Just be lazy and leave your property in plain sight or where it doesn’t belong and the thief will come. Or you can take that extra 30 seconds and close the garage and get your property out of your vehicle.

As always, keep our military and service personnel in your thoughts and prayers as we remember that the rights and freedoms we enjoy begin with their service and safekeeping of our great nation. May you have a Blessed Week.

Johnny Brown has served as Sheriff of Ellis County since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute. He has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years and holds a Master’s Peace Officer’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.