Locks keep out only the honest Essay

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Locks keep out only the honest

Rachael Robles
Prof. Watts
Victimology CJ N1


"Locks keep out only the honest."
By, Jewish Proverb


Crime happens all over the world every second of every day. Thus making numerous amounts
of victims. Crime victims are all around us even though we may not know it or think about
it. According to the crime clock every twenty-five point three seconds a motor vehicle
theft occurs. Have you ever thought what it would be like to walk away from you car, even
after you have locked it, and to not be able to see it or the things inside it ever again?
Motor vehicle theft happens every day in every neighbor hood including yours.


I never realized it prior to this assignment but I live with victims of crimes right in my
own townhouse on school property. My housemate Anne was generous enough to tell me her
story.


As Anne recalls it her story begins last semester when she borrowed her sisters car to get
back to school. She remembers parking the car in the top commuter parking lot. Anne
distinctly remembers locking the doors and heading down to her townhouse for the night.
When Anne went to use the car Saturday morning it was gone. There was no car in sight. The
first thing Anne did was go straight to public safety. They could not help Anne so she
called the Reading Police Department immediately. The officers came about two hours later
and made a report, leaving Anne with nothing to do but pray they find the car and the
person who stole it.


Anne recalls the worst thing about the situation was having to call her sister and tell
her the story. Anne's sister Mandy truly understood and simply made a call to the
insurance company to see if reimbursements were possible. Nothing else was heard about the
car or the perpetrator until the Wednesday after the incident, almost a week later.


Mandy received a call informing her the CUMRU township police had found her car Friday
night, immediately after the incident, crashed on the side of the road. Mandy of course
inquired as to why she had not been contacted for so many days only to find out that the
Reading Police Department had not put the theft into the computer system leaving all other
departments unknowledgeable about the incident.


Overall, the victim here was truly victimized. Not only did Mandy have to pay for the
impound fees from Friday to Wednesday because no one had known the car was found on Friday
but she also had to cover all towing fees. The impound fees alone were over $300. Mandy
did not get any reimbursement for her car being totaled due to only having liability
insurance. The insurance company informed Mandy that if the car was not found at all she
would have received a check in the amount of the blue book value but since the car was
located she received nothing towards the repairs or anything.


Both Mandy and Anne heard nothing else from the police after the incident. The thief was
never found and no charges were pressed nor was a case ever really opened. To this day
Mandy doubts their efforts in finding any perpetrator at all. This is the perfect case of
the innocent truly being taken advantage of and suffering lots of consequences for no good
reason at all!


Mandy and Anne blame both the police and the thief. Mandy explained to me that if the cops
would have been "on the ball" the car would have been located earlier and that could have
saved her a couple hundred dollars. They both expressed to me their feelings of
disappointment in the police. They felt that the police could have done a little more to
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