I don't think most people truly pay attention when someone gets robbed or taken advantage of until it happens to them.
In the past few days sometime, our son and daughter-in-law got their garage broken into.
They lost 4 bicycles and their lawn mower, and we are not yet sure what else may be missing.
Today we've spent our day off building a fence hoping to keep them from repeating the burglary.
Here is the thing. I have to admit, when I've occasionally heard about someone in our town getting robbed it hasn't affected me much. This time it was personal. And it hurt. And it costs the innocent party- time, money and work.
This is what bothers me the most. I found out that most people don't even report robbery when it's not in their house. They figure no one cares and nothing will be done as a result of it. So, not only do the innocent suffer loss, but our society just lets the criminal get away with it because they've been made to feel it's pointless and bound to happen to everyone sooner or later.
If neighbors knew one another, cared for one another and stood up to the bad guys there could be hope.
Sadly few seem willing to risk their time or the hassle to make a difference.
From now on I will pay attention when someone suffers loss, even a small one. It will feel more personal.