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Features : Letters to Editor Last Updated: Jul 23, 2014 - 9:57:57 AM

Letter to the Editor - July 24, 2014
Jul 23, 2014 - 9:57:21 AM

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Be aware, report crime, file an incident report
Monday morning I was awakened by a police officer standing at my front door holding my work satchel in his hand. My first thought was “how did I lose my bag?”  When the officer asked where I kept my purse, I soon realized that someone had broken into my car. I felt foolish for not having checked to insure my cars were locked, I felt scared for thinking that we were the subject of a crime, and I felt vulnerable and stupid for having been in this situation. When I expressed my fear, the officer mentioned that a neighbor ID’d a luxury sedan with two teenage boys in it trying to break into his car early the same morning. It happens a lot on the island, the officer looking for money. I got my bag back and I asked for the officer’s card and he left.
As the day went on, I was no longer scared...I was angry! Furious!  I found a check missing out of my bag and was forced to close my checking account.
I contacted the police and after several conversations, requested to file an incident report. Yes, I had to request this action, as the officer who came to my house, the detective I called and the officer who came to my work, never suggested I do so.
I am writing this letter to make everyone on the island aware of the break-in.  I read about them weekly, just never thought it would happen to us:  BE CAREFUL! LOCK YOUR DOORS!
Secondly, we need to make sure that these incidents are treated as the crimes they are. Theft is a crime and must be treated as such. EVERY incident must be recorded and treated as important. If we become desensitized to these incidents and think “Oh, it’s just a bunch of teenagers, not a big deal”, and sweep these incidents aside, ask yourself, what is next? What if our garage had been open? What if the back door was unlocked? It’s frightening to consider and would be devastating if it were to happen.
Lastly, talk to your teenage kids. There is something called the Stand Your Ground Law in South Carolina. If someone wakes up in the middle of the night and finds a stranger rummaging through his/her car this island that we love would never be the same.  
Stephanie Mackara
Daniel Island

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