Thieves don't have the right to steal your stuff. But they don't play by the rules, that's why they're thieves. And the easier you make it for them, the more successful they'll be. Here are a couple of examples that might serve as a lesson for the rest of us.
In early December, a thief stole a 2003 Ford Explorer from the 5500 block of Veterans Memorial Parkway in St. Peters. Why did the thief pick this vehicle? Perhaps it's because the keys were left in the ignition and the owner was nowhere to be found. Thanks to some good police work, the stolen suv was spotted in St. Louis County and recovered. A crook stole a 2005 Ford F150 pickup from Jimicee Court in O'Fallon, MO. How did the criminal choose this vehicle? It was left running in the driveway, while the owner was inside the house waiting for it to warm up. And two laptops were stolen from a house on Homeplate Court in O'Fallon because the garage door was up, the door leading into the house was unlocked and nobody was around to see the thief walk right in and take them.
The Grinch and some of his elves are at it again. The list of stolen or damaged Christmas decorations is growing longer. Ten homes were hit in a two week period in St. Peters and O'Fallon alone. It's a good guess vandals are busy in other parts of the metro as well.
Police department crime reports almost always list the usual crimes, such as theft, assault and fraud. Something out of the ordinary showed up on a recent Chesterfield crime report. A man called police to report that his 80 year old father was calling and leaving threatening messages on his answering machine. Oh, by the way, the 80 year old father lives in North Carolina.