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By PAUL FARBER
Rantoul Press columnist
As I have in the past, I want to address a current issue that we are currently dealing with.
Secure your property, lock your residence when you are gone, secure your garages, tool sheds and vehicles when not using them.
Yes, someone can break a window, kick in a door or break a lock to get in and steal your property. But they also, if you make it difficult for them to get in, take a risk of being heard or seen by someone who we hope would call the police department.
By securing your property you help yourself from becoming a victim. Most recently we have had car burglaries where the owners have left their vehicles unlocked, and items including from CDs, cash change and other personal items were taken.
If you leave items in your car in plain view and the car is unlocked, you are leaving yourself open to a loss.
Recently we have recovered and have in our possession a number of items that came from cars. But we do not know whose car and from what area of town.
If you are missing anything from your car, please call the police department and advise us what you are missing. We may have your property.
I most recently had a citizen comment that they were upset about such things happening in the community and how it was ridiculous that they could not leave their property open or unsecured and expressed their displeasure about the community.
It is not our community that is to blame in this respect; we are no different than any other community. It is the property owner’s responsibility to secure and protect their property. No matter where you live, if you do not safeguard your property, you have a chance to fall victim to a theft.
We have now completed January and have seen completion of the Super Bowl. Our sights are now set toward spring.
Daylight Savings Time will begin March 10.
And, with thoughts of spring I think of the upcoming baseball season. So with that in mind here are some preseason quotes and facts:
“The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.” — Casey Stengel.
“Everything looks nicer when you win. The girls are prettier. … The trees are greener.” — Billy Martin, big-league player and manager.
Did you know? To commemorate his 100th career home run (in 1966 with the Angels), eccentric outfielder Jimmy Piersall ran around the bases backwards.
Paul Farber is chief of the Rantoul Police Department.