Peter Hawser was probably being a little bit sarcastic when he commented on an article over the weekend about thefts at Kitchens Lane in the Wissahickon, but he definitely made a point.
Three out of the four cars had something worth stealing. Gee, I wonder what we could do to help prevent this? What possible strategies might we explore to prevent thieves from stalking our parks and parking lots? Please, please, we need to hear from our community thought leaders to guide us. Help us figure this out!
It's true. Community meetings are often called when there is a string of thefts, but Hawser's point (I think) is that people shouldn't leave valuables in their cars.
There were four break-ins in one day at that spot, and others have said they've had them happen to them at other times.
One of the people who has been victimized is fellow commenter Glenn Bergman. He offered up a suggestion:
I have had my car broken into twice over the last ten years. This location is a known location for such break-ins. Even with nothing in the car, they are still broken into. I suggest that we have a camera installed for at leat the spring, summer, early fall months. I know this is another sense of "big brother" watching, but you know, I am tired of having my little brother take advantage of my property rights.
Summer is definitely the time when there are more break-ins in the park, as the Friends of the Wissahickon reminds us. But there's a question of whether there's more to be done.
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or vote in our poll.