Post by Mentalguy2k8 Post by Maria
This is my house - nobody comes in without my permission, whether the
doors are locked or not. We are just building an ever more paranoid
society in my view.
By telling people that leaving windows and doors ajar or unlocked might
lead to you being burgled???
Post by Mentalguy2k8
That *is* what is likely to happen, it
isn't a paranoid fantasy invented by the Old Bill.
Yes, and it's wrong.
Post by Mentalguy2k8
Burglars operate the same way as the Police will in this situation....
if your house and car are secure, they'll quickly move on to find one
that isn't. You may say that nobody comes into your house uninvited,
unfortunately you don't have that choice.
I feel that I do have a choice, whether it is a policeman or a burglar.
I risk the possibility that a burglar should try to get in - why should
I have to risk that a policeman might try to get in?!
Everything in society, every community, is based on trust. Why would a
bank lend you money, if they did not believe you would pay it back? Why
would a shopkeeper open up in the morning, if he thought that the next
customer might have a shotgun and a swagbag? Why does anyone risk going
out on the road in a car, when the government tells us daily how many
uninsured and dangerous drivers there are? Why would you leave a young
child all day at school, when the world is allegedly full of
paedophiles? Why would you even venture out onto the streets when it
seems there is a violent yob around every corner? All of these actions
are taken on the basis of trust - trust that no harm will befall you.
If we did not have trust in one another, society would collapse.
That is what we should be fighting to preserve, not the notion that if
you just stay in, lock all the doors and windows and only ever go out
armed to the teeth with knives and guns (if we were allowed), then you
might minimise the risk of being put in harm's way.
What comes after making sure all your doors and windows are locked?
Staying awake all night, shaking with anxiety, in case someone has
worked out how to get in your house anyway? Where does it end?
A healthy and free society has to start from the presumption of
innocence, and to secure that, every effort should be made to catch and
put away criminals who are out to harm people in some way, for as long
as is allowed. That just is not happening - all that is happening is
that people are expected to go to greater lengths, and be more paranoid
than ever, and be more to blame than ever when they become victims of