Think About It: Crimes of Dis-passion - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

April 3, 2017

Think About It: Crimes of Dis-passion

Robbery is a horrible crime. Actually, all crimes arehorrible, but the personal toll robbery takes on its victims can reverberatefor many, many years. Six kupuna were hanging out in Chinatown mid-day twoweekends ago, when the report is that three perpetrators threatened to producea weapon if the elderly folks didn't surrender their property. The three low-lifeindividuals responsible for this theft are still being sought and willhopefully be brought to justice swiftly. This wasn't a midnight, darkly-litalleyway robbery, it occurred in broad daylight in Chinatown to victims aged58, 63, 69, 72, and 77. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Far too often we hear about bank robberies, school equipmentburglaries, home invasions and the like. Drug issues are often tied to thesesad situations.  Even when it involvesanimals, as we found out with a recent Big Island case where seven goats werestolen in Hilo, but the goat's owner actually saw the goats soon after thepilfering in a truck, and he quickly called police who arrested the goatthieves. When the goats were asked if they were upset, they nonchalantlyresponded, "naaaah". If only it was that easy for the human victims of people'sdesperate irresponsibility and arrogance.

We all need to remain vigilant and take precautions toprevent easy crimes from occurring- locking doors, keeping lights on, travelingwith companions in dubious areas or avoiding those places, etc. Some people dobad things when desperate, even in Hawaii, where crime numbers tend to be lowerthan in similar-sized areas. This is not suggesting rampant or constantparanoia, but rather a general awareness of your environment. Think about it…

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