Last week was a relatively good week in terms of the numbers of crimes reported to police. No crimes to report would be ideal, but this is not Utopia and I’m not Pollyanna. We are always going to have crime in some form.
The trick is to limit crime by lowering the temptation for it by lowering unemployment, striving for a more-educated citizenry and reducing the boredom suffered by our youths.
Of the 13 crimes reported to police last week, 11 of them were thefts. Two more cellphones were stolen, keeping this troublesome trend alive and rising. Money, always a tempting target, was stolen from another residence. Most troubling to me was the theft of a Glock handgun from one residence and ammunition from another.
These items are never used for a good or peaceful purpose once stolen. Frequently, firearms that are stolen are subsequently used in other, more serious crimes. I have known of guns stolen from Central Texas being used in capital crimes on the East Coast. Stolen guns have a way of migrating through dark channels to other jurisdictions. Federal agencies are able to easily trace firearms, even with altered or obliterated serial numbers. For this reason, stolen guns used in other crimes are usually disposed of rather than kept for use in additional crimes. Thieves simply steal another gun.
Local thieves also continued to target household and yard-maintenance items this week. A television set, video games and movies were stolen from one residence and an audio speaker was stolen from another. A lawnmower was surreptitiously taken from yet another residence and a bicycle from still another.
A burglary of a building was reported this week. While one burglary of any type is too many, I am pleased to see this troublesome trend waning.
An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon also was reported this week. A deadly weapon can be any instrument that could be used to cause serious bodily injury or death. The instrument does not necessarily have to be the stereotyped gun or knife. It also could be a heavy or blunt instrument, or even something as innocuous as a ballpoint pen if that instrument was actually used to cause death. Fortunately, this type of crime doesn’t raise its ugly head very often in Cove. Let’s hope it stays that way.
If you have any information pertaining to these or any other crimes, you are urged to contact the appropriate authorities.
John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.