If You Steal My Car

March 31, 2010

I would like to put notice to all bad guys out there, if you steal my car you will be shot. I live by under the motto “if you can afford it buy it”, with the automobile I drive being no exception. Over the past five years I have purchased four different automobiles. It started with the 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo I purchased on EBay for $8,000 under the MSRP. This car was totaled in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. It was replaced with a 2005 Nissan Titan that I ultimately traded in for a 2008 Lexus ES350 when gas prices hit $4 a gallon, also due to Hurricane Katrina. I currently drive a 2007 Cadillac Escalade which I really enjoy can’t imagine living without.

The odds your vehicle being stolen were 1 in 210 in 2006 according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports. This is the equivalent to a motor vehicle being stolen every thirty-three seconds in the United States. Anyone with any type of morals or values would probably find this statistic disturbing.

Why do people steal or take things that belong to others, as opposed to working and buying items? Could it be the punishments are not harsh enough in our criminal justice system? Sure, you could possibly face jail time but you will eventually be released. In some Arab countries, they cut off one hand of a thief as punishment. I probably would think twice in those nations before stealing anything. Just the fear of losing a limb can drive theft to almost obsolete. The freedoms we have in America sometimes wind up being our worst enemy. Instead of trying to ultimately prevent and reduce crime by aggressively prosecuting criminals we find ourselves just paying higher insurance premiums to cover potential losses we might incur. Your car is an extension of your home and basic constitutional rights should apply when you are driving your car as if you were in your home. You should have the right to bear arms and protect your property with deadly force if necessary.

I personally have had my car stolen and this could a basis for my bias. Some would say it was partially my fault because I left the keys in the ignition and car running. Others would say that still gives no one the right to take something that doesn’t belong to them. The criminal who stole my car was never prosecuted and probably went on to steal many more vehicles. The detective who was assigned my case had a huge workload and couldn’t perform a detailed investigation. Maybe if I had been carrying a weapon that night the police we would be investigating me and the criminal’s family would be making the necessary burial arrangements for him. I honestly feel no one should want to take the life another, but what can one do to ensure the safety of one’s family, home, and property? If the police can protect and serve it citizens, than I guess we can do it ourselves. If a few bad guys loss their lives in the process so be it.

Works Cited
CRIME IN THE UNITED STATES. Rep. U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sept. 2009. Web. 30 Mar. 2010.