The car bomb that rocked Oliver recently is proof we live in unpredictable times.
We tend to think serious crimes and the reprehensible people who commit them live in big urban centres. But that’s naïve; these people live in our neighbourhoods.
We move to small towns to get away from all of this nastiness, but evil lurks everywhere. To think that convicted rapist Ronald Teneycke was allowed to continue ogling women and girls in Okanagan Falls is a travesty of justice. He is back in custody for fear that he will re-offend.
Why should families be held hostage in their own communities, fearing a simple stroll down the street?
If justice won’t be carried out by the legal system, who will do it . . . vigilantes?
In yesteryear, if you had a beef with someone, you talked it out, you didn’t resort to violence. If you felt like pulling a prank, you pushed over an outhouse, you didn’t set it on fire.
What drives people to use force or intimidation to resolve disputes? Where did they go to school for that?
Incidents like the car bomb serve as a rude awakening for residents. Do they really know who their neighbours are? Are they vigilant in reporting suspicious behaviour?
The RCMP believe the explosive device was purposely set and detonated in a targeted attack on a local resident. Very scary.
This is not Ireland, it’s Oliver, and it’s time for people to get more involved in making their communities safer. For example, people should be reporting any suspicious activity to the police as soon as they see or hear it. Waiting until the next day is often too late.
People can also make a difference by establishing a “Neighbourhood Watch” program or joining the local crime watch group. The Oliver group is always looking for people to volunteer a few hours a month to be the eyes and ears of the police. Grab a neighbour and drive around on a Friday or Saturday night to report what local criminals are up to.
What message do we want to send people who terrorize our neighbourhoods – that we are complacent? Just don’t detonate bombs during our favourite TV show on Saturday night.
Something else residents should consider is added security devices, such a cameras and motion sensor lights. If criminals know their misdeeds might be filmed, they’ll go elsewhere.
We hate to think what this car bomb could have done to someone walking by that morning. This thought alone should be enough to prompt some action.