EDITORIAL: Real-life crime fighter emerges

EDITORIAL: Real-life crime fighter emerges

Michael Guthrie and Shirley Zelinski presented council with a 400-name petition on Monday calling for the use of closed-circuit TV cameras in strategic locations where crime is predominant. (Lyonel Doherty photo)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

Every once in a while you’ll get a real-life crime fighter without the red cape.

Osoyoos had Brenda Dorosz in 2016 when she “clotheslined” a criminal attempting to steal her husband’s truck.

This year Oliver’s got Michael Guthrie, a former US military man who’s got 11 security cameras guarding his home. You may call this paranoia but many would call it being prepared, either that or sick and tired of criminals calling the shots.

There’s nothing worse than feeling helpless and vulnerable in your own home. It’s almost like watching one of those “Purge” movies where criminals are unleashed to wreak havoc on your sanctuary.

“Yo, I’m gonna take your truck ‘cause it looks like you can afford two of ‘em.”

Besides, it’s easier to steal than make an honest living, right? Just ask your neighbourhood thug over there who’s been casing your house waiting for that golden opportunity.

Though we can’t take the law into our own hands, no matter how much the justice system forces those thoughts, we can be more vigilant by reporting all suspicious activity. Sounds as boring as a broken record, but we can’t put it any simpler than that.

Just last week someone who works for a local business in town came across a guy loitering at the back door. The employee observed what appeared to be a gun holster that the loiterer tried to conceal. The employee didn’t call the police initially because he believed it was a bylaw enforcement issue. However, the incident was later reported to police who were on the lookout for the suspect.

Even though it means more paperwork for the RCMP, they are urging people not to hesitate to report suspicious activity. But we can only imagine how many of these incidents go unreported.

Even if you don’t think anything will be done about it, report it. Even if you think the RCMP are not around at 3 a.m., report it.

Guthrie has taken it a step further by voluntarily cruising the streets at night to see what our illustrious hoodlums are up to. (They didn’t call their attire “hoodies” for nothing.)

Erecting a security camera on Spartan Street and on a few others isn’t a bad idea. Use some of that nine per cent property tax increase to pay for them.

For all of Guthrie’s efforts in trying to put a dent in local crime, the least his fellow citizens can do is attend the forum at the Oliver Community Centre on August 28 starting at 6:30 p.m.

It would make this guy very happy to see a packed house. He deserves that much since he’s doing all the legwork. Let’s help him make it harder for criminals to ply their trade in our community.


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