Date: 7/7/19 1:40 pm
From: Harry Fuller <atowhee...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Recent vehicle break-ins at Minto-Brown Island Park
In the real world: Paris, London, most of Europe, security cameras are
almost universal...for some reason we Yanks are very slow to accept that
privacy in public is not a good idea

On Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 8:38 AM Jack Daynes <jackdaynes...> wrote:

> Just a thought for Tim and all:
> How about suggesting to the rangers or police to place trail cameras to
> monitor the activities in the parking lots. I think the cameras available
> now are getting better and cheaper. Wouldn't it be better to catch the
> offenders than to just accept the abuse?
> (as long as the theives don't steal the cameras <sigh>) --- my two cents
> On Sun, Jul 7, 2019, 8:13 AM Tim Johnson <tim.the.fisherman...>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have some bad news to report regarding parking lot 3 at Minto-Brown
>> Island Park in South Salem (parking lot 3 is at the end of the road into
>> the park). There’s been a rash of vehicle break-ins recently. On the last
>> two Salem Audubon field trips here, a couple participates had their
>> vehicles broken into. One had a window broken. The other had a car door
>> lock broken. A Salem police officer who responded to the most recent
>> break-in told me that these break-in were happening frequently at this
>> parking lot.
>> The most recent break-in that I am aware of happened on the morning of
>> July 4th between 9:00-9:45 am, when the parking lot was full of cars with
>> many people in and around the parking lot. Apparently the presence of lots
>> of park visitors does not discourage the thieves.
>> The park ranger told me that break-ins are probably more likely when
>> there are many cars in the parking lot. This gives the thieves more
>> opportunities to observe purses, backpacks or other items of possible value
>> in parked cars.
>> Minto-Brown Park is a popular birding area and many of people come to the
>> park to go on bird walks. If that includes you, my advise is to try to
>> avoid visiting the park on weekends or holidays when there are a lot of
>> park visitors, and don’t leave anything that looks like it might contain
>> items of value visible in your vehicle.
>> Tim Johnson
>> Salem, OR

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