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Repeated Recidivism

Kehinde Taiwo of Washington, D.C., complains that District police aren’t helping him with his home burglaries. Last year and the year before, his home was burgled four times, and so far this year three more times — 11 burglaries in under three years, with about $40,000 worth of property stolen. He has given the police copies of surveillance videos showing the burglars’ faces, installed new locks, and installed an alarm system, but nothing has helped. As for the police, “They give me a police report and they disappear,” he says. “They are not doing their job.” Taiwo even bought guard dogs. “They stole the dogs,” he said, and if the police don’t help, he’ll “Booby trap the house or I’ll be sitting with a shotgun on my lap.” Only when the story hit the media did the police announce that detectives will look in to the cases. (RC/WTTG Washington D.C.) ...Now that they know there’s an opportunity for some shootin’.
Original Publication Date: 06 December 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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