Apathy won’t cure crime problems
There is not a single person in Fayette County who doesn’t stand to benefit from a decrease in crime. It is in the best interests of each person who lives and works in the county.
Yet at a recent meeting of the Fayette County Crime Stoppers, where officials were prepared to provide information on crime prevention and home safety, attendance was disappointing. Actually, “disappointing” would be an understatement: not a single member of the public attended.
Members of the organization, committed to fighting crime in Fayette, were understandably discouraged. “This is what we’re up against. I’m a little disappointed because citizens didn’t participate. We want involvement from citizens, to help make Fayette County a safer place to live,” commented Crime Stoppers chairman Darryl Smith.
It’s unfortunate that even a small number of people couldn’t find the time to attend. Officials were prepared to provide valuable information how people can protect themselves from becoming victims of crime, particularly in their own homes. They wanted to encourage people to be more aware of their neighborhoods — to keep an eye out for suspicious or criminal behavior and report what they see to the authorities.
Sadly, no one was there to hear the message. If there was any message to be sent, it went to those who would make us victims of crime. They see people who are willing to take their personal safety for granted. They see people unwilling to take the steps needed to protect themselves. Apathy is a disease that perpetuates the problems in our society. The less people care about those problems, the worse they become.
Members of Fayette County Crime Stoppers know how important it is to combat criminal behavior. There will be more meetings and invitations to the pubic to join them in their efforts. The criminal element in our midst believes residents will decline that invitation. It’s up to us to prove them wrong.