Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Hands On Your Head. Don't Move! Down On Your Knees. Cross Your Ankles!

Image of handcuffs.No that's not a scene from COPS. But it could be a scene from Pensacola Beach.

It will probably be heard more that once since Pensacola Beach is now open.

When the barrier island was finally reopened (to the general public) after Hurricane Ivan, it was reported that there was some looting taking place. There were reports of people driving or walking up to other peoples property and just looking in and taking things out of damaged homes. I read a posting on the Pensacola News Journal Community Forums that the Police weren't always around (or around at all for that matter) to catch these thieves.

Don't get me wrong, the Police do a good job but can't be everywhere all of the time.

When people lose possessions in a disaster, the things that are left over become all that more important to them. Maybe it is because that is all they have left. You don't realize how important something is to you until you have lost it.

So please, respect other's property. Don't go looking in damaged structures "just for a look". You would not want strangers to come looking around your house or condo, so please don't go looking around other peoples stuff.

The world needs a little more respect for each other and Pensacola Beach would be a great place for it to start.

Remember, you never know who might be watching you! You may find yourself wishing it was the Cops.