Security: Giving up our way of life a sign of the times
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
We all remember our parents telling us in days gone in the 1960,s and mid 1970's that "We never locked our doors" or Milkmen who made house to house deliveries would open our kitchen door in the early morning hours and put our milk in the fridge or leave it inside the kitchen. People today look all wide eyed at these stories in a "Are you friggin crazy?" response. In those old days neighbours knew everyone, community events and neighbours who would snitch on you if they saw you on the streets instead of school. How many people today in British Columbia or North America say they know their neighbours?
Sadly, Neighbourhoods and their homes today are increasingly becoming a veritable Fort Knox, expensive alarm systems, bars on windows, video cameras, dead bolt locks and panic buttons to alert police or security of intruders. There was a time when kids could play with their toy guns in the neighbourhood, from Cowboys, War, or police and robbers. Not today! Not ever! Unless you want Swat to come blazing through the neighbourhood sirens and guns at the ready.
All due in part to Decades old Bleeding Heart Liberal Policies where "Rehabilitation not Prison" is the Mantra in todays Society since the late 1970's. A Liberal Mantra which hasn't worked, and never will and is still debated today. Crime is growing increasingly and doesn't look like it is ever going to stop.
North Americans have lost our innocence, our safety and security, something we once held dear and had before this Liberal Mantra was introduced into North American society.
We have been placed virtual prisioners in our own homes and neighbourhoods by those who enjoy taking away our liberties and we will never get it back. What we can do is take away the criminals liberties and enjoy some semblance of peace and tranquility knowing they are behind bars instead of us behind bars in our homes.
My Girlfriend born and raised in Law and Order Conservative Vancouver's Chinatown vividly remembers growing up in the 1970s when Downtown Eastside was vibrant and a fun place to be, unlocked doors, shopping along Hastings was an event, especially at Christmas. All that changed once the transients and druggies pushed out civilization and turned it into what we have today, a seedy rundown place where one takes ones life in their hands when walking down Hastings street at night. So ask yourself, what changed? The law abiding citizens haven't changed, but the enviornment around them certainly changed, a criminal environment brought on by left leaning politics and judges who look the other way which allowed Vancouver and British Columbia to get the state it is in today.
It is fantasy to think we will ever relive our parents days of tranquility, that tranquility was taken away by the criminal element years ago. At least incarceration will keep those behind bars instead of us.
Proliferation of security guards a sign of the timesCarolyn Heiman,
Times ColonistPublished: Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Back in the day when I started at the Times Colonist, the building was open 24/7. If you forgot a notebook at the office, it wouldn't matter if it was 3 a.m. or 9 a.m., you just walked in to get it.
Presumably anyone could do that. There were no security guards. Once, I was the last to leave the newsroom around 1 a.m. and a strange man jumped out from under a stairwell at me. No harm done other than to scare the bejesus out of me. The company started locking the doors.