The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 11, 2012

Witnesses are needed to stop vandalism

Enid News & Eagle

— Vandalism is such a senseless act.

What pleasure can you derive from destroying someone else’s property? We just don’t get it.

It’s even worse when it happens around this time of year and targets Christmas decorations. We’ve recently heard reports of several incidents in which people’s decorations have been damaged or destroyed.

Vandals are hard to bring to justice, because it’s hard to catch them in the act. But, that’s where neighbors can help. Neighbors need to watch out for each other.

Unfortunately, in the latest incidents, several people apparently witnessed some vandals in the act, but did not report it police.

They provided descriptions of suspects and vehicles on social media sites, which will help make people more aware of what’s going on. However, we urge you to call the police if you see anything like this.

Police are the investigators, and they are the ones with the power to make arrests.

We all can help by providing as much information as possible, including descriptions of suspects and vehicles — and most importantly, license plate numbers. With that information, the authorities hopefully can track down the perpetrators and make them pay for the damage and trouble they’ve caused.

Also, reporting vandalism can help police decide how to do their patrols. If they know a certain area is being hit, they can adjust things and patrol that area more. But, they need the information.

As we said, it’s hard to solve vandalism cases. Having eyewitnesses who provide as much information as they can is the key.