Violated

My car was broken into on the weekend. To be fair to the criminal, it was unlocked. I grew up in a rural setting where we never locked our doors, and it has taken me some time to adjust and remember to always lock the house. I remember to lock the car 90% of the time. This weekend it sat unlocked, parked on the street in front of our house, in our quiet residential neighbourhood that is full of young families, and someone entered it and rifled through the glove box and left it in more of a mess than it was already in.

Nothing was stolen (there was nothing of value in it…), but I still feel violated.

Municipal elections in my province are happening today. I was on the fence as to who to vote for – the passionate young woman candidate who’s platform is based on environmental sustainability and strengthening relationships between gov’t, organizations, and people; or the white dude who acts like a bit of a Bro but vows to be tough on crime. (In the Bro mayor’s defense, he works really hard to learn about all cultures and subcultures, attends ALL cultural events, and always financially supports our city’s Pride and other LGBT programs.)

After my car was entered without consent, I’m joining the ranks of suburban parents who has been complaining to the city about rising petty crime rates. My vote is going to the white Bro mayor. Can’t believe it.

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6 thoughts on “Violated

  1. Ugh, it’s so awful to feel violated like that. We’ve had it happen to our car too, when we lived in Oregon. In fact, once we came home to our house having been broken into by prying the front door. They took every single electronic thing in the house. It felt super creepy and uncomfortable to even BE HOME after that. I’m sorry this happened to you!

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  2. I totally understand that “violated” feeling. Living in a big city, I’m no stranger to this stuff. My car was actually stolen once when I was 18 or 19. They took it for a joy ride of sorts and basically just did as much damage as they could. They even snapped off the windshield wipers. The police found it a few days later about 30 miles away. Catch and I have both had our cars broken into a number of times over the years. Our house was even broken into one Christmas. It’s a really lousy feeling knowing that someone unwelcome was in your space.

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  3. Does ‘tough on crime’ where you are really equate to making a difference or is it a sign of a conservative point of view on social issues. I remind you #45 would portray himself as ‘tough on crime’. And, does green mean not supporting anti-crime measures? Some would argue that a sustainable economy and environmental situation reduces the forces that lead to drug addiction/crime/social unrest.
    I understand the violation emotions and reactions and AM NOT SUGGESTING who to vote for; just to pause and ensure you understand all the implications in whichever candidate and position you decide to support.

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    • You’re absolutely correct. And of course I oversimplified the political options in my post. I put a lot more thought into both candidates’ platforms than what I wrote about. Perhaps surprisingly, the Bro mayor isn’t conservative! Both candidates were liberal/progressive/Democrats, but one represented my needs better than the other 🙂

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