Don't be lulled into false sense of security

State Archivist Guy Rocha is like a lot of Carson City residents. He trusts his neighbors and likes the city's small-town feel.

He didn't lock his doors at night. But he will now.

Rocha woke up Wednesday morning and noticed a bedroom door was open. Upon further investigation, he realized he'd been burglarized.

Fortunately, the police were able to track down the thief and recover Rocha's belongings, along with items stolen from other Carson City residents.

But some things are more difficult to regain - like trust and security.

"They were bold enough to come into my house while I was asleep," he said. "That scares the hell out of me."

It should scare all of us. Scare us into action.

City leaders have named methamphetamine use as the No. 1 problem facing our community. We agree, and can't help but think drug use and crime are related.

Curb the first problem, and we will surely see a decrease in the second.

It's a cause the entire community should become involved in.

Instill in our youth a sense of self-worth and get them involved in productive activities. Reach out to those who have fallen into the grips of addiction, and give them the tools to overcome and the hope for a better future.

And, in the meantime, lock your doors.


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