The Crescent City Chief of Police Ivan Minsal recently informed our citizens that vehicle break-ins are on the rise. Now there’s an epiphany.

The increase in crimes was reported on a social media site — I’m presuming Facebook — which caught the eye of the chief. Really?

It appears, rationally, that the onus is on the owners of the vehicles to keep valuable items out of reach or sight of criminals, according to Minsal. That makes sense.

But what does not makes sense is that any detective with experience will tell you that the sources of the problems are the individuals who fence the stolen items and then trade them for cash or drugs.

One need look no farther than local parking lots, according to the crime logs published in the Triplicate.

Caller reported “Suspicious persons seen casing vehicles.” That would be every day.

Caller reported “someone broke into their vehicle and stole their wallet and personal items.” Again, every day.

When was the last time that a fencing operation was busted in Crescent City or Del Norte County and reported to the Triplicate?

“The perpetrators are hard to catch and the stolen items are hard to recover,” according to Minsal. Sure they are.

I guess that says it all.

Randy Zopf

Crescent City