To the editor:
A lack of regulations in North Carolina make it so easy to steal some property.
I call attention to the Friday, July 18, Richmond County Daily Journal headline: “Pair charged with selling stolen cars.”
A man and woman are charged with selling three vehicles with a total value of $14,000 for $1,178 at a local scrap yard.
It is so easy to do. North Carolina obviously has no enforceable law requiring a salvage yard to demand a vehicle title to prove ownership.
For a criminal, this is easy picking.
I realize with all the stolen metal going to the salvage yards, it would be nearly impossible to keep track of it.
I would say you should be sure to lock your vehicle tonight, but a car thief is not deterred by a lock. Especially when there is easy money to be made.
Of course there is the risk of getting caught one day. But under bond before appearing in court, there is always time to steal more property to pay the court costs and lawyer fees.
Oh, I forgot. Thieves are indigent and the public pays the costs.
A safer bet for a thief is to steal, or find, a debit or credit card because so many merchants do not require ID or sometimes even a personal identification number.
Actually, that can be more profitable than stealing cars. All you have to do is know which careless merchants to visit and have a fun spending spree. The chances of getting caught are much less than stealing cars.
I live in fear of losing a card rather than my vehicle because it is so old it only has scrap and sentimental value.