I struggled writing this op-ed, but as a grandfather, father and retired police sergeant, I must address the mayor’s recent misguided advice to the residents of New Haven. Recently, a resident of our city was the victim of a sexual assault while being held at gunpoint. From my experience as a detective and first responder, I know that sexual assault is a violent crime with devastating effects on its victims. Yet after this horrific event, the mayor’s response was to advise New Haven residents not to lock their doors.
It is never the victim’s fault when a crime occurs, but it is crucial to recognize that there are steps we can take to reduce our risk of becoming a target. Locking our doors is a good practice and increases our personal safety. It is also an effective way to prevent crimes of opportunity. To quote Benjamin Franklin, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”