Monday, August 26, 2013

Stop Warning The Bad Guys

Yesterday afternoon, I left my house on the way to the grocery store. As I traveled down the highway, a car going in the opposite direction flashed their headlights at me. I knew what the “warning” meant, and sure enough, about 100 yards on down the road, there was a Buncombe County Deputy Sheriff's car parked on the side of the road.

So I would like to say to the driver who flashed his or her lights as a “warning” totally irresponsible of you.

There has been a rash of thefts and burglaries in the Barnardsville community for quite awhile now. The Sheriff's Department has information about who these individuals are that have been breaking into utility buildings, barns, storage sheds and more, and are looking for them. They even stole my landladies golf cart 2 months ago or so.

With your actions you could potentially tip off the criminals that law enforcement is around. Don't think it's a big deal? Well, it would be a very big deal if you tipped them off, and the next time they break in somewhere someone gets hurt badly... or worse... gets killed.

The same holds true when the state patrol is doing license checks. Flashing your lights as a “warning” could make a drunk driver turn around or take a side road, and get some innocent person or family injured or killed.

Our actions have potential consequences, and you are doing a terrible disservice to your family, friends, neighbors, and community with your “warning”. If your “warning” leads to something bad happening...and I hope that it doesn't...then I hope you won't suffer the guilt that would result from your own idea of a good deed going badly.

So please stop with the “warnings”. It could cost someone...maybe even someone you know...very dearly.