My vehicle and two others had holes drilled into the gas tank to steal our gas. Our trucks were parked along 208th Street in Walnut Grove, and the vandalism happened in the early hours of Friday morning.
Given the amount of time that had been devoted to draining three gas tanks through small holes, I find it hard to believe that, on a major street, no one saw anything.
We live in a community - it may not feel like it sometimes, but we are all connected and are in this world together. This crime affects us all.
Just think about it for a minute. While I bear the inconvenience and financial cost, we all pay for the police and fire truck that responded. Vehicle owners pay through ICBC rates, and when gas or diesel leaks into the storm drains, we pay an environmental cost.
You pay taxes to provide the services to keep our community clean, secure, and safe. We need to take a more active role to help keep those costs down.
When this happens too often, more police are needed, more cleanup is needed, more insurance payouts are needed, and our costs go up.
We all need to take an active role in our communities' security and safety. If you see something, say something. Don't make it easy for the criminals to operate.
When good people do nothing, they only enable the criminal behaviour.
Mike Major, Langley