Thursday, December 14, 2006

Officers want your serial numbers

If you have been paying any attention to the news lately, you have noticed quite a few stories about criminal police officers. They have been involved with home invasions and selling drugs, theft and child molestation. I believe that the vast majority of police officers are good and decent people, but as with every sector of society, a certain percentage are bad. Keeping that in mind, I wonder just how effective this next program will be.

As reported in The Clarksdale Press Register:

The Clarksdale Police Department is looking to stay a step ahead of would-be thieves during this holiday season.

The department will sponsor a weapon and electronic registration drive at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, on the first floor of City Hall.

Residents are encouraged to bring the serial numbers of their firearms, guns, pistols, etc. and identification including a picture ID.

All owners of electronic equipment including TVs, XBoxes, PlayStations and MP3 players are encouraged to bring the serial numbers from their equipment.
I am sure that someone had the best of intentions when they came up with this idea, but c'mon guys, this is not the smartest of moves. Who in their right mind would deliver a list of their valuables along with an address where they can be found to total strangers?

Yes it is a good idea to have a listing of all your valuables along with identifying data such as serial numbers tucked away in a safe place. A safe place, you know, a hidden fire proof safe or a safety deposit box at the bank, or at a trusted friend or family members house. Trusting this information to a data base in the police department is just asking for trouble.

I found this article on Keep and Bear Arms.

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