Friday, July 27, 2007

The Days Of The Lockpick Are Over

Pico Rivera, CA

There are a lot of ways to break into a building, but you don't see folks using a car very often.

Around about 3:30 this morning, two men and a woman broke into a CVS pharmacy in Pico Rivera by ramming a stolen car through the front. They took off in a van as police arrived. Back on the 18th, burglars did the exact same job at a CVS in Anaheim. No word if it's the same people, but the fact that all they took was cold medicine with pseudoephedrine in it speaks volumes.

There seems to be a theme of pharmacy burglaries, lately. A Rexall in La Mirada got tagged, too. No car, but the front doors were busted open. No word on what was taken.

I see two ways to deal with the drug problem. One clearly has a track record of not working, and that's to increase the risk. It didn't' work in prohibition, it doesn't work now. Drugs are lucrative. Increasing the risks just increases the rewards.

Another way, is to stop making them so damn lucrative. Legalize marijuana, for example, and the turf wars and jacked up peripehral crimes will dry up. How many people get shot over smuggled untaxed cigarettes compared to the folks getting shot over pot deals?

I doubt that legalizing meth would necessarily do the same thing, because the substance itself jacks people up so much, but just making it more difficult to create makes it worth more. Demand stays the same, but supplies dwindle, which attracts more people into the trade, as the amount of available money goes up.

Look, I don't have an answer, but I do know what's not working.

2 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

It seems like a crying shame just to take cold medicine. At least grab some Vicodin and Twix on the way out the door.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Oooh! Twix.

Damn, I am hungry.