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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 28 2012 6:51 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

"... as the criminal behavior pays off by yielding money or expensive items, vandalism and theft will continue to be an issue. The solution is for each individual driver to better secure their cars and protect their belongings."

Wrong solution. Don't punish the law abiding by forcing them to adjust their way of life.

Instead, force the criminals to adjust their behavior. Utah laws should be changed to allow use of deadly force for protection of property, as well as the current authority to use it to defend against death or serious bodily injury.

Some may call that harsh, and likely to make it unsafe for criminals to ply their trades. Maybe we should just talk to the crooks, and explain that stealing is wrong, or give them money so they don't "need" to steal. However, such naive approaches only encourage criminals and enhance the danger and losses of the law abiding.

A few criminals legally shot in the act would do far more to end car prowls than the official "be a compliant victim advice."

Reminder, use of deadly force is NOT allowed under Utah law, so don't go shooting thieves unless the law is changed!

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