When even well-read poli-bloggers like Ben Schwartz are joking about the fact that they've used up all their NYT free articles on the 28th (before the end) of the month... because not even he's a subscriber - and if NYT has already seen a serious dive in online readership due to their paywall, then are Chattanoogans in any number gonna pay for the limited website content and clunkiness of the online-TFP? Of course not. That's what ads are for. What a dumb effing move.
Most everyone I know who has lived in N. Chatt area for very long has had this happen at least once (or twice), so it's well-known that Chattanooga thieves love the old smash-and-grab, esp. since they seem to get away with it so often.
Surprising is the degree of apparent acceptance of this crime, based on the quotes in the article:
"But catching the culprits is tricky, he said. 'They’re so quick,' Chief Williams said. 'They just knock the window out, grab it and they’re gone.'"
Yes, but most of us adults are already aware of how the smash-and-grab works. The problem lies in how well it's always worked in Chattanooga.
While this article may educate the few left out there who don't know to hide their valuables when locking their cars, it provides little hope that a solution can be found via law enforcement.
And it's somewhat shocking (and Chief Wiggum-like) to hear such an attitude directly from Police Officials!
No ideas are offered as to how police might be able to combat this rise in smash-and-grabs (which, to the Chief's defense, might require asking for extra officers on the street, and that suggestion always costs somebody, either politically, or just their job). No idea how to combat this recurring-and-expanding problem, just "remember to hide those purses, folks"!
Come on, these figures could be expected to decline with a rise in the number of on-duty patrol cars, so why not just say so?
(Or why not just ask them, TFP?)