Topic: Can we start taking Crime Seriously in DC
Can we start taking Crime Seriously in DC
A few weeks ago an intruder tried to break into the basement apartment of my house. He got the screen off of the full-size window and started prying the window open. I was at work, but other occupants were home and ran out the door. The intruder tried to run away but was apprehended by police. Kudo’s to the fast response of the police. However, I was floored to find out the introder was charged with misdemeanor unlawful entry. The fine max. is $1000 and max time in jail is 6 months. The maximum penalty here is a joke. It certianly doesnt equate to the violating fear and anxiety myself and the other occpants feel in our house. Is this actually going to deter anyone from commiting crimes? The man obviously was intending to break into the house, and had he gotten in before the residents ran out- who knows what would have happened. I also now have to pay to have one window replaced and the lock on my fence replaced (he stole the metal rod off the lock to pry the screen open with). I am extremely disappointed by the lack of seriousness that DC seems to take criminal activity. If this was Virginia, the offense would actually be serious.