Posted on | December 22, 2013 | 19 Comments
How many times have I said this? A lot: The key to crime prevention is to identify, apprehend and imprison criminals. People who commit serious crimes also usually commit petty crimes, and by the time you actually catch a criminal and convict him on a serious charge, he’s probably already gotten away with numerous minor crimes.
It’s the Al Capone Principle: The infamous mobster was responsible for a vast criminal enterprise, but all they could convict him for was federal tax evasion. OK, fine, lock him up on this relatively minor crime but please, for the love of God, lock him up!
This came to mind as I read the news from New Jersey:
Nearly a week after 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland was gunned down in a deadly carjacking while returning to his vehicle in an upper level parking deck of the Mall at Short Hills, police this morning arrested four men on charges of murder.
The four, were identified as Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, Kevin Roberts, 35, all of Newark, and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington. All were being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility on $2 million bail each.
The four have been charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, according to FOX News.
Friedland and his wife, Jamie, had returned to their parked 2012 silver Range Rover after an evening of holiday shopping on December 15th. Friedland had opened the car door for his wife and was said to have been walking behind the vehicle to the other side when he was confronted by several of the alleged carjackers. After reportedly getting into a scuffle with one of them, Friedland was shot once in the head and later died in a Morristown, NJ hospital.
(The reported “scuffle” — Bruce Friedland resisting the robbers — may well have saved his wife’s life.)
The stolen Range Rover was found the following morning in Newark, NJ. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said in a press conference today that the crime is believed to have been motivated by the vehicle, according to the Star Ledger.
The state of NJ has been battling carjacking crimes in Essex County. Earlier this summer, a joint NJ state and federal task force launched an anti-carjacking public awareness campaign, aimed in part at warning would-be carjackers of serious consequences for related offenses.
Since 2009, more than 200 carjackings have taken place in Essex County, and each year that number continues to climb. . . .
In the 1990s, Essex County led the nation in car theft. With advances in technology, vehicles are better equipped with sophisticated anti-theft devices, making it almost impossible for an amateur to steal an unattended car. As a result, carjackings have been on the rise.
In recent years, there have been more than 400 carjackings in the county. These crimes occur in the early morning hours and late at night.
Again proving my point that crime is a people problem: People who want to steal cars cannot ultimately be deterred by “anti-theft devices,” but will resort to whatever means are necessary to their felonious intentions because they are criminals.
It’s who they are, it’s what they do, and they’re going to keep committing crimes at every opportunity, until you lock them up:
The four thugs accused of savagely killing a young Hoboken lawyer in a New Jersey mall’s parking garage have extensive criminal histories — and one had been released from jail just four days before the slaying. . . .
All four — who face possible life sentences — have rap sheets stretching back years that include multiple burglary and drug counts.
Thompson, who has done more than a dozen stints in the Essex County Jail, was released on Dec. 11 after serving time on a burglary charge.
Roberts has been arrested 13 times on narcotics and weapons offenses.
Both Ford and Henry were sent to prison in 2003 — Ford for burglary and Henry for bank robbery, records show.
Henry finished federal prison time eight months ago for a robbery in which he put a gun to the head of a Union Township bank employee.
So two of the accused carjacking killers had only recently gotten out of the slammer and evidently none of them has ever done anything for a living except deal dope and steal stuff. Career criminals, one and all, and nobody is safe as long as such criminals are on the streets, not even the affluent residents of Short Hills, New Jersey, a community 22 miles west of New York City. The population of Short Hills is 81% white, the median household income is $235,799 and if you’re a criminal from Newark looking for rich people to rob, Short Hills is a target-rich environment.
The irony is that the cops on the Anti-Carjacking Task Force actually know who commits these crimes: Today’s dope bust or burglary suspect is tomorrow’s armed robber or murderer, but our legal system has been perverted by decades of liberal jurisprudence so that courts and cops are required to pretend that crime happens utterly at random and 30-year-old lawyers get shot dead at the shopping mall by criminals who had no business being anywhere near that mall because they should have been behind bars. Our legal system has been hijacked by radical ideologues who apparently believe that criminals have a monopoly on “rights,” but in the immortal words of Inspector Harry Callahan: “Well, I’m all broken up about that man’s rights.”