The trust factor

Aethne Hinchliffe
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William Shakespeare said, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

There have been a recent string of car thefts in the Codroy Valley. On top of that, people have been stealing things from cars in Port aux Basques.

Sergeant Dale Foote, with Port aux Basques’ RCMP detachment, said the cars that have been stolen in the Valley had keys them.

This got me thinking about trust. Maybe it’s time to stop trusting. The thought makes me sad.

Chester, N.S. isn’t much smaller than Port aux Basques. It’s where I spent the majority of last summer. Similar to Port aux Basques, people tend to trust other. Maybe it’s a smaller town mentality. I’m not certain.

Either way, my mother’s door is never locked. There are times she’ll come home on a chilly winter evening when she’s been out and someone’s gone in to start the fire in her wood stove.

Like here, a lot of people in Chester don’t think twice about leaving their cars unlocked. It’s a luxury a lot of small towns can afford, and it’s a reason a lot of people choose to live in smaller communities.

There’s something cozy in knowing your neighbours aren’t going to steal your bicycle, VCR, car or quad.

I took a quick break from writing to go outside, roll up my car window and lock the doors. That’s something I didn’t used to bother with.

Wanda Pope, whom I spoke with for my story, was one of the recent car-theft victims. She left her keys in the ignition, and one of her comments was she’d learned her lesson.

It’s too bad she has to be the one to have learned her lesson by trusting no one in her small community would steal her car. Has the thief of theives learned their lesson?

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, Chester, Codroy Valley

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