Car Keyers Anonymous anyone???

By: Suzanne Penegor

A hugely underreported yet vicious property crime that happens to thousands of Oregonians is car keying. This form of property damage seems to be either politically motivated, which means some sicko doesn’t like the car you drive, or maybe some kid who has nothing better to do so he/she gets some bizarre kick out of incurring property damage to others.

Preface: This last weekend, I was in Florence for 5 entire minutes at a local business, when my new car was keyed! Police estimated damages amounted to $1,000.00. They are currently looking for anyone who might have witnessed or even participated in this crime. Let me also say this all happened in broad daylight.

This type of crime at least requires some kind of labeling””ecoterrorism maybe””and its perpetrators should get some kind of required lengthy sentence and be forced to participate in car keying therapy or something.

I propose we start a new statewide focus group””Car Keyer’s Anonymous–CKA! “Hi my name is John Doe, and I’m a car keyer”. Don’t you think we should use taxpayer money to fund it like other 12 step programs which have been effective”¦ just take a look at White Bird Clinic here in Eugene! There is hope on the horizon for these people!

Why don’t the media talk about these crimes? Folks in Eugene who have been caught on camera for keying have been convicted as felons for such things, so it’s not a petty crime by any means.

Sure, it’s vandalism, but since it often happens to SUVs or nicer cars it either has to be a political crime or a class-envy crime eh? Either way, the folks who are doing it have some serious antisocial issues””I recommend car-keying therapy!

A gal I know had both sides of her Mercedes keyed. Evidently one side wasn’t enough. Another kid I know, who attends college, drives an SUV (keep in mind college kids tend to be broke and he probably got his car for safety reasons from a family member) had his car keyed so badly it dented the panels and cost him $6,000 to repair. The average cost to a property owner/car owner for this kind of crime is $1,000. I can’t imagine some sicko getting their jollies over committing this kind of crime.

At any rate, it’s time to address this type of recurring property crime and shed some media attention on it. It’s just not politically cool, people–on the contrary it’s completely hateful and antisocial! To the creeps out there who are doing it, all I can say is karma, baby, karma.

Another interesting issue re this kind of property crime to SUVs is that it focuses attention on the fact that quite often those on the left perpetuate these types of crimes to show their intolerance of others who don’t do what they consider to be “politically correct.” Yeah right, tolerance is progressive! What gives the libs the right to impose their will on others by committing property crimes against them?

As the victim of 2 car-keyings, and a friend of other such victims, I would like to say to those who do it: shame, shame, shame.

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  • DMF

    Typical of the kind of children we raise. No respect for others or their things. Cp,e

    • SUVs rock

      Great point. Maybe parents should have to get parenting licenses that are issued by the state. Someone’s clearly not doing their job, unless it’s politically motivated. Or drug-related.

  • Anonymous

    They have too much time on their hands. Kids need to be able to get a job and work without all the restrictions

  • Neal

    This is easy. I got this idea from Randy Leonard. Just have all the keys locked up.

    • Gienie

      I’m saddened that these types of crimes are overlooked in today’s society.

      Finding out the root cause of these crimes is important, and punishing those who commit these crimes is equally important.

      We had the opportunity this last legislative session to fund 24/hour police coverage for Oregon. But the “D’s” neglected urgency again!

      I hope people are writing their representatives about these types of issues, and making them aware that we need serious change in Oregon!

      • Snow

        When I was a kid, I got my first job at 12. I started babysitting when I was eleven. It felt so good to earn my own money and not rely on my parents to give me my 50 cent allowance every two weeks. Long time ago.

        Anyway, my point being kids today can’t work like that. There are so many laws, as an employer, I won’t hire a kid. They don’t have the opportunity to grow up and learn responsibilityl They are so protected, they know nothing. Especially how good it feels to earn your own money.

        This is so unfair to them. They are kept as children until they reach 18 or more. I was a mother and homemaker at 19. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to learn about the real world before I was thrust into it.

        these kids generally have a lot of time on their hands to play games and get bored. Then when they turn 18, they are turned loose in a aworld they have no handle on.

        It’s a shame, it causes things like keying, not that some wouldn’t do it anyway, but most would not. Their time is occupied and not with games and being ;children.

        That to me is the ultimate child abuse.

      • Snow

        When I was a kid, I got my first job at 12. I started babysitting when I was eleven. It felt so good to earn my own money and not rely on my parents to give me my 50 cent allowance every two weeks. Long time ago.

        Anyway, my point being kids today can’t work like that. There are so many laws, as an employer, I won’t hire a kid. They don’t have the opportunity to grow up and learn responsibility. They are so protected, they know nothing. Especially how good it feels to earn your own money.

        This is so unfair to them. They are kept as children until they reach 18 or more. I was a mother and homemaker at 19. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to learn about the real world before I was thrust into it.

        these kids generally have a lot of time on their hands to play games and get bored. Then when they turn 18, they are turned loose in a aworld they have no handle on.

        It’s a shame, it causes things like keying, not that some wouldn’t do it anyway, but most would not. Their time is occupied and not with games and being ;children.

        That to me is the ultimate child abuse.

  • dean

    Gienie,

    I’m truly sorry for what happened to your car, but the sweeping conclusions you have drawn don’t speak well of the science education you are paying your hard earned money for.

    #1: you say “keying” is an undereported crime. How have you assemble evidence of this an an underreported crime?

    #2: You conclude that some large number of these undereported crimes must be politically motivated, and amounts to “eco terrorism.” Really? Did the keyer leave a note, saying something like: ‘Buy a Prius or next time it will be a sledgehammer” or something to that effect? Because “terrorism,” as I understand it, is a crime intended to change policies or behaviour by scaring people. If no note was left, then at best it was dang ineffective at terrorism, since we can’t know what they want to change?

    #3: You go on to attribute “this type of property crime…to those on the left…to show their intolerance…”
    As if vandalism or any other crime was simply a matter of politics. As if liberals never get their cars keyed. And as if some on the right never commit crimes.

    What you have done is to draw very broad conclusions from a few anecdotes based on your political views about environmentalists. you are in danger of slipping into Ann Coulter land Gienie. Nip it in the bud and re-read those science books.

    • Gienie

      Actually, I just posted this in reference to Suzanne Penegor. This did not happen to me

    • Gienie

      Dean, I should also mention, that my job is to post stories.. I do not necessarily write them. That should be taken into account anytime you read a story here on Catalyst.

      Mrs. Penegor is a friend of mine here in Springfield. She and I have written and co-written many pieces about political issues for catalyst, Eugene Magazine, and surrounding papers all over Oregon. Since you have shown so much interest in what I or Suzanne have written, I would encourage you to search our names in the data base and read our other articles.

      How much political experience do you have Dean? Just curious!!

      On that note, I can’t take credit for writing this piece, I will take credit for posting it however.

      Suzanne’s knowledge comes from her findings, which can hardly be desputed since neither you and I were present when this situation occurred. Nor were we there when a police officer had to take the report. Nor were we present at any other discussion that took place regarding this issue.

      I would encourage you to send a message to her if you’re concerned about her findings and feel her information is disputable. Although, I don’t know how you can argue with someone’s opinion…. I’d love to see you try!

      For a 54 year old… one would think you would know better than to jump to conclusions before researching things thoroughly!

      I will say, I have learned a lot this past week from these little exchanges we’ve have!

      You are truly…..breathtaking Dean!

      • dean

        Gienie;

        My apologies in mistaking the author. As they used to say on the old version of Saturday Night Live…”Oh. Never mind.”

        My political experience? I ran for city council once and lost. Non-partisan. Beyond that I limit myself to one bumper sticker overy 2 years and selected “lawn” signs. I used to be an independent but have drifted into the arms of the always chaotic and unpredictable Democratic Party over the years.

        And I try hard to avoid sweeping conclusions from one data point. I am sure you do the same.

        • Gienie

          Noooo worries!!!

          I JUST LOVE SNL!!! Have watched the “old series” too.. even though they were made years before I was even conceived 😉

          I do try hard not to make sweeping conclusions about anything. That may just be the one thing we have in common! Oh no… wait… you have a son… make that 2 things in common haha!

          I have 3 sons and one son in utero… scheduled to grace us with his presence with in a few weeks!

          In the year 2000, I was 18 and ready to vote for my first election. Confession… had I been able to vote (gulp whole other story) in that election I wouldn’t have voted for Gore or Bush… I was going to place my vote on the other guy .. you know.. the one who invented seat belts… YEUP… RALPH NADAR… I know.. bow my head in shame… tuck my tail beneath my legs…

          My feelings have changed now… but there’s my confession for the day! HAHA

          Talk to you soon 🙂

          • dean

            Gienie,

            If you are going to waste a vote, waste the first one. Considering Nadar at all means you are an idealist. You have turned your idealism in a different direction now, seeing the best in “conservatism”. Maybe someday you will turn it again back towards the sensible center.

            My fist vote, at 19 was for Nixon in 72. Whenever I tell that to friends they say; YOU? NIXON? NO WAY!

            But not only did I vote for him, I convinced 2 of my friends to do so as well. I was dead certain and a darn good political arguer (still am). Taught me a valuable lesson out of the gate though. You might be sure of yourself at the moment, but don’t be so sure you will remain sure of yourself over time.

            So I became a liberal, and the beauty is, we liberals are never too sure about anything. That is why we often lose arguments with ourselves, or so they say.

          • Gienie

            I have met plenty of Liberals as well as Conservatives who are sure about a lot of things… Abortion… Illegal Immigration… Drug Wars… Global Cooli—I mean Warming etc….

            Most “surenesses” come from deep rooted values. Its one thing to have a moral standard for yourself… Its another to enforce that standard upon everyone else however.

            Oh… I think when Suzanne mentioned “Underreported”.. she was referring to the Media aspect. As in.. they do not report it much even though its a crime that happens a lot and is actually getting worse according to the police officer she spoke with. She did not mean that its underreported with the police…

            Hope your day was lovely!

  • Harry

    Make keys illegal and only outlaws will have keys.

    • CRAWDUDE

      Polymer keys! Problem solved……………….sometimes I even impress myself (sic) 😉

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