SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - There has been a rash of thefts of lawn mowers in Sussex County, which is causing a big security problem. In eight towns in Southern Delaware, more than 30 mowers were stolen from homes and businesses.
Police said that the trend is troubling, but that many of the thefts are easily avoidable. They said that most thefts were crimes of opportunity, in which the owner did not lock the devices up or allowed them to idle outside without supervision.
On Holly Oak Drive in Laurel, a mower was taken just two weeks ago. Everett Hart was smoking a pipe on his front lawn next store to where the incident occurred. At 80 years old, he still mows his own lawn and said that it is upsetting to hear about the theft.
"It's sad really," he said. "You know - It's one of those things. You just have to live with in this time."
And it's not just private homeowners. Many landscapers have had their devices stolen as well. Many of the lawn-mowers that were stolen were commercial brand lawn equipment. For this reason, Delaware State Police has urged people not to assume that any device is too heavy to be stolen.
Jacob Kinnikin, of Laurel works for a landscaping company and said it's something he is aware of on a daily basis.
It's happened to people before," he said. "People just get that feeling that they want to take something, they want to do it. And so they do it."
But it's not just in Laurel. Mowers have been stolen in Blades, Georgetown, Greenwood, Laurel, Seaford, Bridgeville, and most recently Millsboro. Kinnikin said that these events could be avoided if owners of the devices were more careful.
"If you leave it unsecured, that's on you," he said. "You made that mistake on leaving it unsecured. I mean I've done it myself."
Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:00:51 GMT
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