Criminals make a living off human error. Why? Because our flaws are predictable \u2014 and perpetual. Whether it\u2019s forgetting to lock the car at night or leaving a precious item unguarded for even a moment, mistakes get made time and time again. And these misjudgments unlock a gateway for thieves to take advantage of, and thrive in. The good news is we can prevent this from happening in our safe New England community. How? By copying what generations before us have done for decades: Be mindful, take responsibility, use common sense, and eschew general laziness. In other words, take an active approach. Don\u2019t be lulled into a false sense of security \u2014 it\u2019s the first card we deal to criminals that makes them think it\u2019s OK to sit down at our table. It\u2019s not. So remove all your valuables from your vehicle, lock everything, set alarms, install lights and cameras (if you must), and most importantly, if you see something, say something. Deny these delinquents any and all possible opportunities. The less success they have, the less frequently they\u2019ll return to Ridgefield. The police say they\u2019re taking this recent crime wave to heart. The rest of the community should, too. Be on the lookout; don\u2019t take safety for granted.