Trusted local news leader for Prescott area communities since 1882
Mon, March 18

Wiederaenders: I like my stuff, get your own!

I like a warm truck in the morning.

After tending to chores and feeding animals, I head off to work. Lately, with the cold rain and snow, I have been known to start the truck and turn on the heater, and then go back inside the house to collect my briefcase and lunch box.

The notice from Prescott Valley Police that we published on Saturday hit home for me. It related that a driver left their car running outside a business recently, only to come back out to see it being driven away.

I can hear them now: “I was only away from it for a second.” (By the way, that’s the same statement people make having left their child unattended in the tub.)

A second or two is too long.

Unfortunately, that is also why we lock our doors at night or when we’re away from the house.

These are not the days, like when I was growing up, when we left doors unlocked, cars unlocked (with the keys tucked in the visor), or purses or personal items left unattended.

We could trust that our stuff would be left alone.

Those instances, nowadays, are when someone passing by can get inside and rummage around to their heart’s desire — or drive away in your vehicle.

It makes me think of comedian George Carlin’s act, “A Place For My Stuff.”

“I can see it on your table, everybody’s got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that’s your stuff, that’ll be his stuff over there.”

I say, however, my stuff is not your stuff.

“That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is — a place to keep your stuff. … A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you’re taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody’s got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff.”

Do you get your stuff back when it’s taken? I didn’t the time in Lake Havasu City when someone took my cassette tapes and a jacket overnight from inside my truck.

Oh, and that person who left their car running outside that business in Prescott Valley? Their car was found in Dewey. No problem, unless it was wrecked; except their day also was sort of ruined or delayed.

“When you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn’t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff.”

I think we can all learn from this. It will not take you that long to warm up your car or truck, as you are leaving the house or going inside a business. It also would not hurt to get a spare key so you can lock the vehicle while it is warming up.

I certainly do not want to learn the hard way, like I did in Havasu. No more leaving my truck unattended, unlocked and with the engine running.

I like my stuff. Get your own stuff!

By the way, a lot of neighborhoods have a great thing going — it is called Neighborhood Watch. It’s people looking out for each other.

If you see anything suspicious in neighborhoods or business parking lots — or want information on the Neighborhood Watch program — call the police or Sheriff’s Office. For non-emergencies, you can call Prescott Valley Police Department at 928-772-9267; Prescott Police at 928-777-1900; Chino Valley Police, 928-636-4223; or the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 — or dial 911 in an emergency.

And, folks, lock up your stuff.

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or


This Week's Circulars

To view money-saving ads...