Thursday, 3 October 2013

A warning for motorists

The sign is on the Long Meadow car park. The red no entry sign is probably redundant as vehicular entry to Long Meadow Passage is now prevented by bollards, not to mention a skip.

But what is the purpose of the exclamatory warning sign?

"Motorists! Don't leave valuables in your car"

Is it to warn people of a huge amount of crime in the area? Is it to suggest they carry their valuables on their person so they can get mugged instead? Are motorists considered too simple to be aware of risks unless they have them pointed out? Doesn't it give the thief an excuse for their behaviour?

Such signs to me seem symptomatic of the "blame the victim" mentality too prevelant in today's society.

Where are the signs saying "Criminals! don't steal from parked cars - or the full force of the law will fall upon you"?

OK, rant over.

A contribution to signs, signs.


  1. I had not thought about signs like this from your point of view, but you make a lot of sense. I like your suggestion at the end. genie

  2. That sign gives good advice no matter where you park your car.

  3. Perhaps more patrols are needed around there!

  4. It's a CYA sign Gerald. We laugh at those too.

  5. I guess in today's society, sadly, it's just a reminder to use common sense.....

  6. I've always thought that signs like these were the place of business saying, "Don't blame us if someone breaks into your car while you are spending your money with us." And I say, "If you want my money, you should provide a safe parking area."
    Now, my rant is over too.
    Have a great week-end!
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