EDITORIAL: Have a little faith

Photo illustration by Matt Matteucci | matt_matteucci@yahoo.com

When someone loses his or her wallet, cell phone or other treasured property, more often than not they bid farewell to their belongings forever. Ever-fluctuating crime rates have people doubting the integrity of their fellow man and expecting shady behavior.

Location plays a large role in the safety of your personal property but even in Sacramento, a city with its fair share of seedy neighborhoods, you will still find a few honest, good men and women.

City College student Lia Rose never thought she would see her wallet again after her car was broken into near her home in Rosemont. Her window was broken, and her backpack containing her textbooks and wallet were taken. Two hours after she found her car broken in to, Rose received a call from a friend who was contacted by a couple in the neighborhood. They had found Rose’s wallet in their trashcan.

“They were very concerned about me not having my wallet,” she said. “I was absolutely surprised; I never thought I would see it again.”

Although $7 was missing from the wallet, all Rose’s credit cards and her ID were still intact.

In 2009 the property crime rate in Sacramento was higher than the national property crime rate by 64 percent, according to CityRating.com, but in 2012 the overall crime rate in Sacramento is expected to decrease as it has in the past three years.

The Sacramento Bee reported that there were 21 auto burglaries last year, a drop from 53 in 2010.

Declining crime rates may help boost faith in our peers but there is nothing like first hand experience.

City College student Jeff Tardaguila lost his wallet on campus while traveling between meetings. To his surprise, he received a call from campus police saying someone had turned it in. Tardaguila said he expected all the money and probably the credit cards to be gone, but he was more concerned about his address book.

When he was able to retrieve the wallet from the campus police, Tardaguila was surprised to find not only his address book but all his money and his credit cards as well.

“I couldn’t believe everything was still there. There wasn’t even a dollar taken out,” he said. “It’s really good to know that there are still people who do this kind of thing.”

As time goes by and shady and greedy behavior continue, it may be difficult to keep a positive attitude and expect that another fellow human will do the right thing. But it turns out that many people are responsible and caring, letting their best selves shine when they help others. And for that, we should all be grateful and return the favor when the opportunity arises.