Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 18, 1973 · Page 16
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 16

Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, June 18, 1973
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16 Gafesbufd Register-Mail, Golesburg June 18. 1973 The New Natl 0 (Continued From Page 14) ]ic Library, says sands of dollars To a degree, banging at thie tefepttone box might be excused as aiotmal frustration. But thefe are offlref kinds ofi everyday crime which cannot be foirgivien at all. Pauline Loliis Pub- fltoafc thou- wartfa of damage md loss is sustained by tor institution annually; "Women tear necipes out of cookbooks, students rip whoile sections out of the encycIope-< dias. At any given (time we have thousands of books and phonograph records overdue, possibly stolen. Recently we had a 'free-fee week* where we urged everyone with overdue books to return them; we got 12,630 items back, including many records which had become very outdated." THE RESULT OF this kind of senseless larceny has resulted in enormous problems for the nation's libraries. Already burdened, with fimanci'aii problems, many cities have had to resort to excessive se- to protect Guards at curity measures library property, the door. Electronic snooping machines. In one attempt to stem, page pilfering, the St. Louis Libria- ry installed several 25 cents- a-page duplicating machines; when the books continued to be multigated the copy-page price was dropped to a dime — and still the books are being regularly destroyed. Despite all security preoau* lions, many public facilities continue to be mercilessly victimised. Hotels among ihem. One New York hotel is reported to have lost 75,000 finger bowls in its first 10, months of operation. CHARLES BARNETT of the Holiday Inn motel chain, says that theft is so prevalent in the industry, customer dishonesty is merely considered part of the business hazard: "One inn in Memphis losesi about 500 towels a month. Another of our managers says his washcloths simply walk out the door." TV sets, glasses, bedspreads, curtains — Holiday Inn is so wary now, Harnett says, "we screw all our pictures into the walls. You can't, Barnett adds, stop people from being pie. Apparently not. Roger Powers of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., says that at least 31 of 50 states have anti-litter laws, yet states like Michigan must spend $3 million annually in roadside and recreational cleanup. The American Insurance Assn. has said that 75 per cent of all claims are dishonest in some respect, and the amount of overpayment is more than $300 million a year. AND RETAIL OFFICIALS from around the nation report that shoplifters pilfer $2-3 billion worth of counter merchandise a year; "I remember one young girl/* says a clothier, "who, peo- Washington Toro Adjustable steering column 4-spccd in-line transmission Key-Lcctric'® starter 25" cutting width Optional "bagging attachment •i Safety deflector bar 'Wind-Tunnel''® r vacuums as you mow TORO Haven't voii done o V See Our Fully Equipped Mowe Vacuum bag eliminates Safety bar helps deflect stones "Key-Lectric"® starting Safety shield helps protect toes 'Front-wheel drive I Model 21373 TORO Haven't you done without a Toro long enough f i IN KNOXVILLE Timber-289-421 ATTENTION waited out of hm wearing nine biousfes." boggle the York, detec- The statistics mind. One New tive, Mark Lipman, who has written a book on the subject, feels -the petty offense situa* tion in America today is out of control. The nation's pastime is hot baseball, says he sourly, "it's theft." And the reasons? The reasons are as varied as the crime. The "decline*' in family guidance. The "liberalization" of public schools. Dr. Elton Trueblood, in his book "A Place to Start," says that men- have always broken laws, that is nothing new; what is new is "the acceptance that there is really no objective truth about what human conduct country are not taken fat resale or stripping, but (6t joy riding or other frivolities. Industrial theft is increasing, says Mark Lipman, at,the rate of 15 to 20 per cent a year, costing corporations $3 to $15 billion a year. And of J course there are the petty politicians who break not only laws but public trust. The facts are disturbing. In a way, too disturbing. And no doubt we can, uh, explain ought to be." Evangelist Billy agrees, saying the objective truth should be "God's laws," and adding that the problem in the nation springs from the "doctrine of permissiveness" which he says "asserts that every individual should choose for himself what's right or wrong, which laws to obey and which to flaunt" YET BEYOND THE debatable opinions and accusations, there is at least one hard fact about the growth of petty crime: it's easy to get away with it. It is simply not statistically true that crime doesn't pay in America. Crime pays rather well and everyone knows it. Of the six million serious crimes recorded by the FBI annually, only about two in 10 are ever cleared — that is, closed by trial. Thus, says an FBI agent: "If you commit a serious crime you have an 80 per cent chance of going unpunished. If you commit a petty crime, well, conviction rates for that are almost nonexistent." Thus the lesson is clear to many., According to Norman Jaspan, author of the book "The Thief in the White Collar": "People are as honest as their environment. You take a guy who spends five years getting a master's degree in retailing—and two months after he joins a firm, he's got a doctorate in stealing. What I'm saying is that people see crimes committed all around them, with impunity. It's part of the system. It's the thing to do. No wonder they get on board themselves." JASPAN IS particularly gloomy about business crime. He believes half the'people in industry—plants or offices —are taking something from the boss. And very often, the boss is taking something from Sjome other boss. He says businesses are now spending $5 billion a year on guards to watch their employes, knowing full well, alas and alack, many of the guards are crooked, too. And lest any misconception is formed, Jaspan and other authorities remind that petty crime knows no moral barriers regarding sex, age or social status. Jaspan says women are frightfully efficient at stealing — "look what they can get in their brassieres alone." And Bill Gordon of the Insurance Information Institute says that much of the insurance fraud in America is committed by doctors and lawyers and other professional people. "Almost everybody," says one authority, shaking his head, "is in on the take." AND SO IT GOES in America (and other nations). Credit card cheats bi\k companies of $1.5 billion a year; embezzlers pilfer upwards of $1 billion annually. Seven out of 10 automobiles stolen in the them away. There are, after all, some 1,156,000 laws in America (according to the Guinness Book of Records) and, well, golly, no one can help but break a few. Be- Graham s ^ es » cheating on the income tax, defrauding the insurance company or ripping a page from a library book is hardly in the saine class With > bugging Watergate is it? Well, is it? RECENTLY IN New York the National Science Foundation conducted an experiment which wallets J n ST, LOtJlS (UPI) *» Burglars broke into the home of Letita Callflrian during the weekend while she visited with her son, Thomas, in thfe hospital, where he was in critical condition from injuries suffered in the dynamite bombing of his car. Callanan, % lost parts of both legs and several fingers Friday when a bomb ripped through his car. He is a business agent for the St, Louis Steamfitters' Union. Mrs. Callanan is the widow of Lawrence Callanan, longtime boss of. the union. Ransacked Callanan told Mrs. police Sunday that someone kicked in the rear door of her home be­ tween.early Saturday and late ! Sunday afternoon. Police said the entire house had been ran* sacked. Stolen items included a $5,000 mink coat and a shoebos containing $600 in change. Investigators theorized that the attempt on the younger Callanan's life may have been made in reprisal for the shooting death of Lawrence Calla- naft's successor, Edward Steska, and the in February, 1972, bombing death of Shoulders last August, murders remain unsolved. Louis D. Both Remote Control Police said the explosives placed in the front of Callanan's luxury car apparently were detonated by remote control, possibly by someone following Cal- Stretitdr Crash Injures Two in containing cards money and LD. cards were dropped around the city. During one segment of the study, only 10 per cent of the wallets were returned. DESCRIBES, VIC T OR Y Making a point, Thomas Bradley describes his victory over Mayor Sam Yorty in Los Angeles as a "backlash" against racism. NEA (UPI)Two Streator. His passenger, Edward men were injured Sunday when Ferklho, also of Streator, was in guarded condition today at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. laftan's car in atiothef auto. The explosion demolished the car. Detectives said it was known that Callanah had a device at- - tached to his 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV that could start the car's,engine from as far away as three miles. He presumably had installed the garage-door-opener- type device to protect himself from a possible bombing. Most bombs in cars are wired so that they go off when the ignition is turned on, police said. At St. Louis County Hospital, where Callanan is in intensive care, relatives had one family member start their cars before other members would get inside. a single engine Aeronica Cham pion airplane hit a tree and cnashied northeast of here. The pilot, Burin L. McMahan, 28, Streator, was in fair condition at St Mary's Hospital in Witnesses told police the plane went into a spiral-dive, hit a tree, sliced through two trees and crashed to the grbund. J 4U> m m /!& w p P m It eft*' I '"It • pG£ m. MERCHANTS DOCTORS N Credit- Exch OPENING Wishes to Announce HOSPITALS ring field, m OUR GALESBURG OFFICE WE OFFER FOft OUR MEMBERS $2.50 per Account Collection Regardless oi Size or Age. No number Accls. Required. A Monthly Copy of Our State of Illinois Credit Report Bulletin for only S5.CO per month. So Join Today for Only $5.00 lor 6 Month Membership BARTONVILLE BLOOMINGTON CANTON WE HAVE OFFICES IN: MACOM MONMOUTH SPRINGFIELD Presently *ervina 60% oi Galesburg Merchant! & serving over 2,500 of all merchants. Special Collection Service for Doctors and Hospitals If You Haven't Tried Our Service, Now Ask Your Neighbor » HE HAS! NOTICE - No New Members Accepted After July 1, 1973 So Join Today by Calling; Mr. H. A. 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NOTHING HAS BEEN HELP BACK 75% I DON'T MISS THIS TREMENDOUS SALE ENTIRE STOCK OF ALL MEN'S & WOMEN'S FOOTWEAR REDUCED FROM 4 U'- STOP IN THIS WEEK. Open Tonight •Til Tues. 9 a.m. to i 1 J * 1 If* / 214 E. MAIN/ GALESBURG, PH. 342*1313 <

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