Today’s Waterloo Region Record features a story about a “home invasion” prominently on the front of the local section.
Michael Harrison’s house at 12 Borden Ave. was his dream home.
But on the night of Aug. 11, 2011, it became a house of horror.
Yes, a house was invaded but there was no home invasion as the facts in the story clearly indicate:
- two people entering the house went straight for the basement (i.e. they knew that was the place to go)
- one of the victims handed over $3,000 (how many of us keep that kind of cash around?)
- a half pound of marijuana was also given out of a basement safe (you can put two and two together)
Yes, there was a horrific crime and everyone who unlawfully entered that house that night should be charged, face trial and be punished.
But to describe it as the invasion of someone’s dream home! I don’t think so. Here’s a letter to the editor I’ve already submitted.
When someone reads about a home invasion of someone’s dream home, they naturally fear that it could happen to them. I’m shocked at The Record’s coverage of a so-called home invasion. The facts in the story clearly indicate that this home was targeted for its large quantities of drugs and cash.
Sensationalizing this crime story as if it could happen to anyone in our community is irresponsible and benefits no one. It only feeds the myths supporting Stephen Harper’s tough on crime agenda. Let’s report crime accurately so that we can address its root causes rather than its myths.
This story includes plenty of interesting information to include in a captivating story that people want to read–and I might add sells newspapers. I urge them to stick to the facts rather than making crime out to be worse than it really is.
Here is what I have written in response to this crime. I stand by these words.