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Ways to prevent Long Neck burglaries Local businesses and home- owners need a new tool to thwart thieves, and facilitate arrest and prosecution of those responsible. Burglars want cash. What if local business owners employ a Cash Serial Number reader service? A secret number of bills would be fed through the reader once and kept handy in the register waiting for a thief. Dif- ferent bills would be used daily so clerks would not know which bills have been recorded. In the unlikely event of a burglary, without confrontation the clerk would give the thief the regis- tered bills along with the take. After the burglary the business would notify the police that those specific serial numbers are now hot. What is the thief going to do with the money? If he spends the money, he runs the risk of being arrested for possession of stolen money. If he uses the money to buy drugs from a dealer, he implicates the drug dealer in the burglary as well as the drug deal. Drug dealers will be reluctant to accept this hot cash. If the thief is caught in possession of the hot bills, case closed. In order for this scheme to work, the business needs to post signs in the business indicating that serial numbers are being recorded for this purpose. See- ing the signs, would-be thieves would choose a different busi- ness with no signs. The signs would protect the participating business from thieves. Can you imagine all businesses in the Long Neck area banding together to use this technique? Local police would have traceable cash in the event of a robbery. Computers can remember stolen serial numbers much longer than a thief can wait to circulate the bills. Bank participation in checking serial numbers after a robbery would eliminate laun- dering at the local bank. Having such a sign may be sufficient to scare away a burglar from your business. In order for this scheme to work, a reasonable number of se- rial number readers needs to be in operation in the local jurisdic- tion. Computerized readers in businesses or banks also have the capability of checking cash to see if any hot serial numbers have been received. This will satu- rate the area looking for stolen money. Is this affordable? Yes. A mod- est business can manually record a small stash of serial numbers and put up their own sign telling would-be thieves the business is participating in the local pro- gram. If the business is hit, the serial numbers will be entered into the community database of stolen bills making them hot on SUBMITTED PHOTO DELDOT EMPLOYEE Vince Tofanicchio captured this shot of the flooding on Route 30 near Milton following last Friday’s torrential downpours. WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; or preferably email newsroom@ Letters » Weather Picture » Editorial » S eriously? Rehoboth Beach officials have worked for more than a decade on how to meet a federal mandate to get effluent from the city’s wastewater treatment plant out of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, which flows into the Inland Bays. For years, the Cape Gazette has pointed out Rehoboth Beach is a treasure, not just to its residents, but to the state of Delaware, and the key to the city’s success is its beautiful beaches and sparkling ocean. For years the Cape Gazette has pointed out that even a mile-long ocean outfall poses risks to our favorite beach town’s reputation, a problem former Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Con- trol Collin O’Mara called “bad optics.” We’ve also pointed out that increasing demand for water coupled with predicted sea level rise could invite saltwater intrusion into our water supply. In light of these factors, we’ve said, in this space, spray irrigation is a no-brainer. Except that when the numbers finally came in, the cost of spray irrigation to city ratepay- ers was about double the cost of ocean outfall. That being the case, Rehoboth officials had little choice but the outfall – especially when some environmental scientists say ocean out- fall is the better alternative. State officials have dragged their feet at every step in this process. O’Mara held up permitting for over a year trying to find a better answer, but eventually he left office before finding one. Meanwhile, costs mount as the city moves forward with its plan, approved by city voters in a 2016 referendum. Now the Carney administration has appar- ently halted final permits until new DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin reviews the plan. Meanwhile, polluting nutrients flow into our Inland Bays. We say, enough. If the state opposes ocean outfall, then it should deny the permit and commit to helping the people of Rehoboth pay for a plan that will keep both our ocean and our state waters clean. No decision is not a solution. State officials must put up or shut up. If state opposes outfall, it should pay for alternative Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Laura Ritter, news editor; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; and Nick Roth, sports editor. Continued on page 7 For local weather, including highs and lows see page 51 » Viewpoints 6 TUESDAY, MAY 9 - THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017 Cape Gazette Cape Gazette Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor Emeritus, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Sports Editor, Nick Roth, Ext. 317 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Maddy Lauria, Ext. 321 Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck CONTRIBUTORS Nathalie Willard Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEB MANAGER Catherine M. Tanzer, PHOTOGRAPHERS Dan Cook Steven Billups Deny Howeth PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Edwin Krumm, Ext. 309 CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds Manager, Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 Melissa Perdue, Ext. 302 ADVERTISING Sales Manager, Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 Amanda Neafie, Ext. 306 Andrew Thomas, Ext. 310 Kathy McGinty, Ext. 311 PRODUCTION STAFF Teresa Rodriguez Kristin Sinnott Eric Lawson Christopher D. Foster Bob Yesbek Sarah Bryce CIRCULATION Manager, Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Joni Dempsey Scott Vickers Jay Besche Dan Cook Tom King Pat and Bill Ash SUBSCRIPTIONS/MAIL DELIVERY Melissa Perdue, Ext. 302 RECEPTIONIST Charity Vernon Email for news, letters: Email for advertising: Email to subscribe: Email for web: About Cape Gazette: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294), known office of publication at 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958, is published every Tuesday and Friday by Cape Gazette Ltd. Periodicals postage paid at Lewes, Delaware. 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