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We spent 30 years in a quiet Suffolk Village, Hadleigh. Our elderly next-door neighbour said that when she was a child she the whole villagewould leave for a day at the seaside travelling in coaches, horse and carts.
The doctor, butcher, baker and even the local policeman went - and they all left their doors and windows open to air the house.
Nothing was ever stolen. This would have been in 1900 to 1920 when the punishment would fit the crime - it deterred wrongdoing.
With current punishment, if burglars are caught they mostly get paltry fines or home detention.
It is little wonder burglaries are so profitable.
Jim Adams Rotorua
Brian Gore wrote that a viewing platform could be erected for the Hemo Gorge sculpture a vacant piece of land between Old Taupo Rd and Mokoia Drive, (Letters, July 24).