In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.

Last week' question:

On Jan. 2, a young girl was kidnapped after she and her mother were followed home from the Antioch Walmart. The next day we learned there had been a similar kidnapping attempt at that same Walmart the night before, which police investigated, as well as two other attempted kidnappings of women that night in East County. Despite this, the public did not know of these attempts. Do you think the public should have been warned of the previous attempts?

IGNORANCE is bliss! But knowledge is power. People should stay constantly aware of their surroundings.

Ann Hr

Brentwood

YES. THE POLICE department should have issued a warning to all residents so we could been more aware at help keep our children safe. If we had known, perhaps that abduction would not have occurred because everyone would have been on high alert.

The perpetrator might have been aware that people were on high alert, thus thwarting any further attempts to kidnap an innocent child. Perhaps the Target employee would have provided her invaluable information about the suspect much sooner, and he could have been apprehended sooner for these attempted abductions. Or, perhaps, maybe someone would have noticed the man was following that family, if an alert had been given.


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Michelle Estrada

Antioch

YES, the more we know, the more power we have to protect ourselves and others.

Kelly Capece Craig

Antioch

YES, the public should have been warned. Helps parents keep their kids close to them.

Jacqueline Anderson

ABSOLUTELY! It could of prevented the kidnapping from happening!

Jennifer Bigler

YES! WE SHOULD have known about of all previous attempts. Information is power and prevention -- that's the key. It just sucks we can't go and do normal everyday activities these days without worrying about something terrible may happen. I pray every day for the little girl who lost so much that night. I hope she will be able to overcome such an atrocity.

Raina Rencehausen-Moore

Antioch

YES! WE ABSOLUTELY should be notified. Failed attempts equals more attempts. It helps with prevention when everyone is informed and can be on the lookout.

Nikki Craner-Gullion

Oakley

YES, I DO think the public should have been made aware of these three other kidnapping attempts. It keeps us all informed and on higher alert. People just might avoid the areas in question and that's OK. No child or person should ever have to go through an abduction. Thank God that precious child was found quickly and alive.

Dee Dee Chudzinski

Brentwood

YES, WE SHOULD have been told about all the previous attempts. Information is power and prevention is the key. It just sucks we can't go and do normal everyday activities these days without worry that something terrible might happen. I pray every day for the little girl who lost so much that night she was taken. I hope she will be able to overcome such an atrocity.

Raina Moore

Antioch

POOR LITTLE girl. Police can at least issue a warning. Parents should watch their kids regardless.

Abe Guerrero

Antioch

YES. PUBLIC safety should always be a priority. In this age of public/social media, it isn't hard to get the word out at all!

Dana O'Brien

YES! Forewarned is forearmed. We need to know if there is a potential danger in our midst!

Lisa Coleman Bramblet

ABSOLUTELY! How are we supposed to protect ourselves if we are not aware that there are predators in certain areas?

Tabitha McIntyre

Brentwood

YES, the local police should have a Facebook page that you can like and receive posts, if they don't already. But yes, we should be notified.

Daren Craner

YES, so parents can keep a better eye on their kids and surrounding.

Rick Moore

YES, yes, yes! So we can be a little more cautious than usual!

Annette Redding

YES, I WISH I had known. My daughter and I fit the same profile as the kidnapping victim and her mom. That could have been us if I had chosen to go to Walmart that day.

Michelle Nguyen

IT'S A sad day when worrying about the backlash is more important than keeping the citizens safe.

Raquel Serna

IT WOULD BE beneficial for us all to know and be more aware as to protect ourselves, and even catch the predator before he strikes.

Amber Elliott

YES, WE SHOULD have known. We need to be able to alert our children to be extra, extra cautious when there is a situation happening. We also need to know so we can be more alert.

Genevieve Mann

YES, OF course! I would not want to be out alone with my toddler and run into those scenarios. I would prefer to remain behind locked doors!

Jennifer Green-Villalba

This week's question:

More often these days newer tract homes are being used for illegal marijuana grow operations. Often the modified electrical circuitry and wiring used for the illegal activity results in a fire. What can neighbors look for and what could they do to help ensure these operations are shut down before they catch on fire and potentially harm others in the neighborhood?

Email your response to bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com. or post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published.

Sonny Wangerin

AS A CITIZEN I have a right to know what is going on in my town. Withholding information is taking away my free will and choice to decide for myself if I choose to go to a certain part of town. Do not take away my right to protect my family.

Sherry Laube

Antioch

YES, THE PUBLIC should have been made aware. Someone in the community could have spotted him and possibly prevented the girl's abduction had the description of the car been known. People have the right to know these things.

Tammy Millard

Antioch

YES! This could have been prevented.

Joseph Sakamoto

Brentwood

CERTAINLY YES! WHAT else is happening that we, the public who is paying for police services, don't know about. The Contra Costa Times doesn't have the police calls for Pittsburg in this week's paper again. We should demand full knowledge and transparency to know what is happening when it is happening. That little girl's mother might have been more aware of the person targeting her and following her home from the same place where the attempted kidnapping happened the day before.

Rick Cendejas

YES, THE GIRL that lives two houses down from me was followed home by two different guys when she was walking home from Park Middle School. One was a silver car and a yellow car. It happened a few weeks ago. They need cameras everywhere. The police wouldn't come out after she called them. They said they had no one free to come.

Charles Buffo

YES. I DON'T know if it could have been prevented, but it certainly would help parents be more aware and keep their children more safe.

Christina Del Col Bess

Antioch

THE SHORT ANSWER is "yes." Maybe people would have been more cautious, but if we're bombarded with information every time there's a code 33, how long will it be until either we think we live in Richmond or just ignore the information?

Noah Burt

YES. The news reports everything else!

Vita Collaco

IT WAS MOST unfortunate that the kidnapping incidents occurred, and originated at the Walmart store. I don't think the police department can notify the public about some of the illegal activities that occur there, as there are just too many in the Walmart parking lot daily.

For the information for the public, the Walmart parking area is an area that various people are attracted to for some of their illegal activities, and possibly is one of the worst in the city. Citizens have got to realize that Walmart security won't do anything, contrary to any thoughts otherwise. They will just report anything illegal occurring in their parking lot to the police and go back in the store.

You'll never see or hear of anything like that in those numerous Walmart TV commercials that flood your TV stations. Personally, I realize that crime can occur anywhere, but I try to avoid known trouble spots, like the Walmart parking lot, as it seems to be a location for some undesirables to practice their trade of all sorts of illegal activities.

Dick Augusta

Antioch

This week's question:

More often these days newer tract homes are being used for illegal marijuana grow operations. Often the modified electrical circuitry and wiring used for the illegal activity results in a fire. What can neighbors look for and what could they do to help be ensure these operations are shut down before they catch on fire and potentially harm others in the neighborhood?

Email your response to bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com. or post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published.