If you can, look beyond the immediate violation of having your car stolen or vandalised.
The very act itself is nauseating.
To think someone would come into your yard or garage or steal your car from the front of your house leaves behind an uneasy feeling.
But more often than not, it is more than the vehicle that is taken during these acts.
The victim's sense of safety and community is also taken. A sense of anxiety and fear is left in its place.
The act also leaves many burning questions about whether the offender will return and if the victim is safe in their own home.
It creates a heightened vigilance above what we should already be doing to ensure our home and vehicle are safe and secure.
Then there is the monetary value of the act.
Not just replacing the car but the items that were left inside.
No one quibbles about loose change in the glove box but often expensive car seats and prams are left in the car, costing hundreds or thousands to replace.
CCTV footage from homes around the region show just hold bold the city's alleged criminals can be to get access to what they covet.
Most of us cannot imagine putting a total stranger through such heartbreak and loss.
Figures from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reveal that the number of thefts is decreasing, good news for the city and its residents.
Extra patrols plus a number of arrests and charges laid by Wagga police has gone a long way to slowing the rate of crime.
There is plenty that residents can do to ensure their home or vehicle is less appealing to wannabe thieves.
Because losing sleep from worry is not a feasible or healthy way to live.
Do not leave keys in the car, do not leave valuables in plain sight and if you have to park on the street, park in a well-lit area if possible.
The more crimes that are reported, the more likely it is police will be able to catch the offenders to continue to reduce the statistics in the Riverina.