Multiple Amish businesses on the border of Holmes and Wayne Counties have been robbed, reports Cleveland’s Fox 8.
Among the businesses are a produce stand, feed mill, and hardware store.
Criminals targeting the Amish is nothing new.
In other cases, Amish shops and stores are seen as easier pickings.
Why do the bad guys go after Amish victims? In our post “Why Do Criminals Target The Amish?“, we looked at several reasons, including:
- Amish are safer targets. No personal-protection handguns to worry about
- Less tech (limited access to phones, cars) makes reaching police harder
- A belief they won’t involve authorities
This last one is often a mistaken belief, say those in the know.
It’s not true that Amish won’t prosecute or will avoid notifying law enforcement, according to Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Captain Doug Hunter.
“There was a time when they were very reluctant to do so,” explains Hunter, “but more recently, we’ve seen more of our Amish neighbors participate in reporting crime.”
In fact Amish, and the authorities who work with them, have gotten creative at times to thwart crime.
In one case in Lancaster County, a particularly beleaugered Amish shop owner –
robbed six times in three months during a rash of multiple break-ins of multiple businesses over several months – used an infrared camera to capture images of the culprit.
In another, a male law enforcement officer went undercover as an Amish woman (with Amish cooperation) to catch a man exposing himself to Amish children.
While some Amish may still be reluctant to involve authorities, that’s clearly not the case for many. It remains to be seen if that knowledge will change the behavior of those thinking of the Amish as easy targets.