An exasperating phenomena in paradise is vanishing plants. Every time you try to embellish the front of your home with lovely plants they disappear. It is discouraging that when you want to enhance your environment some kleptomaniac comes along to promptly uproot your efforts.
The government, through public announcements, encourages planting and growing your own vegetables. However, there is an increase in theft of plants and vegetables from private and domestic land areas. The stealing of plants in the neighbourhood is not new but is nevertheless a plague to residents. It makes you wonder if this is just a national sport or social circumstances due to growing poverty.
Whatever the reasons, I find it demoralizing that adults do not respect the environment or private property. An attitude of disrespect of residents and their areas continues to be a problem. Often we have car passengers discarding packaging on the road. Regularly, a car comes to the end of our road and dumps plastic rubbish sacks on the corner. Dogs and rats often tear open these plastic sacks and the contents are spread out along the road.
As a result, we have decided to enhance our home security measures and abandon the planting of colourful plants and flowers from the front of the house. Often the media reports on the sense of insecurity in the population and this kind of unsociable behaviour justifies it.