It is everybody’s dream to live in a place where they don’t have to worry about anything happening to themselves or their families. Plenty spend big bucks to do so. One place to consider would be the Scottish island of Canna, situated in the Inner Hebrides. This town, less than four miles long and a mile wide, has not experienced any crime in decades. In fact, there has not even been a need for a police station to watch over the town’s population of only 26. However, the town was rocked with its first crime since the 1960’s when the community store was burglarized on Friday.
The community store in Canna is a volunteer run business that operates on the honor system for the past four years. It services the few locals and fishermen passing through who can drop cash in exchange for groceries and other items. It is left open 24 hours so that “sailors, fisherman and visiting kayakers can use the free wi-fi and help themselves to a cup of tea or coffee.” According to The Independent, thieves broke into the shop “emptying the shelves of sweet, biscuits, coffee, toiletries, batteries and six wool hats, that had been hand-knitted by shop manager Julie McCabe.”
McCabe said, “I am absolutely floored that someone has been in and did that to our community… We are going to have to consider locking the door at night.”
The last crime to happen on the island happened in the 1960s when a carved wooden plate was stolen from the local church. That crime was never solved.