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Nobody is immune from crime

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A common misperception is that those who live in safe neighborhoods or in rural locations have little chance of being victimized by criminals. That is not true because:

  1. Most rural people eventually will have some reason to drive in cities with high crime rates.
  2. In the parking garages of these cities, there often are robberies.
  3. Most people who live in safe neighborhoods will take mass transit on an occasional, or even on a regular basis.
  4. Everyone visits shopping malls eventually.
  5. People who live in safe neighborhoods and practice a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption will still be tempting targets for criminals.
  6. Gambling casinos, for example, can attract both rich gamblers and those criminals who want to rob them.
  7. People from safe, upscale neighborhoods are more likely to drive luxury cars that are attractive targets for carjackers.
  8. People from safe neighborhoods, who live in upscale homes, might attract burglars who know that such homes probably have valuable items to steal.
  9. People from rural or safe neighborhoods could be robbed when they buy or sell items on Craig's List.
  10. People from safe neighborhoods may frequent parks that might not be safe.

Not only are people from safe neighborhoods not always safe from violent crime, these same people need to consider that:

  1. They often have fewer “street smarts” than those who live in more dangerous neighborhoods.
  2. Just because a neighborhood is presently safe does not mean that it will remain safe in the future if its composition changes.
  3. The recession has cut back on taxes that support their local police departments, and thus, they need to take more responsibility for their own safety.

There are other crimes of violence that are not committed by professional criminals, and these crimes can happen to people, no matter where they live. Examples of such crimes are:

  1. Road rage.
  2. Fan-on-fan violence at sporting events.
  3. Stalking.

Thus, it is important for all people, no matter where they live, to become more “street smart”, aware of their surroundings, and willing to fight crime in a communal manner.

What strategies do you use to protect yourself and your family from crime? Please comment below.

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