1. Safety in Numbers
Sometimes there is safety in numbers. If you are going to the mall to shop, you might want to consider taking someone with you. Travel in groups and be aware of your surroundings, according to the American University of Washington, crime exists nearly everywhere. Remember you do not want to become a victim.
2. Lock your Doors
Can you believe there are those that feel that they do need to lock their doors? Some of the reasons they give is that they live in the country, there is no crime in their neighborhood, or this is a small town, we never have any problems. According to the Police Security of Flint, Michigan, they say always use the locks you have. Lock up every time you go out. In addition, almost 50 percent of burglars enter homes or property through unlocked doors or windows. I recall watching Oprah when a former burglar on there stated when people leave their doors unlocked it was like an invitation to take what they wanted.
I recall the burglary of my house. It is not a good feeling. I felt much violated. I remember going in the house after the burglary and preparing to call the police, I could not find the phone. They took the phone also. Therefore, I went to a neighbor to call the police. Cell phones were not available to the public then. They became popular from 1990 to 2011 worldwide, according to Wikipedia.Org
Do you sometimes forget to lock your car door? I recall a friend that forgot to lock her car door. She told me as a man attempted to open her door, she just stepped on her gas and accelerated as fast as she could. She was lucky enough to get away, but how many are not that lucky? That is one reason that I never really cared for 4-door cars.
Have you considered carrying mace or carrying a whistle?
Sometimes people will steal anything if the opportunity presents itself. We need to be vigil about who our friends our. We need to be vigil about our surroundings. I recall one event. A woman approached me afterwards and said, “See that purse over there? Someone left it. We ought to get it and split the money.” I replied, “I do not do that type of thing.” She then said, “Well we probably should take it to security.” I thought, “I do not know this woman. When did this stranger and I become we? I replied, “You can take it to security, I am not touching that purse.” Therefore, I stood in the background and watched to see if she would take it to security. I was very glad that she did, but I was upset at what she proposed to do with the purse at first. This was quite upsetting to me. I thought, “What if I had left my purse?” Would she have talked to someone else about splitting money from my purse?” Of course, I did not have much money in the purse, but that was not the point. This was a very chilling thought. It was even more chilling, because I did not know this woman.
Have you ever watched a movie where two so-called friends are in the car together? One just needs to stop by the store. The one goes in, steals an item, and tells the other to drive off in a hurry. Now this other person had no idea this person was going to rob the store, but both are now apart of this big drama. It is so important to be careful of the friends that we allow into our life.
4. Purchases in your Trunk
Has anyone ever told you put purchases in your trunk rather than visible in the car? Sometimes leaving the visible purchases in the parked car is just another invitation to have them stolen.
5. Bicycle Stealing
Thieves will attempt to steal bicycles also. A few tips that Jim Janley suggests is to mark your bicycle by writing your name on paper and slipping it inside the handlebars, always use the lock on your bicycle in a safe area, or check out the availability of online registries. He also notes some fire stations or police stations provide licenses. I remember someone stole a bike and parked it in my backyard. I heard my dogs barking. I went to the backyard to find a nice looking bicycle. I noticed on the side of my house was clothing, shoes, and wire cutters. I called the police immediately. They did confiscate the evidence. I do not know if the owner got their bike back or not. I surely hope that they did. Then I thought, possibly this was a thief’s bike that was being used to rob a neighbor’s house.
Remember be safe. Remember to find and use all the tips you can to help prevent crime.
Jim Jangley website
The American University of Washington, D C
Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
Police Security Tips City of Flint, Michigan