This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I’ve been paying attention to news reports and word of mouth in the communities around me and I notice there are more reports of criminal activities in areas were people usually say “That never happens here.”
I know official reports in many areas show crime is down overall, but it really depends on what type of crime and where they happen. No matter how low a statistic might be, you would still be quite the unhappy one if it happened to you.
So based on the recent reports, eliminate these 3 common, and seemingly harmless habits and you would cut your chances of being a victim of property crime:
- Leaving your purse on the bin of the shopping cart. Last week, the crime report featured a woman who was loading groceries into her car’s trunk left her purse on the shopping cart bin. A car approached her and the driver grabbed the purse. She tried to grab it as well, but the man was already speeding off and she got dragged a few feet with the shopping cart, resulting in cuts and bruises. She was lucky nothing worse happened to her, other than the stolen cash and credit cards in her purse. The autorities tracked down the credit card numbers and found that the thief had racked up several hundred dollars worth of credit within half and hour and he is still at large.
- Leaving items in the front or back seats of your vehicle within plain view. One of the music teachers in a nearby strip mall sent an email bulletin that a student got his car windows broken while attending class. Apparently some items were left in the front seat that attracted the robber. No matter how worthless you think an item might be, the criminals do not know what it is and anything that attracts their attention would make you a target.
- Keeping your home’s windows wide open so anyone in the area can see all your stuff. I know it sounds a bit paranoid but home invasion robberies are on the rise, and neighbors in the victim’s neighborhood usually describe the home that got targeted “had a lot of nice things.” Even if it is a mistaken impression, a little comment like that from one of the neighbors is all it takes to get the thieves’ interested.
I know there are so many other ways to avoid becoming a victim, but the above behaviors are things we have all done at one time or another and never even give it a second thought. Now, even these innocuous actions can have unintended consequences. Be careful!
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