How do you deal with the problem of crime?
Some people persuade themselves that they live, work and travel only in special “crime free” zones. These people are shocked and often traumatized when they discover that criminals don’t believe in crime free zones.
The Rose-Colored Glasses of Denial
People who believe that they live in crime free zones are actually living in a very dangerous place: Denial.
While statistics do show that some areas have more or less crime than others, I have never seen any study where there is no crime.
Criminals don’t live by the same rules that you and I do. In fact, some of them have absolutely no rules at all.
That means that wherever you live, work or travel, a criminal may try to attack, rob, or rape you at any time.
If you have educated yourself about crime, you know that you might be forced to defend yourself against a criminal attack (that could injure or kill you) at anytime or in any place. That is not being paranoid; that’s being realistic.
Once you come to that realization, you will leave denial and become determined to deal with the problem of crime (to not become a victim).
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The First Step in Fixing any Problem is Admitting That There is One
Likewise, the first step in defending against crime is admitting that you do not live (nor will you ever live) in a “crime free” zone.
The mindset of the criminal is; 1) Don’t get hurt and, 2) Don’t get caught.
If the criminal thinks a police officer is watching, he won’t commit a bad deed at that time and place. He will wait until it is “safe” to commit the crime.
And rest assured, he will commit the crime.
So unless the police can be omnipresent (which they can’t), there will always be crime and, consequently, victims.
That is just the world we live in.
The Second Step in Fixing the Problem is to Decide Who is Actually Responsible for Handling it.
Some believe that the way to fix the problem is to give more money to the Law Enforcement Agencies so they can hire more officers and equipment.
After all, it’s their responsibility to protect you, right?
While the police are committed to keeping people safe, they aren’t, as I said earlier, omnipresent. They simply cannot be everywhere.
As the saying goes, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”
Others believe that it is their own responsibility to protect themselves and their family. They believe that the police are there to help; but that they do not have the sole responsibility.
In 2005, in the case of Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v Gonzales, the Supreme Court affirmed that citizens do not have a constitutional right to police protection.
That means that the responsibility to protect yourself and your loved ones falls on you.
The Third Step in Fixing a Problem is to Decide How to Handle the Problem
When it comes to crime prevention, you must first learn how to not be chosen as a victim.
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Learn how to be safer when you’re in your home, your car, at work or when you’re just out and about.
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Next, learn what you can do to avoid danger as best as you can. And lastly, if all else fails, take the time now to learn how to defend yourself by using your mind, body and skills.
We all live in potential crime zones. But we can reduce the chance of becoming a victim by educating and training ourselves to safely live in today’s world.