Staying safe from crime

Written by Scott Shaper


Before getting into this article let me first give you a brief on who I am. I am a former Police Officer of over 14 years. I am alsorepparttar author ofrepparttar 145387 book Crime Awareness 101. Throughout my career as a police officer I discovered that forrepparttar 145388 most part criminal activity is not all that unique. I sawrepparttar 145389 same crimes happen over and over again; and, I sawrepparttar 145390 victims of these crimes makerepparttar 145391 same mistakes over and over again. Criminals look forrepparttar 145392 same opportunities as they always have, and victimize peoplerepparttar 145393 same way. Why do they constantly get away with it? Well because we allow them too. How do we do that? We don't learn anything about criminal activity, until it is too late. We tend to believerepparttar 145394 same common misconception.

It won't happen to me

This type of thinking is exactly whatrepparttar 145395 criminal wants you to think. Why; because this type of thinking keeps you off guard. It is kind of like a salesman. Who is a salesmen's best friend? It is an uneducated consumer. So, who is a criminal's best friend? It is an uneducated victim. To keep yourself safe from crime (or at least lesson your odds) you need to learn about crime. What do you need to learn?

Well for starters you should know that most criminals look for easy opportunities. They want to get in and out as fast as they can or, take their victim somewhere isolated or hidden and do whatever they have planned. Understanding this concept is a key point to keeping you safe. Ifrepparttar 145396 criminal wants an easy target, then your objective is to be a hard target. The harderrepparttar 145397 target you arerepparttar 145398 more likelyrepparttar 145399 criminal will move on to someone else more vulnerable. You need to understand that you will not stop criminal activity know one can. However, you can make yourself a hard enough target that they will move on.

How do you make yourself a hard target? Well one ofrepparttar 145400 key steps is to follow as many practical preventative measures as you can. The more things you do to prevent crimerepparttar 145401 safer you will become. What are practical preventative measures? They preventative measures that most people can do without a major disruption in their lifestyle or major expense. Below is a short list.

  • Lock your car doors.
  • Don't leave items of value in your car that can be easily seen.
  • Get deadbolt locks for your house, and use them. (See my article "Tips for keeping you home invasion free")
  • Be aware of what's going on around you.
  • Shred or burn any financial statements you would normally throw away.
  • Itemizerepparttar 145402 property in your home. (See my article "The importance of documenting your property")
  • Park in well lit areas. 
  • Do not flash a lot of money or expensive jewelry. 
  • Do not leave outgoing bills in your unlocked mailbox forrepparttar 145403 postman to pick up. 
  • Try not to wear clothing that is too restrictive. 

This is just a short list taken from various crimes; in my book I list over 150 preventative and safety tips, from various crimes and criminal activity.  Now I know what you are saying "That's just a bunch of common sense things that don't mean anything."  That statement couldn't be further fromrepparttar 145404 truth.  These preventative tips weren't just dreamed up because someone had nothing to do.  Tips like these are a result of thousands of crimes that have been committed and what could have been done to prevent them.  Disregarding tips like these is a big step inrepparttar 145405 direction of becoming a criminal's best friend "the uneducated victim."

What about the other 48% people?

Written by Anand Sharma


Ramdoss, our health minister, who is so very much concerned about our health, is taking a drastic step to reduce smoking. Or at least he thinks he is. He is about to banrepparttar portrayal of smoking in movies. And what more you ask? He has chargedrepparttar 145100 tobacco industry of usingrepparttar 145101 film industry to increase sale. How? Well, by paying actors to smoke of course. Whao! Thatís a pretty serious allegation. Unfortunately, he has no proof for it. Well Mr. Health Minister, let me make a point here. I donít know why you didnít think of it, neither do I know why it hasnít registered in your mind even when it has been shouted out by many people, including film stars like Jackie Shroff. But dear, why donít you try and banrepparttar 145102 whole TOBACCO INDUSTRY instead? I am sure it would be much more helpful in reducing smoking hazards.

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