When reading descriptions of crime in the news, words such as “bold,” “brazen” and “daring” often are used to characterize criminals’ actions. However, the truth is that most criminals are cowards — looking for the easiest and softest targets so they can move in, grab what they want, and run away without a fight. They don’t want to risk being caught or being identified, which means criminals prefer their victims to be caught off-guard and unable to put up any resistance. They’ll strike when they think you’re at your most vulnerable, which is why you need to know how to make yourself less of a target. Here are basic tips you can use when you’re in some of the most common areas when criminals prefer to strike, so you’ll be a less appealing target.
Many attacks take place in parking lots or garages because they are relatively isolated areas where most people are walking by themselves and carrying bags or packages. Parked cars also give criminals plenty of hiding places, so it’s important to avoid situations in which criminals may be able to take advantage of you.
Always check in the backseat of your car before opening the doors. Attackers may break into your car and hide there until they have an opportunity to grab you after you get into your car. Always make sure you lock your doors immediately after entering your car as attackers may try to take advantage of the moment before your car doors are locked to strike.
When you walk back to your car in the parking lot, approach it from one aisle over, checking between the cars as you pass. When you reach your car, walk past it so you can see if anyone is hiding behind it. Then, circle around from the far side. This will make it easier to spot anyone who may be hiding near your car and prevent him or her from surprising you.
Parks and Trails
Criminals are known to attack people who are running or jogging along wooded trails and in parks. Reason being, the trees and bushes give them plenty of cover. Plus, most joggers and runners are alone, making them easier to approach. If you can, run or jog with another person to present less of a target. Avoid running too early in the morning or during twilight hours because it can be harder to spot anyone who may be hiding in the foliage.
When you run in a park or on a trail, don’t wear headphones. You’ll lose your ability to listen for signs of danger. Always run with your head up, eyes scanning the trail ahead of you. In addition to making it easier to spot any would-be attackers, you can see any obstacles or potholes that could cause you to become injured and more vulnerable.
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Criminals want their crimes to be as easy to pull off as possible, but you can discourage them by making yourself less of a target. Following these safety tips, along with arming yourself with a personal protection device such as pepper spray, can make it less likely that you’ll be a target for criminals.
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