This article will discuss how to decrease the chances of being victimized by criminals. To do this, people need to be aware of their surroundings, and also they need to react properly if they realize that they are in a dangerous encounter with a criminal.
Pickpockets, for example, often operate in crowded environments such as bus, train, and subway stations, and they often work together in groups. As an example of their teamwork, a pickpocket behind a man might take the man’s wallet from the man’s back pants pocket as the pickpocket is walking past the man on an escalator that is moving upward. This pickpocket then secretly would hand the wallet to a member of his team who is on an escalator that is going down. Thus, even if the victimized man realizes who took his wallet, he probably cannot prove that the pickpocket took his wallet or catch the pickpocket who now has his wallet.
These pickpockets also might have team members who create arguments or other distractions to divert the attention their victims while their pockets are being picked. Men should carry their wallets somewhere else other than in their back pockets. While in crowded public locations, everyone should become suspicious and alert if they are being distracted or jostled.
Some crime prevention books say that a woman should carry her purse with its strap around her body in some way. Doing this, however, could cause an injury to the woman who might not be able to free herself from her purse straps during a violent purse snatching.
A better strategy is for a woman to carry only low value items in her purse. She should carry high value items such as keys, cards, and money elsewhere on her body. Then, if her purse were snatched, she could give up the purse and would not be hurt or lose valuable items.
It is not a good practice to be ostentatious about wealth while in a public place. Expensive rings, for example, tell a mugger or a robber that a woman also might be carrying a lot of money. At least when in a crowded public place, a woman should turn the jewelry portion of her rings toward the less visible palm side of her hand.
Whether the environment seems safe or not, motorists who are entering their cars immediately should lock their car doors after entering their cars. This will form a valuable habit. Forming this habit will lessen their chances being carjacked.
When it comes to crime, remember the Dutch Proverb, “Prevention is better than cure.”