Do you watch detective shows? Not just Law and Order (love Stabler and Benson), but those reality TV shows where the detectives tell you how they finally solved that crime and caught the killer. I watch those shows. I’m intrigued by how law enforcement and forensics experts piece together all the minute details to solve cases.
I’m impressed by how organized those detectives are and how they work together to get the job done. But, I’m also amazed (not in a good way) that the bad guys are pretty organized themselves. I watched one program where a serial rapist kept all his tools together in a bag in the trunk of his car. He was a planner. He was careful. He picked his victims strategically. He made them take a bath after the ordeal was over. He took the sheets and all evidence with him.
There were others who even eluded capture for 30 or more years. Some spare your life but try to take your money. All of it. A couple years ago, Chris Hansen of MSNBC investigated people who try to con Americans into giving away their life savings. They’re smart and they get away with it.
Is that just luck? Seems like they don’t need any, which means that the rest of us need to be prepared. Maybe I watch too much TV and you can call me paranoid, but it can’t hurt to do everything we can to prevent the bad guys from getting another win…especially since they’re so great at planning and executing.
Do the Basics
Ok, folks, you know the drill. Get an alarm system and keep your doors and windows locked. Here are a couple more that you’ve probably heard before…
1. Be alert. Look around and be aware of your surroundings. A little hard to do if you’re always on your cell phone chatting away, so keep that in mind.
2. Have your keys out and ready to use. Don’t fumble around at your car or house door looking for them. That’s just enough time for someone to get the jump on you. Once inside, lock the door straight away.
3. Those dark, lonely alleys. Don’t go down them. Even if it will get you to your destination quicker. Remember Jack the Ripper? He liked dark alleys. Can you tell that I watched a profile of Mr. Ripper recently?
4. Travel in a pack. You don’t need a huge entourage, but you, by yourself, that’s a no-no.
And, Do a Little More
5. Take a self defense class. Why not take a class? You’ll get a little exercise and learn a few self-preservation skills.
6. Get a pet. You’d be surprised how even the smallest pet can deter someone who wants to get up close and personal with your valuables. A barking dog can send that person away quickly.
7. Install automatic light timers. These timers will turn lights on at random times, so it will look someone’s home when even when no one is.
8. Get a bodyguard. Ok, just kidding. =) …at least try #4 first.