30 ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime

If you don’t want to become a victim of crime, if you want to protect yourself, be paranoid. The paranoid survive!

Here are a few tips, suggesting ways to avoid becoming a victim of crime:

  1. Prevent yourself from becoming a victim, by never being off-guard in a public place. Thieves tend to target those who don’t seem to be paying attention to their surroundings, like talking on a cell-phone for example. And walk confidently. Hold your purse tightly. Criminals on the street are looking for easy targets
  2. You should be able to defend yourself. This isn’t about learning judo or karate (but it will help), it means being physically fit. You should be able to run, jump, and your reflexes should be good. It doesn’t matter if you are 16 or 60. Someone I know survived the terror attack in the Taj simply because he was able to sprint
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    downstairs to safety. Those who lagged behind were shot.

  3. You might be walking in safe surroundings, but it’s wise not to walk around flaunting jewellery or cash. Try and not attract attention to yourself in a public place. Blend in. Don’t showcase your assets. Expensive clothes, flashy jewellery, and fancy cars attract attention. If you cannot resist showing off, be careful, very careful. For example, talking out wads of notes in public is to be avoided at all costs, whether in a shop or at an airport.
  4. Never leave your precious things in your parked car. Ever.
  5. Don’t keep your front door open, even if you are expecting guests. Even better, get a double door so you can see who is outside before opening the door.
  6. Don’t leave your purse on tables, chairs etc. in public places, even if you trust people around. Keep your valuables with you at all times. This especially applies to airports, in public transport and large formal functions.
  7. In new surroundings like a restaurant or in a movie theatre, know where the exits are.
  8. Avoid drinking too much unless you are with very good friends. And this means really good friends who love you. And don’t leave your drink unattended in a public place.
  9. Avoid walking on the streets at night, even with friends.
  10. Avoid walking alone in lonely places, at any time of day.
  11. Don’t trust helpful strangers. For example, do not eat food given by strangers. Don’t take their help at ATM machines, or pick up cash which they say you dropped.
  12. Use good judgement while making friends, after ensuring that your value systems match.
  13. Avoid letting strangers enter your home. When it comes to workmen or courier people, ensure that they are from a legitimate company.  If you are not expecting a package, be doubly alert.
  14. Spend money on securing your home, with good locks and alarm systems. If possible choose a society with CCTV’s, and round the clock security guards who note guests’ number and name in their register.
  15. Keep your valuables in a bank locker. And make it quite clear to those who work in your home that you do not keep much cash or jewellery at home. And oh yes, don’t talk about money in front of household help.
  16. Do not trust strangers in any situation, however “decent’ they look. Whether you encounter them in a public place or in your home, you can never be sure who they are, and where they come from.
  17. Preferably, keep female household help. Ensure that you know where they live, and you know their background. Select someone who works in several houses. If possible, avoid live-in maids, and avoid leaving the part-time ones alone at home. This may be very difficult for some people but if you have to to keep a live-in, ensure that police verification has been done on your employee. Sure, 99% of household help are honest, law-abiding people, but remember, they are strangers! And however wonderful your helper is, his/her relatives and friends may not be.
  18. Never ill-treat your employees. Too many crimes happen when an exploited person goes over the edge.
  19. Avoid a routine on your walks, or routes to the office. A little variety in your routine makes it more difficult for you to be a target of crime.
  20. If you notice suspicious people following you, stalking you, or keeping a watch on your house, take it seriously.
  21. Live a clean life. Don’t get involved in blackmail, bribing people and don’t get into fights with people. Be especially careful when interceding in quarrels between two strangers.
  22. Be careful of your attitude when you talk to strangers. Undue condensation or arrogance can make you a target. Be human.
  23. Don’t carry large amounts of cash or jewellery on your person. If your job demands it, get security. Don’t imagine that no one has noticed.
  24. Don’t hand over your valuables to anyone else, in any circumstances.
  25. If you have to ask for directions, ask shop-keepers. Avoid interacting with unknown people on the street.
  26. Do not take lifts from strangers.
  27. When in a cab ensure that someone knows you are in the cab. Call someone as soon as you get into the cab, and tell them where you took the taxi, and where you are headed. And make sure the driver knows that you are passing along this information. This is imperative if you take the cab in the early hours or will be passing through unknown or deserted roads. In the latter case, a companion would be ideal. And do avoid landing up in strange cities in the middle of the night.
  28. Do not get into a cab or an auto which has more than one person travelling in it.
  29. If a thief does target you, it can be a sensible decision to give up your belongings. whatever he/she wants.
  30. And last but not the least, trust your gut.

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