Judging from the crime stories that fill news sites, there’s little you can do to avoid being a victim, given the random nature of those acts. It’s true that if someone targets you specifically, you cannot prevent that. However, nearly all crimes are opportunistic and there are many things you can do to avoid being a target. Here are a few tips.
- Walk confidently with your head held high and with deliberate steps. Look like you belong wherever you are and be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Criminals would rather target weak and uncertain individuals who feel out of place.
- Do not travel, either on public transportation or by walking, with your attention buried in a multi-media player or a smartphone. With earphones on and your narrow focus, you may not hear trouble approaching until it’s too late.
- Whether you’re a man or a woman, avoid walking in unlit areas by yourself. Stick to well-lighted paths and always bring somebody with you. Do not enter areas, such as blind alleys, that do not offer additional exit or escape points.
- If you’re driving and suspect that you’re being followed, never proceed directly to your home or work. Make a few random turns to ensure that someone is indeed on your tail. If he is, drive to the nearest police station or ask for help on your cell phone by calling 911.
Despite these precautions, you may still be hurt as a crime victim. First, call the police immediately and allow the legal system to apprehend and prosecute the criminal. Then contact us. As your personal injury lawyer, we can defend your rights and bring the perpetrator to justice in civil court.