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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim

“Subtle nonverbal cues can sometimes make the difference in whether you’re targeted or not,” says Georgia State University psychologist Volkan Topall.
Here are some tips on how to keep yourself from becoming a target to street predators.

Look like you Know…
Even if you are in unfamiliar surroundings you can still “look” like you know where you are going. If you must stop and ask for directions ask a store clerk or police officer.

Use your Awareness…
Look at your surroundings. Take in the people and environment. Many criminals like to sneak up on their victims. Make brief eye-contact with those around you. Key word is brief, don’t stare. Talk on your cell phone when appropriate. Criminals love people who are on their cell phones.

When visiting…
Entertainment districts are sometimes near areas of higher crime. Dress down if you can. Flashy jewelry and other “signs of money” attract attention from criminals who feel your success is there lousy lot in life.

No need to stop for anyone…
If someone tries to stop you, don’t let them. Stay in motion.

As you walk toward your car…
Carry your keys in your hand. Be prepared. Give a glance into the back seat. Better safe than sorry.

Don’t carry more cash than you need…
Criminals sometime hang around stores to see who is paying with cash and carrying more than “average.” Better yet use your debit card instead of cash.

Let someone you trust know…
It’s always a good idea to let someone you trust know what you’ll be up to on a particular day. Let them know your route and when you expect to be home. This way if something does happen, authorities will know where to look.

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