I just read an endless blog on crime. I would never begrudge anyone their thoughs or freedom of speach, but as the board is for newcomers, it seemed a bit like beating a dead horse rather than providing solid information.
Several life-long Crucian neighbors gave me some advice.
1. Don't be stupid. Don't walk on dark streets that seem like ideal spots for drug deals.
2. Avoid getting involved with drugs that ARE already considered by law illegal.
3. Don't get into love triangles, cheat, etc.
They said if you follow these rules, you can pretty much do your fishing, gardening, therapy etc. without being victimized. Funny. These were pretty much the same rules they had in South Carolina, New Mexico, Mexico, Costa Rica, New Haven Connecticut, New York City etc.
It would seem to me (and it is just opinion) that changing the governmental system is something that one does or tries to do after they move. Being safe is a when your feet hit the ground kind of thing.
I hope this is helpful to newcomers as advise rather than heated discussion.
Best wishes to all the wonderful people who do live here, and to those whom are on their way.
Nice post and great advice. A little "street smarts" goes a long way anywhere on this planet.
Of course there are no foolproof ways to avoid being a victim of crime, but I would also add a few other things to your list:
Try to avoid being out very late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. I have noticed from reading the local papers that many crimes seem to occur during these times.
Always be very aware of your surroundings and keep a close eye on any personal possessions, like your purse or wallet. Carry yourself in a strong and confident manner. Your body language should convey that you are completely aware of what is going on around you and that you will not be an easy mark.
Criminals often scope out their prey before striking. They are very lazy, opportunistic people who want to get their job done with the minimum amount of hassle and risk. Because of this, their favorite targets are people who seem oblivious and/or weak.
I hope everyone remains happy and safe. Happy Emancipation and Independence Days :)!
Thank you so much for adding to this. Yes, more street smarts. I also suggest (as I have young people for tenants), if you have a lot to drink, don't walk. Take a cab. BE SMART.
I don't begrudge anybody anything, but I never at night walk on the building side of the sidewalk, always keep a few sharp keys between my fingers that are quite visible, etc.
As I limp, I know I am a bit of a target. I think what hasn't been mentioned much is that many of the people who are on the streets to get fresh night air, more like earlier in the evening, tend to offer me help.
Several times, when my legs were quite bad, folks who had perhaps a couple of cocktails, walked into the street to stop the traffic so I could cross.
Why don't we mention the random acts of kindness? They do happen, and often.
Thank you again. Instead of instilling fear, I do believe we need to educate,
Great response Dan,
I do think that although there is alot of bad that goes on, there is also alot of good & unfortunately people tend to forget the positive things. Remember good is more powerful than evil ;0)