The last couple of weeks I have seen in the media reports on crimes that could have been prevented. This of course upsets me because these are crimes of opportunity and we are giving the criminals the “opportunity.” So today I am going to go over some basic crime-prevention techniques.
First and foremost, ladies, leaving your purse in the car while you drop off your child at school is a definite “no-no.” I saw on one of the news channels where a woman and her mother both had become victims and thought they were targeted. Well, no, you are not targeted per se, but there are criminals who know how in a hurry we are when dropping off our kids, so they circle schools (especially schools that are in high-end neighborhoods) waiting for a parent to make the move, leaving the purse on the front seat. You may not even notice the car, you might think they are dropping off kids also, but trust me they are just waiting for that parent to get out of the car.
Second, I still can’t understand why women are still leaving their purse on the front seat of the car while getting gas. Here also, we have criminals circling the gas stations, watching for you to get down to paying for the gas or talking on the phone while you pump. Please, when you reach the gas station place your purse on the driver side on the floor. Pull out your credit card or cash, but when you exit the car, lock it ! Once you start pumping gas, pay attention of your surroundings, and don’t get on the phone!. This is what the criminal is looking for — a target who is not paying attention.
Third, every time I go to the store, I see women with their purse sitting on the shopping cart — of course the purse is open — while they do their shopping. This is not only in grocery stores but in other stores as well. When you are planning to shop, why not leave the purse in the trunk of your car (place it there before you leave home) . Just take what you specifically need like cash or credit card to make your purchases.
Again you will not be giving the criminal the opportunity to grab your purse.
Last, I want to remind everyone that just like we all work 40 hours or more, these criminals are doing the same thing, they are working to take our stuff. The moral of this column today is don’t give them the opportunity. As I always say, if you feel that someone is watching you or looks suspicious, please call the police, no matter where you are. And oh yes, don’t think that criminals are just men, there are many women nowadays that are more brutal then men!
In closing I want to recognize members of my Thomas Jefferson Class of 1966, who is here this weekend for a class reunion on South Beach. I want to thank Jim Szabo of the Crescent Resort, Felix Vega from Mangoes, Louisa from Larios and Tony from NewsCafe in helping to coordinate the weekend.