Crime prevention tips are not always valid. For example, the following are tips that usually may be true, but not always:
- You are safer around groups of people. Although it is helpful to have one level headed friend to “watch your back,” a group of drinking buddies can put you in peril. Also, as demonstrated by the Kitty Genovese case, big city residents can be less willing to help or be witnesses to a crime than are small city residents.
- You almost always are safe during the day. Criminals do not always think rationally. A heroin addict, for example, who is in desperate need of heroin, might take more risks and not wait for night to rob someone.
- Martial arts training will protect you from criminals. Such training can endanger the person who becomes overconfident because of it. While this training improves your fighting spirit, your physical condition, your appearance, and your striking, blocking, and grappling abilities, multiple criminals and those with weapons usually will prevail in a confrontation.
- Your cell phone is always a good deterrent to crime. Sometimes, casual conversations on your cell phone can distract you and make you less aware of your surroundings. Also, the use of your cell phone among groups of strangers can be a security risk. As one example, someone listening to your phone calls could learn where you live alone and when you will be away from home. Furthermore, some of the personal safety applications of smart phones may put your sensitive personal data at risk.
- Certain neighborhoods are safe. A safe neighborhood can quickly become unsafe when criminals, who are chased out of one neighborhood, bring their illegal activities to other neighborhoods. A safe neighborhood also can become unsafe more slowly when economic conditions decline, or when the new residents of the neighborhood have a lower moral caliber.
- All homeless people are harmless. Most of the homeless are unfortunate souls who beg passively for money. There are individuals, however, who became homeless because of their drug addictions. These homeless addicts can be dangerous when they will do anything to get the money they need to buy their next drug fix. Also, there are Tier III sex offenders who are homeless by choice. By being homeless, these sexual predators are harder track.
Think carefully about crime prevention tips, and keep in mind that there are always exceptions to the rule.