One of the most common responses people have when they’re a victim of a robbery is, “how could this have possibly happened to me?” It may seem like crime only happens on the news or in the movies, but never to you… until it does.
Crime usually happens when we least expect it, even if we take preventive measures like carrying around a weapon for self-defense. So, how can you protect yourself for the worst? The secret is being prepared and anticipating dangers where they are most likely to occur.
Here are some of the most common places where people are robbed.
There’s no getting around needing gas if you drive a car. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to go to a gas station every once in a while. However, gas stations are known for being breeding grounds for robbers.
Unless you need something urgently inside like finding an ATM you should stay alongside your car and pay at the pump if possible. Keep an eye on those around you and take notice of any strange behavior.
If anyone starts lurking around your car or acting suspicious, it may be an indication that they plan on hijacking your car. Always take your keys out of the ignition when you pump your gas so no one could take your vehicle when your back is turned.
Jewels are expensive, so naturally, criminals want to steal them. Jewels offer a considerable amount of value in a small package, making it a convenient item to rob and get away quickly.
If you’re in a jewelry store, take a look around you and notice for any strange behavior. Pay attention to anyone acting suspiciously.
You may have seen one or two bank robbery scenes in your lifetime. Even though it may just seem like a scene out of Bonnie and Clyde, bank robberies are more common than you might think.
Banks are the obvious choice to many hopeful criminals in need of fast cash. What better place to find cash than a bank vault? So, if you are at the bank and see anyone acting particularly strange, make sure that you keep an eye on them. The last thing you want to be is a casualty of a shoot out.
The idea of being robbed while driving your car may seem crazy, but it’s not all that outlandish. Many people feel like they’re in an untouchable bubble in their vehicle, and therefore don’t lock it as they drive. However, some criminals know this fact and as a result, jump into people’s cars who least expect it.
Although crime can happen anywhere that there are humans, these are the places that are more prone to robbery than others. However, by being aware of your environment and recognizing threats as early on as possible, you can reduce your risk of being a victim.
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