posted on Oct, 12 2006 @ 07:19 AM
I'm sorry you went through that...I have no suggestions other than perhaps, along with your neighbors, institute a Neighborhood Watch program. I
think you'd be pleasantly surprised at how many people would be more than happy to help out. Most are just waiting for someone to get the ball
These sort of programs are, as near as I can tell, very successful in, if not stopping crime in neighborhoods, curtailing it dramatically. I would
also suggest giving some thought to carrying, choose a weapon you are comfortable with, learn to use it, practise with it, and get all the appropriate
permits. Most police and/or Sherrifs Dept. have training programs that are specifically tailored to women, at least in larger metropolitan areas.
Being a large male, with an admittedly somewhat grim demeanor, I haven't had the trouble that women have with people taking advantage.
My encounters with law breakers occured while I was in Alaska, one outside of Chillacut Charlies, an utter moron tried to roll me thinking I was far
more drunk than I was, as someone else so eloquently put it earlier, he got the ###%% stomped out of him. The other idiot stopped when he realized I
was aware he was there and was actually waiting for him. He left. But as I said...I'm a bit larger than most.
It comes down to an attitude...and awareness of your surroundings. You can learn this...cops, soldiers, and others do this constantly. So can we.
It would be nice if it weren't neccessary. When you step out of your car, or your home, place of business, look around...if something doesn't seem
right, it probably isn't. There's no shame in running away, or backing off to look the situation over. Better to call the cops needlessly, then
need them and not have them. Learn to listen to your instincts, and to trust them. Thousands of years of survival instincts are ingrained into each
and every one of us, all we have to do is learn to trust them.
[edit on 12-10-2006 by seagull]