Crime Doesn’t Just Happen in “Other Kinds of Places”

This is a story from small town America. They don’t like to believe that bad things can happen. | ‘It doesn’t even make sense’ | Hope, Idaho searches for answers in murder of local 78-year-old woman

At house, 2 miles up a rural road from the closest state highway, a woman was murdered a year ago. A few things were stolen, but the cops haven’t said what.

There may (or may not) have been a similar incident in the area a few months before this murder. There are no suspects in either case.

“Some of us still cannot get our heads around this whole situation, because it doesn’t even make sense,” said Keith.

This is surely a tragedy. But it points up something that I continually see. People believe that crime cannot happen to them, because they are careful, or good people or whatever. They don’t believe it will impact their neighbors because of where they live. (I know, because I live in a low crime area, and deal with these people all the time.) Sure, there are areas that suffer more from crime, but crime can happen anywhere. Are you prepared?


Neighbors Were Shocked

This is an update to a story from yesterday, with interviews of the neighbors. Cooper Mountain residents on edge after man breaks into home in.

It’s a little frightening thinking about the safety of your house and your property and your family, you know. Something happening in the middle of the day when we’re not home.”

It may be frightening, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. You can “feel safe” if you delude yourself, but that doesn’t mean you will actually be safe. And yes, you should think about it. You should think about security systems, and alarm contracts. You should also think about what you are going to do if they break in while you are at home with you family. (It is one thing to steal your stuff, it is another to hurt your loved ones.)

If you can read this, then you live in the Real World™ where crime can and often does happen. If doesn’t only happen in other kinds of places; it can happen in your neighborhood.

Police were able to arrest a suspect based on a tip.

The story from yesterday can be found at this link.

Neighbors Were Shocked

They didn’t expect this kind of thing in their neighborhood. Neighbours shocked by Friday night shooting in Findlay Creek | CBC News

A guy gets out of his car, and gets shot. Police are investigating. Neighbors are surprised to discover that they live in the Real World™.

“We were very surprised — in this part of the neighbourhood — to hear about a shooting,” Metiratta told CBC News on Saturday morning.

Here’s the thing. If you can read this, you live in a world where crime can happen. It doesn’t only happen to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” It can happen where you are. It can happen to you. You should plan accordingly.

Domestic Violence and Self-defense

A story with the bad-guy dead, and his victim alive because she had a gun. OKC Woman Says She Shot Husband In Self-Defense

They released him from jail at 3:45 in the morning, where he was being held for violating an restraining order. Around 6:00AM he was breaking into her house.

Mason told officers her husband came into the home armed with a knife and threatened her. She grabbed a pistol and fired at him.

If you need an order of protection, you need a plan for your personal safety. As you can see from this incidence, having a firearm for your personal safety is an effective plan. You need those plans because the system will not protect you. (They released him at time most people would call the middle of the night. Any bets on whether she was warned he was being released?)

Having a firearm is of course no guarantee. There are none in this life. But in this case it likely saved her life.

Oh, and neighbors were shocked, but there are no really good quotes.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight (Oh, and Neighbors Were Shocked!)

A ‘former client’ stabbed a barber. It doesn’t say what he was angry about. Wounded Allapattah barbershop owner who fatally shot man claims self-defense

The angry ex-client had a switchblade. The barber had a gun. Do the math.

As for the neighboring shop owners….

“Everybody here is in shock. Everybody is like, ‘What?’ You know, he was the owner of the place. He’s a very, very nice guy,” Pepe Diaz, who works next door, said.

I guess they thought Miami was the same as Pleasantville.

“This doesn’t belong in Skokie.”

They thought they lived in Pleasantville. They were wrong. Neighbors in ‘shock’ after 2 deaths on quiet Skokie street – Skokie Review

People like to think that crime is something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” They are always wrong.

Some neighbors on the relatively quiet, tree-lined street in Skokie where two bodies were found at a home Monday morning say they are shocked to hear about the deaths, as authorities continued to investigate.

If you can read this that means that you live in the Real World™ where bad things can and do happen. Pretending that they can’t happen is just a waste of time and resources.

Wake up to the fact that bad things can happen where you live, to people just like you (and maybe to you as well). Once you admit that, you can prepare, in whatever way seems best to you.

A Gated Community Is Not a Guarantee of Safety

I’m not sure if this qualifies under “neighbors were shocked” or not. Everyone is mostly mad. (One person admitted to being scared.) Shooting In NE Miami-Dade Has Residents Of Busy Gated Community On Edge « CBS Miami

CBS dropped the “gated” part from the metadata of the article, even though the Headline reads as above. Not sure why they did that.

Details aren’t clear, and I’ve read several articles on this story. It doesn’t help that CBS Miami is struggling with English grammar and spelling. But 2 guys apparently shot and killed a young man who was sitting in a car. (He attempted to drive away, but not in time.)

The neighbors?

Emotions ran high as family and friends began to show up. Some let out their frustration on the media standing by, crashing into a tripod, nearly missing reporters and photographers.

As police search for witnesses and a motive, neighbors worry.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ve never heard of this before,” one resident said.

“Anything can happen anywhere, but I’m really surprised,” Rene Amador said.

Anger is understandable, though taking out your anger on the media isn’t probably the best course of action. Being worried and scared is understandable, but why “surprised?” Did you think your gated community meant you weren’t part of the Real World™? And “I’ve never heard of this before?” Really? You’ve never heard of gun crime? What a special life you’ve lead. (There’s a quote in The Lord of the Rings to the effect… you can fence yourself in, but you cannot completely fence the world out. The problems of the world will spill over the boundaries of your fences.)

I usually use the phrase “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow” in relation to Cooperating with Criminals. That is a strategy to ensure your safety. Living in a gated community is also a strategy. It is also not a guarantee. (That quote is from somewhere in the greater Darkover series by Marion Zimmer Bradley.)