San Diego is at the 2nd lowest level of crime in nearly 50 years – a feat that is largely in response to community policing efforts and neighborhood involvement. Serious crimes including aggravated assault, burglary, and theft are steadily declining, which allows residents and visitors alike to enjoy the beautiful city with fewer worries. However, crime is still an issue, and the frequency of certain criminal acts have ticked up despite the overall drop – most notably property crimes including robbery and automobile theft. As an experienced San Diego criminal defense attorney, we have a unique understanding of the behaviors and conduct that may make you vulnerable to a criminal attack. Following these tips and suggestions can help to reduce the likelihood of being a victim of a crime in San Diego.
- Stay Alert. Whether you live in San Diego or are visiting one of the area’s beautiful attractions it is important to be alert while walking, driving, or biking through the city. At times, we become so distracted by our mobile devices that we lose respect for and awareness of our surroundings. Walk with your head up, rather than down with your eyes glued to your phone or other mobile device. Avoid using headphones or earbuds so that you can listen for individuals who may be approaching.
- Walk with a Purpose. Body language speaks volumes. Criminals are more likely to target individuals who look distracted, at ease, and have their defenses down. Research indicates that criminal actors use body language – such as a downward gaze and slumped posture – to choose their victims. Walking with confidence suggests to others that you are aware of your surroundings and capable of taking care of yourself.
- The Buddy System Exists for a Reason. The buddy system is a tried and true way to reduce your chances of being a victim of a crime. This is especially true if you’re new to the area or unfamiliar with the surroundings. Try not to venture out alone and, if you must, let someone know where you are going, when you are leaving, and when you intend to arrive.
- Don’t Wander Off the Beaten Path. Crimes tend to occur in less-populated areas. To reduce the chances of being a victim and to remain safe stick to well-lit and frequently traveled routes. Avoid back alleys, dark shortcuts, and vacant lots. The more visible the area you’re in, the less likely you are to be attacked.
- Don’t Leave Valuables Unattended. Automobile-related thefts in San Diego have gone up in recent years. If you must leave valuables in your car don’t leave them out in the open. Instead, lock them in a concealed location such as a trunk, glove compartment, or center console. If you have an SUV use the sliding shields to cover the trunk area and store valuables out of public view.
You can reduce your chance of being the victim of a crime and staying safe by adjusting your behavior. It is easier to make a few changes to your behavior than it is to be a victim of a crime. Crime is generally down in San Diego, but it is by no means eradicated. It is still important to take precautions and worry about personal safety in the city. Following these steps and considering these suggestions can reduce your chances of being a target.
Article provided by Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC. For more information, please visit www.bajajdefense.com or call (619) 493-0405.