May. 14th, 2008
Bus rider followed home, robbed
The Capital Times — 5/14/2008 12:02 pm
A robber claiming to have a gun followed a Metro bus passenger to her home Tuesday night, and when she told him her money was inside the home, followed her into the residence.
Madison police reported the incident took place Tuesday about 10:46 p.m. in the 400 block of North Segoe Road.
The 24-year-old victim left a Metro bus and started to walk home, while the suspect who was on the same bus followed her.
"The perpetrator first contacted the victim outside her home and demanded money," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "She indicated any money she might have would be inside, and he followed her into the residence where several roommates also live."
The roommates told the suspect they had no money, so he fled with a bag containing the bus rider's phone and iPod.
Nowhere near my neighborhood, fortunately. However, this is one reason that I stay very alert when I am walking home, especially at night.
My keys to safety:
1. Pay attention, pay attention, pay attention. More over, *look* like you are paying attention.
2. Walk with confidence. In college, I used to joke that I liked to walk as though *I* was the one to be wary of. The less you look and act like a victim, the less you are likely to be targetted.
Does this mean nothing can ever happen? Hells no, but I'd rather work on reducing my risk than spend my time worrying about the big "what if" hiding in the dark.
Also, if anyone ever were to tell me they had a gun or a knife, whether I saw it or not, I would give them my stuff no problem. I can always get new stuff, but replacement me's are hard to come by. At the same time, I will take the risk and scream bloody murder, struggle, run, etc before I would allow someone to come into my home, or go somewhere with them. Sure, maybe screaming or struggling will get me hurt or killed, but my odds are probably much better out in public than in my home, someone else's car, or other isolating place.
Last word on the subject: I really think everyone should read The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. Read it, and then get another copy and give it to someone you love. The title sounds scary, but the contents are amazing.
From the site:
* Recognize the survival signals that warn us about risk from strangers
* Rely on their intuition
* Separate real from imagined danger
* Predict Dangerous Behavior
* Evaluate whether someone will use violence
* Move beyond denial so that their intuition works for them
Not only is it a valuable resource, but it is also a well written and engaging read.
Stay safe, kiddos.