8 Scary Signs You’re an Easy Target to a Predator

These everyday tasks could be putting you in danger, and you don't even realize it.

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What thieves and attackers look for in an unsuspecting victim:

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The next time you go to the mall or drive through a neighborhood, imagine yourself as a thief or predator. Ask yourself, Whom would I target, and why? By looking for easy targets, you’ll learn to avoid being one yourself. Here are a few times you might be especially vulnerable:

The jogger listening to an iPod

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She’s sacrificing one of her primary senses and compromising her awareness. Don't miss this simple rule to avoid being an easy target for criminals!

The driver parking alongside a cargo van

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The van blocks her from view and could easily be hiding a criminal inside. Outsmart a criminal with these nine clever tricks!

The businessman setting down his bag

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People drop their bags at the bus stop, a cash register, wherever, then get preoccupied talking on their cell phone or watching for the bus to come. And just like that, someone walks off with their stuff. Never carry these 12 items in your purse.

The guy telegraphing where his valuables are

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Watch someone long enough and he’ll eventually touch a pocket to make sure his wallet is there. Pickpockets look for this. (Take a look at the innovative ways cops are cracking down on crime.)

The mothers blithely chatting away in a park

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They’re so busy talking that they don’t notice their kids wandering off. This is what every single parent must know about child neglect.

The grandmother about to cash her Social Security check

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She does it every second Friday of every month at the same time. Criminals also watch for patterns. (This daring fire chief took down a bank robber all by himself.)

The unlocked car

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Whether the car’s a clunker or not, lock it—someone could hide in it. It's a good idea to never leave electronics, personal documents, your purse, and other valuable items in your car.

The fashionista whose handbag is near the road

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She’s practically begging a thief to drive by, snatch it, and drive off. A parking lot or sidewalk aren't the only places your purse can get snatched! Here's how to keep your purse safe at a restaurant or bar.

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