8 Scary Signs You’re an Easy Target to a Thief
These everyday tasks could be putting you in danger, and you don't even realize it.
What thieves and attackers look for in an unsuspecting victim:
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
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
The van blocks her from view and could easily be hiding a criminal inside. Find out nine clever ways to outsmart a criminal.
The businessman setting down his bag
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. Here are 12 items you should never carry in your purse.
The guy telegraphing where his valuables are
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
They’re so busy talking that they don’t notice their kids wandering off.
The grandmother about to cash her Social Security check
She does it every second Friday of every month at the same time. Criminals also watch for patterns.
The unlocked car
Whether the car’s a clunker or not, lock it—someone could hide in it. Here are 15 things you should never leave in your car.
The fashionista whose handbag is near the road
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.