20 Tips To Protect Yourself From Crime.
Things You Need To Do To Protect Yourself
Things You Need To Do To Protect Yourself
The world is full of criminals who want to either steal from you or do you harm. Learn how to protect yourself with these tips from reddit.


Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
Being aware of your surroundings is the single most important thing you can do to keep yourself safe. Criminals like to prey on victims who aren't paying attention to their surroundings.

Always be aware, is someone following you? Is there a large group of people nearby who look menacing? Did a car just pull up and park ahead of you and just idle? Are you walking by a dark alley? Is someone eyeing you? When in a high crime area, you should always be hyper-vigilant of your surroundings.


Don't Wear Headphones
Don't Wear Headphones
Criminals look for two things when choosing a victim. Someone who is unaware of their surroundings and someone that has something of value.

Headphones to a robber means two things. You're not using your sense of hearing and not be paying attention to your surroundings. And two, you have a potentially valuable electronic device, either a music player or a mobile phone.


Know Your Neighbors
Know Your Neighbors
If you live in a high crime area, the best protection against burglaries isn't the police, but your neighbors. Good neighbors, will know who belongs and who are strangers looking to rob an unsuspecting home.

Just be careful, don't let their drama become your drama.


Always Lock Your Door
Always Lock Your Door
Locking your door in a high crime neighborhood is just common sense. But, do not let it give you a false sense of security.

A lock is not designed to keep people out, but only to make more trouble than its worth to break in. If you can, try living on the 2nd or 3rd floor of a building. And always use the deadbolt lock.


Don't Walk With Your Phone Out
Don't Walk With Your Phone Out
Smart phones have become increasingly common. And playing Angry Birds are Candy Crush is a common way to pass the time.

Be very careful when out in public with a mobile phone, especially when riding on public transit like a subway. Criminals often do a snatch and grab where they'll steal a phone just as subway doors close.


Have A Fake Wallet
Have A Fake Wallet
Some people who live in a high crime area often carry a fake wallet and cheap burner phone. They'll carry their real wallet and phone somewhere hidden.

If they get robbed, they'll give up their fake wallet and phone. Just make sure that the fake wallet has enough cash to satisfy any robber.


Act Like You Belong In There
Act Like You Belong In There
Criminals will often prey on people who don't 'belong. in a neighborhood. If you're in high crime area, don't wear flashy clothes, and walk confidently, head held high, and quickly. Walking faster will also make it harder for a criminal to follow you.

One trick that a redditor suggested was to carry something along something to eat. People will think you are part of the neighborhood if you are snacking.


Have A Barren Car
Have A Barren Car
If you're parking in a shady area of town, make sure your car is completely barren without anything of value visible. A criminal will often decide to break into a car from a quick glance, looking for quick cash or valuables.

Advice is mixed about whether to lock your car or not. Some people argue that a locked car is not much of an impediment and only an invitation to a broken window.


Avoid Public Stairwells
Avoid Public Stairwells
Though, it may not be completely avoidable. If you can, try to avoid public stairwells especially ones with lots of platforms and turns that you can't see around..

There are usually no windows in this area, and they are a perfect place for criminals to hangout and wait for unsuspecting victims.


Walk On the Far Edge Of The Sidewalk
Walk On the Far Edge Of The Sidewalk
If you can, walk on the far edge of the sidewalk. The edge of the sidewalk is far more visible and well lit.

In addition, it's harder for a criminal to grab you from the side.


Know Where You Are
Know Where You Are
You should know where you are at all times. So try to stay off of unfamiliar side streets and alleys.

This will also make it easier if you ever have to call the police for assistance.


Avoid Wearing Red Or Blue
Avoid Wearing Red Or Blue
If you have to go through a high crime area, you should avoid wearing red or blue. These two colors are the most common gang colors and you don't want to go through a neighborhood wearing the wrong colors.

For the most part, people don't care what color you are wearing, but it's better to be safe than sorry. If you are going to live in a high crime area, you should research what are the local gang colors and symbols.


Carry A Powerful Flashlight
Carry A Powerful Flashlight
One redditor suggested carrying a small, but extremely bright flashlight. If you have someone approaching you aggressively, you can temporarily blind someone to give you time to get away.

The advantage being no one gets hurt if you misread the situation.


Let Someone Know Where You Are
Let Someone Know Where You Are
If you are going to be in a dangerous neighborhood, always let someone know where you are and how long you are expected be away.

Be sure you check in with them if you are when you get to your destination or if you are going to be late.


Let Your Landlord Know When You Are Away
Let Your Landlord Know When You Are Away
If you are going to be away for a few days. You should let your landlord know.

That way the landlord would know if your apartment should have noise or not.


Do Shopping Sunday Morning
Do Shopping Sunday Morning
If you are going to go shopping in a bad neighborhood, the best times to do it are on Sunday mornings.

Most less savory people are up late on Saturday nights and tend to sleep late Sunday morning.


Be Wary If Someone Pulls Up Their Pants
Be Wary If Someone Pulls Up Their Pants
Many young people like to wear their pants low for fashion.

If you see numerous people pulling up their pants, be extra cautions. This may mean that a fight or something else is about to happen.


Park As Close To Your Door As Possible
Park As Close To Your Door As Possible
Another common sense suggestion is to park as close to your door as possible.

The less distance you have to travel the less opportunity that someone has to rob you.


Keep Your Hair Loose
Keep Your Hair Loose
Though snopes has debunked this suggestion, one redditor suggested if you have long hair to wear it loose and not tie it back into a pony tail.

The reason is that loose hair is more difficult to grab a hold of.