A murder occurs in the United States every 34 minutes, a rape
every 5 minutes, a robbery every 58 seconds, and an aggravated assault every 35
seconds. Because of devastating crimes, it is important for everyone to
protect himself or herself.
Do Not Be Tricked By
Remember, not every criminal looks like a psychopath with crazed
eyes. In face, most victims know their assailant. Serial killers are often
attractive, charming people.
Use The Buddy System
There is strength in numbers. Never walk or drive alone if
possible, especially at night. Numbers discourage criminals because their goals
become harder to achieve.
Vary Your Schedule
Many criminals stalk their victims before striking. In order to
avoid a dangerous, “predictable” pattern, change your schedule often or vary
your route whenever possible.
Find someone with whom you can be accountable. For instance, if you
must walk alone, call someone and tell him or her where you are going, and what
time you will return. Plan to call them when you arrive or return. If you are
late, your contact person can call the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at
(864) 984-2523 and advise them of the situation.
Do Not Advertise Your
Use common sense. Avoid the obvious. Carry your money in
an inner coat pocket, or fanny pack. If you use a purse, carry a shoulder bag
held close to your body or worn inside your coat.
Never Agree To Pull Over
Unless a law enforcement officer is in a marked car, never agree to
pull off the road. Many criminals obtain victims by indicating their car
or the victim’s car is having problems.
Take Care Of Your Car
Never leave your keys in the car. Always lock doors and keep
valuables out of view. To avoid car problems, keep your car in good
working order. Consider purchasing an emergency roadside kit, a cellular phone
or CB radio. If you must pull over, light flares and put up emergency
triangles. Lock yourself in the car and wait for assistance.
more information about how to form a watch group, or
existing groups in your area, contact the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Prevention Division at 864-984-4967.