Did you ever wonder why when it comes to crime some people end up as the victim, and others escape this type of criminal activity?
Not unlike lawmen/women, criminals do a similar form of profiling using relatively specific information about a potential victim to determine if someone is a likely ‘mark’ for a crime. Today we’ll explore this topic in some depth and see how you might lessen your chance of becoming a victim of crime.
In an interesting article by Jason Hanson titled ‘Who would You Attack’, the author describes the type of person he would consider to be the perfect victim for a quick robbery:
- My target would be a woman.
- She would either be a young woman, such as in high school or college, or an elderly woman. (It would not be a woman with kids. Women with kids go “crazy” to protect their children.)
- She would be wearing jewelry, such as a large ring or several bracelets or earrings that looked like they were worth some money.
- The way she walked would show a lack of self-confidence and perhaps she would be slightly hunched over.
- Her hands would be full of shopping bags.
- Even though her hands are full she would somehow manage to be on her cell phone too.
- She would be alone.
Does this sound like you?
Author Wayne Petherick composed a very in-depth article about Victimology posted on the Crime Library website where he explores case studies done on victims of crime and the relationships between the victims. As well as covering ‘method of approach’ and ‘method of attack’, Petherick also discusses ‘risk assessment’ which I feel is a very important component to take note of.
Personal and behavioral attributes such as drug and alcohol use, frequent travel at night, and emotional frame of mind all lend a hand in criminals determining if a person will be a likely victim. The offender will look for a person that might be impaired by substance use, tired from being up late, or in emotional turmoil from a recent event which can weaken normal alertness and reduce risk of resistance to an attack.
As women, it is very important that we make ourselves aware of our surroundings at all times, prepare ourselves for the possibility of an incident… and make efforts to present a less likely target. The fact that women do spend a great deal more time alone these days is a big contributor in growing participation in concealed carry courses and firearms sales in the female demographic group.
This is also why Smittys Rancho provides so many styles of conceal carry bags and purses, hopefully to meet the growing challenge of carrying a firearm comfortably as well as fashionably for women who choose to arm themselves.
Smittys Rancho features CC handbags from the respected manufacturers ‘Montana West’ and ‘Gun Tote’n Mamas’ so you know you are getting quality as well as value when you purchase a bag to house your firearm and other necessities.
Here are a few bags I have selected from the website that I hope you will like. There’s more where these came from so make sure to explore them all at the link below the pictures if you don’t find one that suits your particular needs or taste here.
For work, I suggest one of these classic looks:
And for your night out on the town, how about one of these sweet CC bags:
And you may find the whole selection of concealed carry handbags here as promised earlier:
Not a firearm carrier? We won’t let you feel left out today, we have non-CC handbags available also, check them out here:
See my favorite non-CC handbag here:
Staying safe is important because we like you – make efforts every day to ensure you don’t fall prey to an offender .
Thanks for stopping in and we’ll see you next time.