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kentuck

(111,665 posts)
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:29 PM Jul 2016

Do you worry that you will be a victim of crime?

If so, which do you fear most?


35 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Unlimited
That someone will break into your house and physically attack you?
4 (11%)
That you will be robbed at gunpoint?
0 (0%)
That you will be a victim of car-jacking?
0 (0%)
That you will be swindled out of money?
0 (0%)
That you will be raped?
0 (0%)
That you will be killed by gunfire from a gang?
0 (0%)
That you will be shot and killed by a policeman?
0 (0%)
None of the above?
3 (9%)
All of the above?
0 (0%)
I have little or no concern about being a victim of crime?
28 (80%)
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Do you worry that you will be a victim of crime? (Original Post) kentuck Jul 2016 OP
I live in a gun humping nation Skittles Jul 2016 #1
I voted "no" b/c I didn't see "murdered at job by active shooter" Iris Jul 2016 #28
I have two choices Scootaloo Jul 2016 #2
"I am an old man," Mark Twain observed, "and have known many troubles . . . Journeyman Jul 2016 #3
I have been assaulted, and my home was burglarized. but, no, I do not worry. niyad Jul 2016 #4
Ditto (but no death threats.) elleng Jul 2016 #10
If you add Rape in there, it'd be my choice of fear uppityperson Jul 2016 #5
My home will be burglarized Duckhunter935 Jul 2016 #6
Saw a wall plague in Amish country a while back "Most things doc03 Jul 2016 #7
"out of 10 problems coming down the road, 9 will run off in the ditch before they get to you/" Ex Lurker Jul 2016 #37
I have been a victim of crime ... 1StrongBlackMan Jul 2016 #8
^This^ Solly Mack Jul 2016 #9
My concerns are no greater or less today than they were last week, or last month, or last year... S_B_Jackson Jul 2016 #11
No rape option? milestogo Jul 2016 #12
Not much concern, at least not enough to arm up to walk down street. Only increases odds for me Hoyt Jul 2016 #13
My house was robbed recently, while my wife & I were home... VOX Jul 2016 #14
Thieves are a big concern in my neighborhood... kentuck Jul 2016 #15
You left out rape and domestic abuse. nolabear Jul 2016 #16
True. kentuck Jul 2016 #17
Been there, done that... hunter Jul 2016 #18
Been a victim before, will be again probably Nevernose Jul 2016 #19
"Worry" isn't the word I'd use. DeadLetterOffice Jul 2016 #20
No. None of the above. panader0 Jul 2016 #21
I wouldn't say "worry"... SuperDutyTX Jul 2016 #22
Nyc is one of the safest large cities and I feel safe when I'm here La Lioness Priyanka Jul 2016 #23
I have a gun. Boudica the Lyoness Jul 2016 #24
My home was burglarized last fall. hamsterjill Jul 2016 #25
No. roody Jul 2016 #26
This is why it is important for the police to start doing something about crime scscholar Jul 2016 #27
No. Heeeeers Johnny Jul 2016 #29
Not in the least. SheilaT Jul 2016 #30
I gave up fear.... Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2016 #31
I can"t afford to really worry. Lady Freedom Returns Jul 2016 #32
Of those options, the most likely is robbed at gunpoint ecstatic Jul 2016 #33
I'm worried the .01% gwheezie Jul 2016 #34
I don't worry about it, but as I get older I think about it more. pablo_marmol Jul 2016 #35
Why worry? Either I will be or I won't be. All I can Saphire Jul 2016 #36
All and none, like most sensible middle class folks whatthehey Jul 2016 #38
I worry about being swindled. JustABozoOnThisBus Jul 2016 #39
Invasion robbery. Igel Jul 2016 #40
Shit happens. I don't spend time worrying about that kind of stuff. nt Cali_Democrat Jul 2016 #41
I've been a victim of crime multiple times this year. NCTraveler Jul 2016 #42
I only worry about being a victim when I travel within American cities HereSince1628 Jul 2016 #43
I am mostly concerned about being assaulted by vagrants near my office Sen. Walter Sobchak Jul 2016 #44
I am amazed that so many accept crime and violence as a given. kentuck Jul 2016 #45

Iris

(15,819 posts)
28. I voted "no" b/c I didn't see "murdered at job by active shooter"
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 11:25 PM
Jul 2016

esp since I work on a colllege campus in a state that will likely allow concealed carry at schools by this time next year.

 

Scootaloo

(25,699 posts)
2. I have two choices
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:30 PM
Jul 2016

I can worry about what might happen but probably won't, or I can not do that and go about my life.

Journeyman

(15,091 posts)
3. "I am an old man," Mark Twain observed, "and have known many troubles . . .
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:31 PM
Jul 2016
most of which never happened."

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

niyad

(116,265 posts)
4. I have been assaulted, and my home was burglarized. but, no, I do not worry.
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:36 PM
Jul 2016

there is a metaphysical belief that that which you focus on, you attract.

oh, and I have received death threats for my work for women's rights, and domestic violence survivors.

doc03

(35,916 posts)
7. Saw a wall plague in Amish country a while back "Most things
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:41 PM
Jul 2016

people worry about never happen" I bet if you ran that poll on a Rethug site or even on the Discussionist you would get exactly the opposite answers all the Rethug I know worry about everything.

Ex Lurker

(3,861 posts)
37. "out of 10 problems coming down the road, 9 will run off in the ditch before they get to you/"
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 06:35 AM
Jul 2016

My dad or my grandfather told me that, I don't remember which.

 

1StrongBlackMan

(31,849 posts)
8. I have been a victim of crime ...
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:43 PM
Jul 2016

violent crime ... more than once; but, I don't worry that I will suffer it, again.

I can't/won'tlive my life in fear.

 

Hoyt

(54,770 posts)
13. Not much concern, at least not enough to arm up to walk down street. Only increases odds for me
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 09:47 PM
Jul 2016

and others. I lock doors, don't go certain places (but not many), stay aware of what is going on around me, and generally avoid places where right/white wing yahoos are likely to be carrying guns and are full of paranoia and hatred.

VOX

(22,976 posts)
14. My house was robbed recently, while my wife & I were home...
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:16 PM
Jul 2016

They slipped in through a small, pried-open bathroom window, stole my watch (belonged to my late dad), wife's wallet and prescription drugs. We were on the other side of the house, never saw or heard a thing. Perps were likely young men, and must have been in and out in mere moments. They were not looking for confrontation, as we would have been easy enough to locate in the house. We're in an okay neighborhood, decent folks, etc. Filed a police report, got *proper* locks on the windows, had the alarm company wire another doorway. We're fine, just disappointed in fellow-humans. I could get all twisted up in righteous fury about it, but what would that gain? Do I feel the need to arm myself? Hell no, a handgun is just one more shiny, quickly fence-able goody to steal. But I do need a new watch...(I did learn that the master bedroom is THE spot thieves gravitate to: it's where the jewelry, cash, guns, safes, etc. are usually stored. We've changed that.)

kentuck

(111,665 posts)
15. Thieves are a big concern in my neighborhood...
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:17 PM
Jul 2016

People will follow UPS truck around and then steal the packages once they are delivered. They also like birdbaths, fountains, and hanging baskets.

I hate thieves. I have no respect for them.

nolabear

(42,292 posts)
16. You left out rape and domestic abuse.
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:21 PM
Jul 2016

And no, I don't fear those, but for women they're the two biggest risks.

Nevernose

(13,081 posts)
19. Been a victim before, will be again probably
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:27 PM
Jul 2016

Life is suffering, but that doesn't mean I need to live in fear. That's just the way it goes.

I do worry about my daughter quite a bit, but 90% of that is whether or not she drops out of college

DeadLetterOffice

(1,352 posts)
20. "Worry" isn't the word I'd use.
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 10:53 PM
Jul 2016

I have an awareness that I may be a crime-victim again at some point in my future, but I don't spend my life planning how to avoid being a crime target.
That being said, as a woman I am particularly aware that I may be a target of sexual violence, and that one *does* impinge on my consciousness in particular situations -- car parks, walking late at night, etc. I practice due diligence in such situations and always listen to my 'this person is creepy' vibe.

SuperDutyTX

(79 posts)
22. I wouldn't say "worry"...
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 11:03 PM
Jul 2016

I've been a "victim" of a crime a few times, but I wouldn't say that I spend time actually worrying about it; it's more an acceptance that there are more criminal elements at large than I would like, and that something will likely happen again one day.

That said, there have been a pattern of home robberies within a 5 mile radius of my area (per the local news, and police FB pages), and admittedly it's closer to home than I would like.

hamsterjill

(15,406 posts)
25. My home was burglarized last fall.
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 11:14 PM
Jul 2016

It was a nightmare and I've yet to feel safe again. Crime is on the upswing in our city in part because our police force is about 200 officers short thanks to a city council that doesn't support police.

Say what you want about the police. But their absence, on patrols and simply being visible, has contributed greatly to a negative change in my area.

 

scscholar

(2,902 posts)
27. This is why it is important for the police to start doing something about crime
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 11:20 PM
Jul 2016

Instead of just allo0wing crime to continue unpunished. They constantly give speeding tickets and parking tickets, because that is safe, but they need to start finally doing their jobs.

Heeeeers Johnny

(423 posts)
29. No.
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 11:27 PM
Jul 2016

Nor do I live in fear that I'd lose life or property due to a fire, yet I make sure my smoke detectors have fresh batteries
and my fire extinguishers are up to date.

 

SheilaT

(23,156 posts)
30. Not in the least.
Mon Jul 11, 2016, 11:31 PM
Jul 2016

But I do pay attention to my surroundings, try not to be in "bad" neighborhoods, don't flaunt my (hah!) wealth, and just a go about my life. An awful lot of crime is purely random. The victim simply has the misfortune to be the one targeted.

I feel reasonably safe from burglary because anyone getting into my house would look around, see there's no TV, probably wouldn't be bothered to steal my desktop computer, maybe my laptop but even it's old enough not to be very desirable. I have some jewelry that might be worth taking, but not sure how hard a thief would search.

When I worked at DCA (National Airport) back in the 70's I took the bus from Alexandria, VA, to the airport. Almost always worked an afternoon shift, meaning I got off work at 10pm or later. Often, if weather was bad, a LOT later. Occasionally someone would ask if I wasn't worried about taking the bus home at 1am. I always laughed, pointing out that someone trying to stalk me would soon give up in despair because I never took a bus at the same time any two nights in a row. My walk from the bus stop to my apartment was well lighted, I paid attention to the surroundings, and NEVER had anything the least bit odd, let alone scary, happen.

I'm now 67, and am aware that as I get older there's the potential for being more of a target just because of my age. And while there are no guarantees in life, I simply trust that doing what I've done all along is sufficient.

If I become a crime victim tomorrow I will most likely just chalk it up to random, unfortunate chance. And I hope I'll then go about my life as before.

ecstatic

(33,455 posts)
33. Of those options, the most likely is robbed at gunpoint
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 12:00 AM
Jul 2016

Unfortunately, I live in a high crime suburban area, so most items on your list aren't off the table. I try my best to take the proper precautions. Regarding cops, I'm more concerned when travelling outside metro Atlanta. Around here, I'm invisible to cops (knock on wood). From what I've witnessed in Atlanta, cops tend to stop young (black) men the most, especially if driving a dark colored sports car, or if the car is customized in a way that's super masculine, "cool" or flashy (custom rims, paint, etc).

Also, they stop you if you're riding a clunker. Ironically, they mostly ignore the people who look like they can afford random, unexpected traffic tickets.

gwheezie

(3,580 posts)
34. I'm worried the .01%
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 12:47 AM
Jul 2016

Will continue to fuck us over and none of them go to jail. In fact, we may have to kick in our hard earned cash to keep them out of jail.

pablo_marmol

(2,375 posts)
35. I don't worry about it, but as I get older I think about it more.
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 12:55 AM
Jul 2016

Predators look for soft targets. Older folks make for softer targets.

Saphire

(2,437 posts)
36. Why worry? Either I will be or I won't be. All I can
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 06:33 AM
Jul 2016

do is be cautious. I think most liberals are optimistic. Rethugs are paranoid chicken littles...always worried.

whatthehey

(3,660 posts)
38. All and none, like most sensible middle class folks
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 09:09 AM
Jul 2016

All are very possible. There is no nice neighborhood/blameless life exemption from criminal action. My mother in law, a church volunteer who never used any profanity nor got so much as a parking ticket in her upscale whitebread suburban life, was abducted in broad daylight from a parking lot and later murdered. I've lived a far worse life sometimes in far worse places and never been in any great danger of victimhood past a couple of enraged but ineffectual Christian warrior wannabes. But any of your events listed could happen to me today. That's the all part.

However none are very likely. Just like people win the big lotteries several times a month but it's still a quarter billion to one for any ticket, violent crimes happen all the time but individuals, outside areas of concentrated criminal activity that is, are generally likely to live their lives free of the big-ticket items you list. Since I no longer have to live in very poor high crime neighborhoods, my risk is very low, but it still could happen any time.

So what's a sensible likely safe but still potential victim supposed to do? The same thing we do with other rare calamities like house fires, fatal car crashes, sudden permanent disability, etc. We try to avoid high risks, protect ourselves where possible, and insure ourselves just in case.

Igel

(35,769 posts)
40. Invasion robbery.
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 12:01 PM
Jul 2016

It happened a few blocks from here. Nobody knew anything that they'd tell the police.

There are robberies from time to time around here. Last year a kid up the block accidentally killed himself, the police report said. A couple of miles away there have been killings and at least one guy killed by police (who "extrajudicially executed" him after he killed one person, wounded another, and was pointing the gun at police and screaming he was going to finish off his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend).

Not a big worry, but enough to make me consider getting my string instruments insured against theft.

 

NCTraveler

(30,481 posts)
42. I've been a victim of crime multiple times this year.
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 12:03 PM
Jul 2016

It is something that will continue. It gets worse during economic downturns. I am talking non-violent crime.

HereSince1628

(36,063 posts)
43. I only worry about being a victim when I travel within American cities
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 06:29 PM
Jul 2016

It's a prejudice that I believe was born of watching too much television news. I can't shake that, even though I've never been a victim of a crime in a city.

 

Sen. Walter Sobchak

(8,692 posts)
44. I am mostly concerned about being assaulted by vagrants near my office
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 07:49 PM
Jul 2016

Mental illness or robbery is probably on a case-by-case basis.

kentuck

(111,665 posts)
45. I am amazed that so many accept crime and violence as a given.
Tue Jul 12, 2016, 08:07 PM
Jul 2016

And there is nothing they can do about it. That scares me more than the criminals...

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