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Crime in your life

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It’d be interesting to hear you guys’ feelings about crime. Today I’ve scared myself silly by watching a succession of YouTube videos about murderers, abductions and people trafficking. I’m obviously aware of the horrific things which happen in the world but I’m lucky enough to have never had to imagine them happening to me or my loved ones.

I live in a rural area on the south west coast in the U.K. The population is generally low and generally not involved in serious crime. It’ll happen so infrequently that when it does, it’s a big deal.

I know this will sound staggeringly naive to some of you but that’s sort of my point. To me, living where I do and pretty much not having to deal with crime at all, is normal. But what goes on where you live? What’s your normal?

Wherever we’re from, we’ve all got different levels of what we consider to be normal caution about crime. Should everybody, regardless of where they live, be worried about crime or should we only think about it if it’s affecting us?

Share your thoughts.

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We used to have a prostitute/drug addict living next door as a neighbour, and police used to come by fairly often because of her and/or her squatting friends’ activities.

She and they have long since vacated the place, but we still don’t like going over there, and I honestly wish I could burn it to the ground to purify the area of her everlasting taint.

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It should be a crime to be me, I’m so awesome.

I’d share my crime history but I don’t want to jinx it.

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I like to watch reruns of COPS: Reloaded sometimes.

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yhwx said:

I like to watch reruns of COPS: Reloaded sometimes.

Is that the one where Steve Gutennberg is revealed as The One?

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Growing up there was no crime. Now there’s drug crime, but violent/robbery type crime is pretty rare, although meth is coming through so it’s not as rare as it used to be. When I was a kid there was, practically no crime. Then for years just kids getting busted with pot, but never violent crime or theft. Now meth is on the rise, and while violent crime is still rare it does occasionally happen now. Retail theft is common but house burglary/robbery is still pretty rare.

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Lots of loiterers.

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Neighboring house got broken into several months back. Other than that, there’ve been some illegal fireworks and general disruption of the peace, but not much else that I can think of. However, I’ve been away almost all summer, so who knows what I’ve missed?

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I committed a crime once. I stole two shaped rubber bands when the sign said pay $5 to fill a container full of them (could fit maybe 150 into one). Got into a lot of trouble for that one, let me tell you.

Not enough people read the EU.

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Many of my patients are petty criminals. I see them daily. It’s definitely perception-altering when you realize how many criminals live in your hick town.

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I live in the middle of nowhere, so the only crime comes from when the deer loiter on property.

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The offspring of a minor local politician, one who’d been stirring up hatred and division online on facebook blaming anyone who didn’t look like, or think like them - for all of society’s ills, was arrested last week; for the very crimes their parent had been blaming on ‘those foreigners, innit’.
 

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When I was in my 20’s, my apartment was broken into and I was cleaned out. That is the only significant crime that happened directly to me.

However, my 75 year old aunt was a very recent victim of a more serious crime. She was a victim of one of those telephone kidnapping scams. The perpetrators convinced her that her daughter was kidnapped, and had her running around the state for over 30 hours, extorting her for $8000 over that period. Although she eventually learned that it was a hoax, and that her daughter was fine, the experience was extremely traumatizing. It happened about a month ago, and she is still suffering from PTSD symptoms.

Everyone needs to be made aware of this scam. If you get a phone call saying that a loved one has been kidnapped, it is useful to know the typical specifics of the scam: (1) they impersonate your loved one with screaming sounds in the background, (2) they insist that you stay on the phone and NEVER hang up, (3) they keep you moving non-stop, (4) they may spoof your loved-one’s phone so you think that they have his/her cell phone, (5) they claim that actually they are hitmen and that your loved-one was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing their hit (this latter is to convince you that they have no problem killing him/her).

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Other than going missing as a kid and almost getting kidnapped, I’ve had little direct experience with crime. Someone hit-and-ran my car a few years ago but it was only a small dent.

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Puggo - Jar Jar’s Yoda said:

When I was in my 20’s, my apartment was broken into and I was cleaned out. That is the only significant crime that happened directly to me.

However, my 75 year old aunt was a very recent victim of a more serious crime. She was a victim of one of those telephone kidnapping scams. The perpetrators convinced her that her daughter was kidnapped, and had her running around the state for over 30 hours, extorting her for $8000 over that period. Although she eventually learned that it was a hoax, and that her daughter was fine, the experience was extremely traumatizing. It happened about a month ago, and she is still suffering from PTSD symptoms.

Everyone needs to be made aware of this scam. If you get a phone call saying that a loved one has been kidnapped, it is useful to know the typical specifics of the scam: (1) they impersonate your loved one with screaming sounds in the background, (2) they insist that you stay on the phone and NEVER hang up, (3) they keep you moving non-stop, (4) they may spoof your loved-one’s phone so you think that they have his/her cell phone, (5) they claim that actually they are hitmen and that your loved-one was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing their hit (this latter is to convince you that they have no problem killing him/her).

Holy fu¢king expletive, that is messed up! I still find it shocking that people can do that to other people, and I am 36, so it’s not like I haven’t seen proof of it before. Sorry to hear that happened to your aunt.