Over the past decade, crime in Miami has declined by 40% according to statistics complied by the State of Florida. That is certainly good news, but it does not negate the fact that of the various towns in that region of the state that crime in Miami and Miami Beach is still plentiful. And the fact is, you can be an area that you consider to be safe and still end up being a victim.
It was a seemingly senseless incident that took the like of a mother and grandmother of six on April 15, 2014. That’s when 62-year-old Linda Ann Grant was gunned down outside the King Brothers Market. It was a place that the grandmother frequented and an area in which she felt safe. The motivation for the shooting, which also wounded two other bystanders, is unknown. The assailant used two guns in the shooting, which occurred outside the market.
Can You Protect Yourself?
The recent shooting in what is a relatively safe area of Miami has many people wondering how they can protect themselves from such violence. Some incidents such as the one that killed Linda Ann Grant happen so quickly, randomly, and unpredictably that it’s hard to imagine such a thing happening, and also difficult to determine how to stop such actions.
Here are a few things that you can do to alleviate the chance of becoming a crime victim:
- When in public stay aware and alert.
- Go out with people and not alone.
- Do not have a lot of cash on-hand.
- When driving always keep your care securely locked.
- Safeguard your possessions when in public.
- Know where you are going and how to get there.
- Always have your cell on you, charged, and 911 programmed into it.
- Don’t allow strangers to detain you with questions.
- When out in public don’t wear crime magnets such as expensive jewelry.
- When at home lock all doors and secure windows.
- Never open your door for someone you don’t know or for unscheduled workmen and others.
- Get a dog.
- Have a security system installed in your home.
- Know your neighbors.
- When not at home make it look as if you are.
- Know those who live around you.
- Participate in a neighborhood watch.
- Keep your home well lit at night, especially the outside.
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Although it’s hard to imagine anything or anyone being able to stop the shooting that took the life of Linda Ann Grant in Miami, that doesn’t mean that you can’t alleviate the chances that you’ll be victimized by other types of incidents or situations. Those who take charge of their surroundings, whether at home or out in the public, are less likely to be victimized.
To avoid crime in Miami, always use common sense when in public, dealing with strangers, or preparing to leave your home. Don’t take unnecessary risks by travelling through questionable neighborhoods, carry large amounts of cash, or driving in an unsecured vehicle. If you are waiting somewhere in a public area at night, it should be well lit and populated. Always remember that there is security in numbers.