An old proverb, but relevant for today with nationwide crime increases. Hoping for the best is a positive trait, but preparing for the worst offers a solid Plan B.
Fox News reported:
“Violent crimes have reached unprecedented numbers in the last two years, with murders increasing by nearly 30% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to FBI data. By 2021, homicides continued to rise in major American cities across the country, with the Council on Criminal Justice releasing data in January showing a 5% increase in homicides compared to 2020’s wildly bloody year.”
If you watch the news, you already know that life and personal safety become more dangerous by the day, and crime is not confined to major cities. Shootings, road rage and violence are daily occurrences in many cities and rural areas as well.
So how does one prepare for such circumstances? Some ideas to consider might be:
Keep in mind you are your best self-protection and first responder. Law enforcement has no obligation to protect you, and the “defund the police” and “soft on crime” movements are alive and well in too many places.
Lastly, do all you can to avoid a potentially lethal confrontation.
One always can be optimistic and hope for best, but prepare for the worst. If you prepare for the worst, hopefully you can expect the best. Continue to Stay safe, be prepared. ~ Mike
Mike now calls Northwestern Arkansas home, but has lived and worked in several states and internationally. He has been an independent contractor and consultant since 2006 specializing in risk management, emergency management and training. In addition to work as a law-enforcement planner and technical writer with the Boise, Idaho, Police Department, he has experience in journalism, crop and animal agriculture, dryland farming for 20 years in western Kansas, plant and animal diseases, pandemic influenza, agroterrorism, bioterrorism, food safety and healthcare marketing.
He has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and has newspaper and agency writing and editing experience. At Washington State University in Pullman, he earned a master’s degree emphasizing adult education and communications.
While living in Lander, WY, Mike provided photographic coverage of the One-Shot Antelope Hunt for three years, and got to meet and accompany folks such as Chuck Yeager, Carroll Shelby, Buzz Aldrin, Dale Robertson and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf on their hunts. He also worked as an outfitter’s guide.