Rape, burglary, car theft, domestic violence and aggravated battery all peak during the summer, according to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The reason for that isn’t necessarily hot, crabby criminals, but rather increased opportunity as more people are out and about or away from their homes.
Hope for a heat wave because the crime drops when temperatures are greater than 90.
So Johnson offers the advice that you need to think like a cop and have “situational awareness.”
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“You will also never see me sitting with my back to a door, being unaware at an ATM drive-thru or day dreaming at a stoplight. I work at it all the time to be aware,” he said.
Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown recently described how he and his retired police mentor regularly meet for lunch, and each tries to arrive before the other so they can get the seat allowing them to see the restaurant’s front entrance.
Johnson’s advice on “situational awareness,” or what is also called “when/then” thinking, is basically to have a Plan B as well as a Plan C or D in case things change or fail.
“When driving put that phone away and get there safely. When walking or going to an ATM, watch all around you, and watch who is watching you. When driving and you are getting ready to slow to a stop, watch other cars around you. If one tries to block you in, do you have a plan? Did you lock your doors? Did you leave enough space to simply drive away? Focus on the moment,” he said.
Cool advice for these hot days.