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Re: Safety while sailing the world - avoiding becoming a victim of crime
Another thing to remember, is just like with storms, the risks of crime are not going to be the same for everyone.
Years ago the FBI did an extensive study where they interviewed hundreds of inmates who were in prison for killing law enforcement officers. What they wanted to find out was why, after encountering law enforcement in hundreds of incidents, and most having been arrested in several incidents, all without attempting to kill a police officer, they had finally made the decision to do so.
The universal answer, from almost all of the inmates, was simply, "Because this time, the officer did something, or had something in his demeanor, to make me think I could get away with it."
And, they also did interviews with colleagues of slain officers, to try and develop a psychological profile of the average slain officers. They were expecting to learn that "Officer A**hole" was the one most likely to be killed. They instead, were surprised to find that "Officer Friendly" was actually the most likely officer to be killed (something I likewise found to be true among the officers and agents I have known who have been murdered).
Most criminals aren't looking for a fair fight. It's not ego. It's their business, even with serial killers. They are looking for a 100 to nothing win. If they don't think they can get that, they will keep looking until they find that.
Remember the scene in "In Cold Blood" (I think if memory serves correctly, it may be a different movie) where the two killers decide to hitchhike, and kill and rob the first people who stop to give them a lift. Two Marines stop and ask if they want a lift and the killers say, no thanks, and then after they drive off, one of them says to the other, "They might have decided to kill us and take our money."
Just something to think about.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico
Last edited by Group9; 04-22-2014 at 10:20 AM.