UWPD officer Rick Spoentgen talks about the surge in downtown crime in the latest BADGEr Beat newsletter and offers tips for improving your chances of avoiding it. Tip no. 1: Quit staring at your phone!
“Think about it: a person walking by themselves with ear-buds in, on an un-lit street, staring down into the glaring screen of a phone,” he points out. “To any would-be criminal, this screams, ‘I am oblivious to what is going on around me!’ It also identifies you as a target, with the thief’s $500 pay-day in your hand.”
Among his other suggestions:
- Don’t over-consume alcohol
- Travel in groups when walking at night
- Don’t let random people into your building
- Pay attention to what’s going on around you