By Lt. James Perez
Fairfield Ct. Police Dept
And Sarita Coletrane, NCPC
Why do some of us find ourselves becoming victims of crime while others seem to slip past unscathed? Some attribute it to luck while others simply don’t know why. One thing is for sure; we all have or can have more control in preventing or reducing our chances of becoming victims.
Every one of us has a sixth sense that we can develop to make us increasingly aware of our surroundings and less vulnerable to criminal intent. Like a muscle, we must give our sixth sense a workout to become more effective. The American Heritage Dictionary defines sixth sense as “a power of perception seemingly independent of the five senses; keen intuition.” It further describes it as “having power to discern the true nature of a person or situation.” During a crisis or traumatic event, our mind works like a hard drive of a computer. What you put in is exactly what will come out. By using sound judgment, following suggested safety tips, and mentally playing out scenarios, one can sharpen intuition, which can lead to sharper perception. Think about how many times you second guess yourself regarding a strong negative feeling or sensing that something is wrong. We tend to shrug it off to the point that we talk ourselves out of the very mechanism that’s there to protect us. During this holiday time of shopping, attending holiday functions with family and friends, eating out at restaurants, and visiting the holiday lights, it is especially important to be cognizant of your surroundings and safety. The next time you get that uncanny feeling, don’t dismiss it. It can protect you and your family from becoming victims of crime.