Living in the city
Longtime residents of Detroit’s high-crime areas are forced to learn strategies to avoid becoming crime victims. Members of the Facebook group “Detroit Crime and Homicide” shared these tips:
After buying a television or computer, never leave the box in front of the house, because it lets thieves know there’s something worth stealing inside.
If you’re at a fast-food restaurant drive-through and you’re behind another vehicle, leave enough space so that you’re not boxed in and can drive away if someone tries to rob you.
As you approach a red light, look around for bushes, buildings, or anything else that could make a hiding place for carjackers. Also, leave space between your vehicle and those in front or behind you, so you can’t be boxed in. Gas up during the day. Carry a “decoy wallet” containing a few dollars and an empty debit card, so if you’re robbed you can hand it over, instead of the real wallet containing credit cards, identification and other important documentation.
Don’t keep your Christmas tree near a window, because it signals to people outside there are presents that may be worth stealing.
If possible, when moving into a new home, do so at night, or cover belongings with a blanket, so people won’t see what you’re bringing into the house.
Change up your daily routine, such as when you leave for work or the routes you take.
Never post on social media if you’re going to be away from home. Also refrain from bragging on social media about expensive purchases.
Put your purse in the trunk while driving; or if you have it in your seat, intertwine the strap with the seat belt to make it more difficult to snatch.