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NCJ Number: 98011 Find in a Library
Title: Don't Become the Victim
Author(s): M W Ratledge
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 110
Sponsoring Agency: Paladin Press
Boulder, CO 80301
Sale Source: Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle
Gunbarrel Tech Center
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Written by a prisoner with 20 years of experience as a professional thief, this volume explains how various common crimes are committed and gives practical suggestions for avoiding victimization.
Abstract: A chapter on auto theft explains the reasons why automobiles are stolen, lists six steps that will prevent 85 percent of auto thefts, and explains the operations of professional auto theft rings. Devices that are effective and ineffective in preventing thefts by professionals are explained. A discussion of burglary covers differences between daytime and nighttime burglary and the use of burglar alarms and other security systems. Ways of preventing and dealing with business and home robbery and behaviors to use if confronted by a robber are detailed. Common confidence games are explained, including pyramid selling, home improvement frauds, short-changing, bogus checks, and other forms of fraud. Guidelines for prevention of rape and for action after becoming a rape victim are given. Additional chapters cover shoplifting, murder, and vice crime such as gambling and prostitution. An epilogue gives suggestions for correctional reform.
Index Term(s): Burglary; Citizen crime precautions; Confidence game; Crime specific countermeasures; Motor Vehicle Theft; Physical crime prevention; Rape; Residential security; Robbery
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