I love that phrase, “what the eye does not see, the heart does not long for.” It was in an A.J. Cronin book (sorry; forgot which one), and I always think of it when shopping. In an age where so many people feel the need to steal from other people, it pays to do all we can not to tempt them.
Example: If you just bought a brand new top-of-the-line computer, a fabulous designer jacket, a Tiffany diamond bracelet and a pair of Prada shoes, do not put them in your vehicle where they can be seen.
Likewise, if you are shopping in the grocery store, do not leave your purse unattended. I see this all the time; someone leaves their purse (open, with the wallet in plain sight) in their cart, and they wander away to check out the produce, several steps away. Honestly, they are just asking for someone to rob them. Likewise, do not flash your cash when there are people around you. Chances are nothing would happen, but you never know. Don’t let yourself become an easy target.
Keep your kids in sight at all times. I know that it’s a quick trip to the store to pick up a few things, but kids do tend to wander out of sight. When I lived in Texas, I was in a mall one day and heard a women screaming for her daughter, Darlene. Why do I remember the name? Because that little girl named Darlene wandered off when her mother wasn’t looking. This is not to say it was the woman’s fault for taking her eyes off her daughter; these things happen.
But the absolute anguish and heartbreak in that mother’s voice was raw terror. I don’t know if she got her daughter back or not; I sincerely hope that she did.
I have seen so many people putting their purchases right in plain sight in their cars. If you don’t have a trunk, carry a blanket in the car and cover up your purchases. Don’t leave things out to tempt people to steal.
Also, when you are pumping gas, lock your doors. Many thieves watch for people gassing up, and they sneak up to the passenger side, open the door and take the purse or wallet.
LOCK YOUR DOORS ALWAYS. Keep your house keys on you, so that you won’t be locked out. Make it a habit so that you don’t need to think about it. Also, when you are in your house, lock the doors and windows. Same when you are out of your house. Also, it never hurts to leave the TV on or music playing. It gives the impression that someone is in the house.
There are a lot of things that are beyond our control, but there are still a lot of things that we can control. Be prepared, not scared.