Saturday, December 15, 2007

Do you want to feel safe, or be safe?

A grizzly double murder in an affluent suburban mall. Shoppers wary after Boca Raton mall double slayings
"Don't take for granted this peaceful place we've gotten used to around here."

That peace was shattered Thursday morning when Nancy Bochicchio and her 7-year-old daughter, Joey, were found dead in their SUV, the engine still idling.
This was in Boca Raton, a fairly upscale city sandwiched between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This has produced two - very predictable - reactions.

The first reaction is shock that such things happen "here."
But while people were shocked by the double homicide at what's regarded by many as a safe and affluent mall, it wasn't going to change their holiday shopping agendas.
"The neighbors were shocked," is a common form of denial. Bad things don't happen "here," they happen to other kinds of people in other kinds of places. Here is a clue: if you are reading this, you live in the Real World - which comes complete with crime, disease, etc. But I guess denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

The second issue is one where the authorities want to make people "feel safe."
Malls and stores also were trying to make their customers feel safe.
The administrators at Virginia Tech forbade legal concealed carry on campus because they wanted students and visitors to "feel safe." The Left wants to limit where and when people can Keep and Bear Arms because they want people to feel safe.

Me, I would rather actually be safe. But hey, that's just my take on reality. Of course you cannot guarantee your safety 100%. It is a dangerous world out there. But the stuff "authorities" due to convince the public that they are in charge of the situation is laughable sometimes. In this case - adding police patrols to the mall parking lot will probably actually work to reduce crime at this location. But will it reduce crime? Won't the criminals just move to other malls, where Palm Beach County hasn't deployed its mounted patrols?

Crime can strike anywhere, even in your gated communities. The police are not going to be there the instant you need them. Get used to the idea that you live in the Real World™

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