Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Scots advised to be passive in the face of crime

Scotsman.com News - UK - So what do you do when your home is burgled? Dr. Ian Stephen advises the Scots to do nothing when confronted by crime.
In most cases the best form of defence is always avoidance. If this isn’t possible, act passively, be careful what you say or do and give up valuables without a struggle. This allows the victim to take charge of the situation, without the intruder’s awareness, through subtle and non-confrontational means. People can cooperate but initiate nothing. By doing nothing there is no chance of inadvertently initiating violence by saying something such as "Please don’t hurt me".
Saying that "avoidance" is the best "defense" is dangerously close to blaming the victim. (You need to practice your rapist avoidance, your gay-basher avoidance, your psycho-ex-spouse avoidance,...) I'm sorry but a "burglar" who is in my home when I am home is a home invader, and I will treat them accordingly.

I feel sure that Dr. Ian has never faced a rapist, or a gay-basher. Someone in my home while I am there I will assume is the former, and they will be treated accordingly (see my idea of self-defense). Given that Scotland has the same law as England - defend yourself and you will land in jail - Dr. Ian's line is nothing more than the party line. What does he suggest be done when the "burglar" turns violent, or if the person is more interested in violence than burglary to begin with? What then Dr. Ian? Call 999 (the British version of 911) and pray the police get there in time? [Thanks to NRA-ILA]

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