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Old 02-05-2013, 07:32   #76
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Great story, Boaty!

But I'd rather think they were the ones who were afraid of that coffee weapon you were carrying!

Aren't coffee weapons illegal?
Actually... I think they were hoping I'd share my 'Pot'....
Coulda sworn one of em was humming a tune from Easy Rider...
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:44   #77
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People on the lowest edge of the social scale can smell fear as easily as a dog can.. its pungent.. and like most mammals they will behave with caution and respect if the smell is not there.. just move slow and easy and don't provoke reaction with sudden movement or noise.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:51   #78
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You must be a parole officer to haver such statistics so readily acvailable.. kudos to you ,, my opinion is simple as the have-nots want what the have-nows possess,,, that is reason for car=jackings and home-invasions becomoing the fastest growing crimes of north america,,,just ask any law enforcement officer and they will confirm,,car-jackingg is the fasterst growing crime committed in north america after armed robbery,,,both are a nightmare to the isolated couple of retired people living on a sailboat in strange surroundings,,, jmho
Not an officer, just a sometimes journalist. Carjacking do appear to be on the rise in some area, but from what I can find it is hard to know for sure b/c mostly these crimes get recorded as different offences: theft, assault, kidnapping, etc.
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Mike you hit on one of the big reasons for the decrease in violent crime. The change in youth demographic is a significant. The reduction in children born in poverty, broken families, and most of all UNWANTED has been reduced. Legalization of abortion in the 70's gets a lions share of credit here. Those kids are simply not brought to term.
I've never thought abortion was anything but murder, but I have to admit, that one of the unintended benefits of not having bad mothers raise kids, appears to be less fifteen to twenty years later.
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What you have to bear in mind, is that in previous years and generations, reports of such crime did not travel far or quick. Today they do both. Often you will hear talk of crime , yet the incident was years ago and is constantly regurgitated on the internet.

Certain places get more dangerous , others get safer, its an epoch thing. My experiences of the major cruiser centres is they are considerably safer today then years ago , probably because such areas realise there is money to be made. Unfortunately the corollary is that they become more expensive.

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That's part of it, too. The networking of law enforcement agencies through the internet (and news, too) has revealed serial murders, for instance, that in times past, would have never been known about outside of the area they occurred in, and would have never been tied into other murders thousands of miles away.

Yet, most of the law enforcement agents who work serial killers, think they were just as prevalent two hundred years ago as they are now. They just weren't identified as such because there was no mechanism to do so.
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group 9 you are dead on as regards the topic of numbers of serial killers vs lack of anonymity as in day s long gone.....we see the news on interwebz and tv and hear it on radioa nd read--- is all out in open these days and nothing is secret or sacred--not even secret plans of battle.
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It's funny because in the last week we stayed in Mazatlan's commercial harbor and San Blas, both of which are "dangerous" and other cruisers recount the crime in both. The stuff is passed down like folklore.

In San Diego when some homeless guys were found sleeping on a boat in the marina we shook our heads and laughed it off; it wasn't emblematic of crime in San Diego and something to repeat to everyone on the VHF net every morning, or pass along to other sailors over tacos.
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My two life rules:

1. Don't let fear of trouble keep you from doing the things you like to do.

2. Always expect trouble and always be ready to deal with it.
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SaltyMonkey likes everyone good natured attitude when it comes to safety.

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