Pinapakinggan ko ito sa work kanina. Nakuha ni criminal ang loob ni balikbayan dahil sa "kababayan" sila. Sa money changer palang, dun na sya naispatan ni criminal. On their way to MOA, pinalagay lahat ng suot na alahas sa bag ni balikbayan dahil daw baka maholdap pa daw sya kapag nakitang suot nya yung mga yun. Habang pinapakinggan ko yung istorya nila, di ko rin maiwasang mapailing. Grabe 1 year na pinaghirapan tapos mawawalang parang bula. Tapos sabi pa sa presinto, labas pasok na daw yung salarin sa kulungan. Alam na...
The lesson here is that you should be suspicious of EVERY stranger. Any stranger that strikes up a conversation without any good reason should always be viewed as a potential crook. If this happens when you have just handled money (withdrawal, money exchange, etc.) or bought something expensive then this should ring alarm bells. In this case you should stay calm, remain in a public place and call for someone to accompany you. Stick close to security personnel like security guards so the crook can't do anything and he persists in bugging you then ask their help.
BTW, I should have posted this earlier but a REALLY GREAT site to read regarding personal security is:
This is NOT a site that teach self-defense like karate or aikido. Rather it covers a huge number of topics like how criminals think, how criminals assess potential targets, how to avoid becoming a target, myths about martial arts or self-defense, home safety, etc. The one who made the site was a former criminal and gangster so he knows how criminals operate.
There are many topics and you cannot read everything in one sitting but I strongly suggest that security-conscious people visit this site, it's incredibly helpful. Examples:
Five stages of violent crime: <click here for link>
Crime and violence are processes that take time to develop. The attack is not the first step, the preliminary triangle must be built. There are five distinct stages that are easily identified:
During the first three stages, you can prevent an attack without the use of violence. These are where the criminal (or violent person) decides whether or not he can get away with it. He may want to (Intent), but if he doesn't have the opportunity (Positioning) he cannot succeed. The Interview is his way to double check if you are safe for him to attack. If these conditions are not met, he will not attack!
What we are about to say is not hyperbole. Selecting a safe victim is a matter of life or death for the criminal. If he picks the wrong target, he's the one who is going to die. Therefore, he's going to make sure he can successfully use violence against you (Interview and Positioning) before he commits himself to act. Once he is sure of his ability to succeed -- and has put you in a position where he can quickly overwhelm you -- he will attack.
As an example under "Interview" types, we've seen this before in some modus operandi locally, e.g. one mentioned by my sister where the robber gets into a fight with someone (e.g. a criminal pretending to be the husband of a woman and arguing with her) and people will not intervene because they think it's a personal dispute.
Hot – Hot interviews are sudden and unexpected emotional blitzkriegs against you. They just "pop out of nowhere." You are minding your own business one minute, and the next you have a threatening, obscenity-spouting, screaming person charging down on you. The success of this strategy relies on you not being accustomed to dealing with extreme emotional violence and reacting in a stunned and confused manner. You must be willing to immediately shift into an extreme of physical violence to fail such interviews. Paradoxically, if you can immediately display this commitment, the attacker will often abort.
Fringe areas (where robberies are most likely to happen)
: <click here for link>
The criminal mindset
: <click here for link>
-- edited by Peorth on Aug 28 2014, 12:54 AM