Jul 18, 2007, 8:06 AM
I appreciate your concern for the health of my ego, but its fine actually. Are those reports of violent crime scary to you? They do not scare me, rather they reinforce my view of the value of preparedness. What do many crime victims say afterwards? They say "He came out of nowhere" or "I didn't see it coming" or "I couldn't believe it was actually happening." You see, if you know whats going on, you won't be like a deer caught in headlights, unable to react and protect yourself. I've been around this forum for an awfully long time and I see the following comments frequently:
""I don't lock the doors to my home.
I use the ATM at night, no problem.
As a free man I can wander the streets at 2am , no problem.
Just mind your own business and you'll be fine.
I am a tourist, nobody wants to harm the tourism industry so I'll be fine.
I don't speak Spanish, so is that a problem?
I can't read the local paper, its in Spanish, get I get an English one?
Is it 10 dollars to the peso or the other way 'round?
Do you think anyone will notice my Rolex is a fake?
I don't need to be armed, the police will protect me.
Why do Mexican properties have gates and walls with broken glass on top , thats abit paranoid don't you think?
Nothing bad has ever happened to me before, why should the future be different?""
and the list goes on. These are comments and questions from normal, intelligent but clueless, forum participants, not drug addicts or folks misspending their youth. The opportunities for one to become a victim when acting like that are tremendous. For some reason unknown to me, people mistake the warmth of the Mexican people with being in a secure environment. There really is no connection. I personally am prepared for the bad guys. You hear stories of folks tied up, on their knees, begging the criminal for their lives. That will never happen to me and it shouldn't happen to anyone else either.
Live your life as you see best.
(This post was edited by alex . on Jul 18, 2007, 8:32 AM)