Criminal Justice Professor: Your Behavior Impacts Your Risk Of Being A Crime Victim

By Jeff Neumeyer

July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 6:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The main message delivered at a seminar in Fort Wayne on Friday, your behavior can impact your risk of becoming a victim of crime.

The chief presenter at the seminar was careful to say it's always the offender's fault, but that the actions of a victim can attract the attention of a criminal.

IPFW professor Dr. Jospeter Mbuba shared that if you leave a purse on a car seat in clear view, you're inviting a crook to break in and steal it.

He also mentioned, victims who start a fight in a bar and end up dead certainly don't deserve to die, but their behavior contributes to the outcome.

As far as women reducing their risk of being victimized, Mbuba says while walking back to their car, women should take in their surroundings, being on the lookout for anything suspicious, and then they should be vigilant in not letting their guard down once they've gotten behind the wheel.

Jospeter Mbuba, Ph.D./IPFW Criminal Justice Prof.: " A lot of people make the mistake of getting into their car and then they begin to organize their handbag, receipts from grocery stores and other things, before they actually lock the car. One of the things that I would encourage women to do is, as soon as you get into your car, lock it."

Kendra Ehinger/Attended Crime Seminar: " I think it's a good example for all society to know that they can prevent certain circumstances, based on their choices."

Mbuba also gives this advice, have your car keys in your hand as you approach your car.

Not only will that help you be ready to start the car and get out of the lot in a hurry if need be, but those keys can also be used as a weapon to ward off an attacker who might come at you.

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