Elaborate why americans are more used to live with violent crimes?
In my younger days I was travelling a lot, and when the travellers sat together in youth hostels or similar places, it used to be the americans asking questions like: Is this a save area? Can you walk here at night? Sth like this would never have come to the mind of a european traveller, simply because there where no good or bad areas in our hometowns, or whatever. At least at that time.
Or another example: Simply walking away from Ace Music in North Miami (which seemed like a normal area to me) the salesperson advised me not to walk around here (too dangerous) and take definitely a taxi, not the bus to the airport if I could somehow afford it. Even at the bus stop, people told me I should better take a cab. Not because I was too dumb to find the J bus, but because it would be too dangerous.
Sth like this is unthinkable in Germany.
A lot of germans like myself refuse to have steelbars in front of their doors and windows first, because they consider them ugly, but change their minds after the first or second situation.
After having a burglar 4 weeks ago, probably the same guy came back last Sunday night through the open window in my back while I was still awake, busy staring at the PC screen(probably reading DR1 :cheeky: ) The guy took a couple of hundred pesos out of my wallet and must have seen me then. When I noticed some noises in the kitchen and went to see what was going on, he came out with one of our best knives. Thanks to a barstool that stood there, I could keep him at a save distance until he disappeared through the window again. I leave it to your imagination, what the guy was up to and why he went to look for that knive when he saw me there, instead of just leave unnoticed. We live not in a remote area, but in the center of Sosua, right behind Rockys, on the third floor.
We have huge
windows. Need I put steelbars there to be able to keep the windows open at night, while I'm awake? Need I get a "Licence to kill" and carry a gun at all times at home?
Need I live in a place where this is necessary? Keeps me thinking, but still I'm not willing to leave.
Americans are simply more used to live with guns, steel bars and security personal.
I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone with this statement.
Let's hope you didn't expect me to elaborate on "...the rise of crime..." did you? :cheeky: