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ThoughtsonCrime

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 1 month ago

Here in the US we have different thoughts on crime than we did while we were travelling in Africa.

 

In Africa, like in much of the developing world, people had to protect their stuff in elaborate ways. Big tall walls around houses is the norm if you have anything that is much better than your neighbors have. On top of the walls is broken glass, razor wire and electric fences. Closing the wall is a locked gate, which is unlocked by 24 hour a day guards. You have to protect your stuff. Even if you don't feel like you have much stuff, other people will percieve you to have stuff, so you have to protect it. Inside the house you have an alarm that will sound to bring on the ninjas. Your rooms and sections of the house are secured as safe areas.

 

Back home, many people here leave their doors unlocked, cars and houses. Lots of people leave stuff in their yards that would be gone very quickly in Malawi or South Africa. There certainly isn't much of a need for the 10 foot brick walls topped with razor wire and electric fence. Not too many people have gates, and those who do open them electronically. Maybe this is a function of population density, maybe it is because of the vast distance economically between the top and bottom of the society.

 

It seems that we do fear for our physical safety when we go to the city. But even there, keeping your stuff tucked away, and not going to the diciest of neighborhoods at night will keep you in good shape.

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