Have you ever taken a wrong turn while driving? One minute, you’re in a nice, quiet community where the streets are clean and the landscape looks like something out of a magazine. A moment or two later, homes are starting to look like sheds and grass is non-existent. Not only that, but the vibe is also different, possibly thanks to the loud music blaring from car stereos and the blank stares coming from drug dealers trying to figure out whether you’re a cop or not.
If you find yourself in a neighborhood that is known for a lot of crime, such as the Pork and Beans area in Miami Florida, then there are a few survival tips you need to know:
1. Never, and I do mean never, stop and ask for directions. If you do not live in the area, you will stick out like a sore thumb and you will become a target for the nearby criminals. Your best bet is to keep driving until you are in a better area.
2. Do not confront anyone unless you feel like someone’s life is in immediate danger. Loud music, drug transactions, and road rage do not constitute life threatening situations. However, any one of those scenarios could turn life threatening real quick if you insult someone who’s illegally carrying a gun.
3. Try not to make eye contact. For the same reason you wouldn’t look a vicious animal in the eyes, do not lock eyes with suspicious individuals; especially if there’s a group of them. It may be misinterpreted as a challenge or a sign of disrespect.
4. Do not let your window down for anyone who walks up to your car. Keep driving if you can. If not, quickly call someone you know and tell them where you are and what’s going on. At this point, it’s too early to call the police (no crime has taken place) but if someone you trust knows where you are they can always call 911 for you if for some reason you’re unable to.
5. Be sure to keep your cell phone charger in the car at all times. The last thing you need is for your battery to die in an emergency. Use the navigator on your smart phone to find where you’re going.
6. Keep pepper spray in your car at all times. Although it is most certainly no match against a gun, if used at the right time the criminal would be in too much pain to be able to use it. However, I would never recommend using the pepper spray if the gun is already pointing towards you.
Not everyone in a poorer community is a criminal. Most are actually hard working people who happen to work for lower wages. But not everyone is willing to work for a paycheck and would rather take what someone else have or sell drugs.