In the U.S, a violent crime occurs every 35 seconds. We in Maine tend to enjoy a very low crime rate, however there seem to be a very recent string of random attacks in Portland.
The Portland Press Herald is reporting today that two suspects have been arrested in a string of seemingly random violent attacks and robberies. Reports to police are that a group of three men attacked at least four different people, apparently going after targets of opportunity and seeking to rob them.
Random violence in the Portland area has been all too commonplace lately. There’s a report of someone suffering head injuries from another person playing the game “knockout”. Just last week someone threw a brick at the window of John Rowley’s RV and, when he pulled over, five men brutally beat him with bricks and boards taking his wallet and phone.
Whether random attacks are on the increase in Maine, or they just seem that way, it’s a good idea to take precautions:
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Keep your personal space, if someone you don’t know enters your personal space look to escape, or at least make more space.
- Look at people’s hands, are they holding weapons, balling them up in fists, bringing them up in a boxer position. No need to stare, just make a quick note when your around other people.
- There’s safety in numbers, if going out – be social and bring friends when you can.
- If you’re in your car and it’s struck with an object or by another car, it’s safer to pull over somewhere safe, stay in your car with it running, and call the police.
- Learn some self-defense