Great Article! Now, how many readers will truly understand (and appreciate) what was said? There were several suggestions of how to avoid being or becoming a target, all of which actually work. But there is the modern day answer that many believe will help protect themselves and their families and that is BUY A GUN. Well that's a start, but without complete implementation of how and when to use a gun, leaves some back to where they started from before buying a gun. And one's mental state is all so important. How many folks who today buy a gun, are actually willing to arrange a meeting between a CROOK and God? An old saying (Practice makes perfect) comes to mind and that includes taking things like background behind a potential target, type of ammunition loaded in a weapon and general surroundings come to my mind. But being constantly prepared (and I don't mean being paranoid 24-7) is a matter of practice, training and awareness. It's really tough sometimes to teach ordinary law abiding citizens on how not to a become of victim of your own lack of understanding what's around you and your habits that invite potential victimization. Obviously, folks on this blog and other shooting or weapons related topic discussions, are AWARE and PREPARED to do that which (unfortunately) must be done to insure your safety and the safety of those around you, especially your family.