With the nights drawing in GMTV this morning featured an report on girls walking around at night. We started off on a street corner where a girl had been stabbed and then an (ex?) police officer stalked some girls. We watched a girl taking a short-cut along a badly lit park path and he stopped a girl who was walking along talking on her mobile and listening to music through her headphones "Were you aware of me?" he asked.
That's right girls 'Be Vigilant", be aware of your surroundings and don't cripple your senses with phones and music. I found what the entire report really emphasised was "Be afraid"; strain your senses to the utmost, what was that noise, is that man following you, is that man coming towards you about to pull a knife? Be afraid, fear everyone as they all might be out to get you, don't you know that someone was stabbed here only last week, what are you doing out here, why didn't you stay at home? What the hell are you doing walking along that path when there's a brightly lit on that serves the same purpose it's a short-cut that could leave you dead!
Sorry I'm fed-up of it. Yes don't walk along cocooned in your own little world of music, don't head off down unlit paths if you can help it (incidentally all these things apply as much to men as to women), but is there really such a need to scare anyone?
Details from Apr07-Mar08 using population of 96,981; 5,263,708; and 49,138,831 respectively the table as a percentage appears as follows:
|Type of Offence||Wyre Forest||West Midlands||England|
|Violence Against the Person||1.450%||1.831%||1.824%|
|Wounding or Other Act Endangering Life||0.013%||0.032%||0.028%|
|Harassment Including Penalty Notices for Disorder||0.203%||0.383%||0.437%|
|Theft from the Person||0.119%||0.101%||0.181%|
|Criminal Damage Including Arson||1.800%||1.806%||1.966%|
|Burglary in a Dwelling||0.387%||0.538%||0.548%|
|Burglary Other than a Dwelling||0.636%||0.631%||0.584%|
|Theft of a Motor Vehicle||0.319%||0.330%||0.326%|
|Theft from a Motor Vehicle||0.519%||0.761%||0.829%|
Everyone still afraid?