Question: But aren't you giving criminals ideas?
Answer: All these demonstrations are being done in an effort to make you safer and smarter if you cross paths with a criminal. Wild Bill is not showing you everything he knows... and he's not giving criminals any new ideas. Where do you think Wild Bill got some of these ideas in the first place?
Stone Phillips: One question people may have is whether some of these scenarios that we've seen tonight are just so over-the-top that it's not really a legitimate test of how witnesses would react?
Bill Stanton: Well, to answer your question, no it wasn't over-the-top. Crimes comes in all shapes and sizes and they happen in front of a lot of people in broad daylight. Crime doesn't punch a clock. The bad guy will take it if he or she sees an opportunity.
Phillips: Time and again we saw witnesses observe you doing something behaving suspiciously and they did nothing. If we see something, what should we do?
Stanton: Be a conduit. Observe. Take a description. Take a license plate. Get on the phone to 911 and take action that way.
Phillips: Okay, what about protecting our property? What about our cars, what can we do?
Stanton: Layers – the same in the winter time holds true for security. Have a wheel lock. Put a car alarm. Park in a well lit area with high pedestrian traffic. Hopefully the bad guy will pass that by and take an easier mark.
Phillips: And what about our homes?
Stanton: Same thing with the home. But make sure you lock that second story window. Everybody locks their front door, keeps their first floor windows shut. Bad guys have ladders today.
Phillips: One of the most disturbing things we saw tonight was is how easy it is for someone to lure our children away. What's your best tip for parents?
Stanton: Common sense will rule the day. Role-play with your child. Do different scenarios. The advice we were given by our grandparents back when we were kids still holds true today. Don't listen to strangers. And literally take them through that -- walk them through and do "what if" scenarios. "If someone came up to, would you do this?" And explain to it to them. Be prepared, not paranoid.
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