Speaking of safety, Lovehadley's post reminded me of something...
She said that she was given this advice by a police detective:
"if someone threatens you, believe them;
take their threats at face value;
don't analyze or think about what YOU would do if you were them;
BELIEVE THEM and protect yourself accordingly."
It reminded me of something that happened back in about the mid-1970's.
A friend of mine from work bought a house from the City of Dallas for $1 (the program was an attempt to reclaim some troubled neighborhoods), with the stipulation that she fix it up.
One night, she awoke to see a man silhouetted in her picture window by the light of the (thank goodness) full moon.
She screeched & he ran off & she called the police...
who told her that she should be careful, but they couldn't find evidence of a crime & they doubted that they'd ever find out who it was.
They advised her to go to one of the neighborhood "storefront" police stations & get some help to make things more secure.
She went the very next day...
& was offered the loan of an etching pen to put her driver's license on her valuables.
to which she replied,
"Well, I guess I'd better put my driver's license on my @$$, because that's what that guy was after."
Be careful, be alert, & be suspicious, ladies (but don't try to etch your driver's license number on your hinies).