When a lion hunts, it will attack the limping gazelle before it considers the healthy one at the front of the herd.

   The same is true for criminals.

   “It’s all about opportunity, the opportunities that you give them,” said Ripon Police officer Bret Henning, who gave a talk on personal safety to an audience of women at Trinity Evangelical Free Church.

   Henning noted the basics of personal safety is being aware of one’s surroundings.

   “When you walk somewhere, being aware of what’s going on around you,” he said, noting people shouldn’t walk with their heads down. “I try and teach my kids this when they’re crossing the street. I try and teach my wife this while she is walking through the store looking at her phone.”

   He explained being alert can eliminate vulnerabilities that criminals can take advantage of and pointed to a video he watched last week in which a girl was about to walk into her house when a man came up behind her, put her in a chokehold and stole her phone.

   Henning explained the man was able to do that because the girl was distracted; she was looking down at her cellphone and not paying attention.

Read the full story in the Nov. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.