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A Five-Point Plan of Self-Protection against Crime

DR.PASHA | April 21, 2005 | Section: Articles | 1566 reads

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Allahummah-Faznee, Ya Hafeezu!

Allahumma A-jirnee, Ya Mujeeru!

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Allahumma A-‘innee wa La Tu-‘in ‘Alaiyya!

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Wa Sallallahu Alan-Nabiyyi,
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(2) Government.

Governments are instituted to serve and protect the people who put them in place. They derive their legitimacy and their authority over the lives, liberty and property of people based on that premise. That means the first and the most important part of any government’s role and responsibility anywhere is to ensure collective peace and individual safety for the people who elected it.

But there may be times when, for whatever reason, it may not be easy or possible for a certain government to do its duty to the fullest extent in this most important respect of its mandate. Or do it properly, effectively and to the people’s satisfaction.

In that case, it is the right as well as the duty of the citizens of a free and civilized society to do everything lawful, legitimate and peaceful to remind and persuade their respective governments to rise to the demands of their duty with utmost dispatch and efficiency.

It is clear that we should avoid politicizing the question of crime. In my view, safety from crime comes under the broad rubric of being a basic human right – like food, water, healthcare, education and such. Therefore, we should all treat it as such and work together to protect our people and reduce the incidence of crime in our society regardless of race, religion, social status or politics.

In civilized and free democracies of the world there are a number of ways of accomplishing this goal, and they include the following:

a.  Letters and petitions to the government at different levels from the ministers on down;

b.  Special letters and petitions to specific officials in the government;

c.  Letters and comments in newspapers and over radio and television addressing these issues;

d.  Personal representations to ministers and officials by individuals as well by delegations and groups;

e.  Paid advertisements in newspapers, radio and television;

f.   Organizing community education programs on raising awareness and providing information on how to approach the government on the question of crime;

g. Other similar peaceful, legal and civilized options and alternatives that are allowed a free citizenry everywhere;

h.  The final instrument of persuasion the citizens of a free society have available to them when asking their governments to stop crime is the ballot box. If nothing else works, we must make crime an election issue.

We must put governments of the day everywhere on notice that come election day, our votes belong to those who can ensure the safety of our lives, loved ones, property, streets, homes and workplaces – and that we have no intention of becoming a crime statistic.

(3) Media.

Human beings have a basic need to know. Information, therefore, is a key component, resource and requirement of human life. And the quality of human life is often correlated with the quality and quantity of information people have available to them in a society or community.

Therefore, in a very important sense, as human beings, we are what we know. And what we know is often a function of the information that is made available to us by the various institutions and agencies in society or what we are able to research and dig out using our own resources and skills.

In today’s world, the media of mass communication, with the information and images they provide, have a powerful role in influencing our mind and shaping the way we live. From that point of view, they also have an obligation to pull their weight in making our communities, neighborhoods and societies safe places for us to live, raise families and work and play.

Besides, crime is news, which means there is money in it for the media. But the way to make money out of crime in a community should not be limited to its mere coverage, but also should include analyzing and attacking its causes and consequences for individuals, communities and the entire society. It should include using the journalistic and professional tools available to the media to put pressure on the governments of the day to make crime control a top political and government priority.

The media in free societies, in the tradition of some of the best organizations of the past, must make crime fighting in their own respective communities and societies a top journalistic and professional preoccupation, and not be content with just reporting crime news.

And here is some of what the consumers of the media – members of the public – can do to persuade the producers of the media – newspapers, radio, television, magazines – to fulfill their duties to stem the tide of crime in our societies and communities:

a. Writing letters to the editor for publication;

b.  Writing comments and opinions to the media;

c.  Writing letters, emailing and telephoning the media to voice citizen concerns about the worsening crime situation in society;

d.  Persuading the media to make crime a priority item in their commentary, opinion pieces, columns and editorials;

e.  Persuading the media to make free space and time available for public service announcements (PSAs) for crime fighting efforts, activities and messages;

f.   And other similar things.

(4) Communities & Neighborhoods.




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