midday. Uh, let me think, it was about midday. I walked along to the bank, uh, found that there weren't too many people in there, which was pretty unusual. I went up to the desk and started to talk to the bank clerk. I thought he was staring over shoulder, my shoulder, so I turned to see what he was looking at. At that moment the bank guard came flying through the door and lay face down on the floor and following him through the door were three masked men. They were carrying guns. Whether or not they said anything I can't remember to this day; I've no idea whether people just automatically can't put their hands up. Certainly I put my hands up. For a few moments there was total silence, suddenly broken by the telephone ringing. Nobody went to answer the telephone. Then two of the masked men went to the counter. They had sacks with them and got the cashiers and the bank clerks to start filling them with cash. Anyway while the two were getting the money, the one at the door started swearing at them, telling them to hurry up, to get a move on. They jumped back over the counter and left through the door, disappeared. People put their hands down. Then one of the people who worked in the bank pressed a button behind the counter. After three or then four minutes, the police arrived, and then there was a good deal of confusion. I wandered out of the bank, nobody tried to stop me, the police didn't seem interested in me. Life was going on outside as normal in the busy street. In fact it was long nervous after I got home when I really began to feel nervous and felt myself trembling a little bit. What still amazes me is that the robbers went out onto the street?which street? streets? is one of the busiest streets?and they just disappeared into thin air. I find that absolutely extraordinary 不平常的,特别的,非凡的.
Dorcas 19-yearWhen Dorcas Hankin went into the hospital, her 19-year-old son Christopher stole her car and sold it for seven days of extravagant life. When the police told Dorcas her car had been stolen, she went into shock. been "I just knew Christopher had done it. He'd been threatening to do it for ages. He said the money would be his compensation for an unhappy childhood. "I knew I had to tell the police, but I couldn't face the thought of shopping my own son. It took me two days to pluck up the courage. But it was the only way to make him stop and think about what he was doing with his life. I also had to take him to court because that was the only way I could claim insurance." Christopher was given 120 hours of community service and he's now living back home at home with his mother. But why would she forgive him so readily? "Because I do feel guilty about Christopher's childhood. Christopher's dad and I split up when he was three and later I remarried. My new husband didn't like therefore, having children around; therefore, we sent the boy to a boarding school. But Christopher came home soon. By then I was divorced and he really began to manipulate
authority? me. He'd get jobs and quit after two days, saying he couldn't stand authority?then he'd expect me to give him the money to go out. "I don't earn a lot, but I just couldn't seem to say no to him because I felt the way he'd turned out was partly my fault." Christopher says: "I love my mother but I feel angry with her for staying with that man all those years. years. She should never have married someone who disliked children so much. "I suppose I've been able to manipulate her in recent years because of her guilt, but what teenager doesn't? "She lets me live with her as she can't bear to see me on the streets but somewhere to sleep is all that she'll give me."
(Two neighbors, Pam and Lynn, are discussing the trip Pam and her family will be taking.) Pam: Well, I think we are pretty well set for our vacation trip. I even spent Pam: "burglaryesterday afternoon doing the best I could to "burglar-proof 防盗" our house. Lynn: Lynn: Good for you! What all did you do? I thought I saw you out in your yard trimming the hedges around your house. "burglarPam: Pam: That's part of my "burglar-proofing". I read an article in the newspaper recently that suggested doing this. The writer pointed out that high hedges recently 树篱;障碍物 hide a house from the view of people in the street. Burglars 窃 贼,破门盗窃者 look for houses that they can enter without being seen. So I've made sure that if anyone tries to get into our house he'll be seen. Lynn: Lynn: What else did you do? Pam: I picked up the spare 备用的 key that we hid outside the house in case we locked Pam: ourselves out of the house. The police say that burglars know exactly where to look for spare keys that people think they have cleverly hidden. Lynn: Lynn: Where did you have yours? Pam: door. Pam: Under a flowerpot by the front door. It's not there now though. Lynn: Lynn: Good. Pam: Pam: I also cleared our answering machine 答录机. I've read that a full mailbox the is thought to be a sure sign that the people of the house are traveling. Some smart burglars even call before they enter a house to see if the voice mail is full. Lynn: Lynn: I hadn't thought of that. Is there any way we can help you? Pam: sometimes Pam: Yes, you can. I was going to ask you. Would you sometimes park your car in our driveway? That way it will seem as though we are home.
Lynn: Lynn: Sure. We'll be glad to do that. We'll have lights on so it'll be obvious that we are home. Pam: Pam: Oh yes! If you see a light in our kitchen for a few hours at night, it's because it's we have it on a timer 上一个计时器. Can you think of anything else that I haven't mentioned? Lynn: Lynn: I certainly can! Be sure to lock the door when you leave. A recent study revealed that 12% of burglaries occur through an unlocked door! Pam: laughs Pam: (She laughs.) OK, we'll be sure to do that.
"self self? People often assume that "self?defense 自卫" means fighting back. It doesn't. selfIf the worst should ever happen then follow these self-defense tips. anticipation Do as much as you can to avoid a confrontation 对抗?"anticipation and avoidance 预测和避免" are the key words. If you get caught up in a situation, try to talk to an aggressor without provoking them. Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or important stressed can actually provoke an attack. Remember that body language is important in aggressive situations, so maintain 维持 a comfortable distance between you and the aggressor. Use a gas or electronic attack alarm, as these give out a short piercing sound and will confuse 使困惑,把…弄糊涂;混淆;混乱,搞乱 an attacker for a while, giving you enough time to escape. Keep them handy and don't leave them buried 掩藏 at the bottom of your bag. If you don't have an alarm, just make a noise yourself by screaming police"? as loud as you can, or shouting "call the police"?if you're loud enough this can effective be just as effective as a personal alarm. Steady yourself if danger threatens. Panic can disable you, so again it's situation. useful to learn how to keep control in a difficult situation. You have the right using to defend yourself with reasonable 合理的 force and this includes using items you have with you such as an umbrella, bag, briefcase or keys. However, don't carry or use anything that the law would regard as an offensive weapon 进攻性武器. Once you've can. achieved your primary aim of surprising your attacker, get away as fast as you can. If you manage to overcome them, don't attack again, you could be putting yourself in more danger or you could end up being charged with assault. selfThese are just the very basics of self-defense. Just remember "anticipation best defense. and avoidance" are the best forms of defense.
In many cities throughout the United States, Neighborhood Watch groups have been formed. Some of these groups have been quite successful in helping to prevent crimes in their neighborhoods.
successful Des Moines, Iowa, has had a successful Neighborhood Watch program for a number of years. The residents of many "watch" areas have signs posted, warning anyone intending to commit a robbery in that area that there are people there watching each program other's homes. A success of the Watch program was reported in the August 17, 2005 edition of the Des Moines Register. It reported the incident as follows: A Neighborhood Watch sign is posted across the street from Terry Timmins' house in Des Moines. The warning did not deter a burglar who broke in the Timmins' house Monday, but what happened might make him think twice. "I looked out of my window and some of my neighbors were sitting on a man," said Tim Schulte, who lives near Timmins. "There were two neighbors on him first, and then the guy next door went over to hold the man's ankles because he was trying to kick at them." Steve Watson, a telephone company employee who was working in the area, said a neighbor first pointed out signs of trouble at the Timmins' home. The neighbor told him that the Timmins never leave their door wide open when they are at work. Just as he said this, a man came out the door with his arms loaded with things. Watson tackled the suspect and the neighbors came to help. One neighbor, a former wrestler, exactly knew exactly what to do. Another neighbor called the police. Sergeant Todd Dykstra of the police department said, "This was a fantastic effort of a neighborhood coming together to stop crime. However, we don't recommend because neighbors to take that action, because you don't know what a suspect is going to do. You don't know if they have a weapon. But of course, we do applaud it when it goes well."
Characters: Characters: Persis (an American heiress visiting London), Sir Justin O'Byrne (a (a penniless baronet), Mr. Gregory (a police detective), Bertha (a maid) A little group had assembled 聚集 at the police station. The first person Persis distinctly made out was Sir Justin. A great terror seized her. Gregory had so poisoned her mind with suspicion of everybody and everything she came across that she was afraid of her own shadow. But the next moment she saw clearly he wasn't there as prisoner, or even as witness 目击者, merely as spectator .观众,旁观者. The next person she definitely distinguished was Bertha, as calm and cool as ever. She glanced at means Gregory, who stood a little behind, looking by no means triumphant 洋洋得意的, which was unusual. The inspector started, "This is a painful case, a very painful case. We grieve 感到悲痛 to have discovered such a clue 线索,提示 against one of our own men." "I? Who Persis stood there, all dazed 恍惚. "I?I don't understand. Who on earth are you talking about?"
The inspector pointed mutely with one hand at Gregory; and then for the first time Persis saw he was guarded 看守. In a moment it all broke in upon her. When she had called in the police, the ruby had never been stolen at all. It was Gregory who stolen stole it! Now the real facts came back to her. She had taken her ruby off at night, laid it carelessly down on the dressing table, covered it accidentally 偶然地 with her it. handkerchief 手帕, and straightway forgotten all about it. Next day when Gregory came, he spied 发现 the ruby under the corner of the handkerchief and, thinking it was a safe case, quietly pocketed it before her very eyes. He felt sure nobody could accuse 指控,控告,指责 him of a robbery 抢劫(案);盗取 committed before he came, and which he had himself been called in to investigate. "The worst of it is," the inspector went on, "he had woven a very ingenious case against Sir Justin O'Byrne, whom we were on the very point of arresting 逮捕, 拘留 today if it hadn't been for this young lady." lady." Persis looked hard at Bertha. Bertha answered her look. "I'd suspected Mr. Gregory from the very beginning. My fiancé was the postman," she explained, "and jewelafter my lady said all the jewel-cutters 宝石切割机 and dealers in the world are concentrated in Amsterdam, I put him up to watch Mr. Gregory for a letter from Amsterdam. And when the letter came, we had him arrested at once."
twoAfter a long two-week criminal trial in a bank robbery case that attracted a lot of public attention, the jury .陪审团 finally ended its 14 hours of deliberations 仔细考虑;商量 and entered the courtroom to deliver its verdict 裁定;定论 to the judge. The judge turned to the jury foreman 陪审团主席 and asked, "Has the jury reached responded. a verdict in this case?" "Yes, Your Honor," the foreman responded. "Would you please (法 pass it to me?" the judge declared 宣布,声明, as he motioned for the bailiff (法 警) to retrieve 收回;挽回,补救;the verdict slip from the foreman and deliver it to him. back After the judge read the verdict himself, he delivered the slip back to his bailiff 法庭监守 to be returned to the foreman and instructed the foreman, "Please read your verdict to the court." "We find the defendant 被告 NOT GUILTY of all four counts of bank robbery," defendant stated the foreman. The family and friends of the defendant jumped for joy at the sound of the "not guilty" verdict and hugged each other as they shouted expressions of divine 神的,神授的,天赐的;极好的,极美的 gratitude. The defendant's attorney 律师 turned to his
 

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