From the May 2004 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

May 1, 2004

A Perceived Threat

A nationwide survey of more than 300 people conducted by Impulse Research of Los Angeles in 2001 found that families feel that home invasion, child abduction, carjacking, and stalking represent considerable threats. The survey found that 62% worry that their child may be abducted, 58% are concerned about carjacking, and 46% fear that they may be stalked. In addition to the emotional issues, 78% of those surveyed said the expenses associated with being a victim of one of these crimes could seriously affect their finances. Some other highlights of the survey:

o 66% are not confident about their children's safety

o 40% don't feel safe when staying in a hotel room

o 36% have been stalked themselves or know someone who has been stalked

o 30% of respondents lock the doors of their homes only at night

o 74% of females drive with their windows up and doors locked at all times for fear of carjacking

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