Back when I was growing up, it used to get a LOT colder during the winter, and thus my mother would go out and start the car and let it warm up for 10-15 minutes. I asked her why no-one stole the car during the winter. Her response - thieves don't steal cars during the winter. For years I was convinced that car thieves took the winter off.
that when a police officer was arresting a criminal and read them their rights, when they said anything can and will be used against you.. I thought that if you said crabs or alligators or spiders... they could use them to torture you on the witness stand.
I used to believe that if robbers came into the house they wouldn't hurt me if they thought I was asleep. So I tried to look asleep even when I wasn't.
When I was about 4 I would worry about robbers breaking into our house, but only till midnight. Because after midnight the witches would come out and no robber would be out when the witches were out.
I used to want to be a con artist,I thought you could actually go to college to be one,and whenever someone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up,I replied "A con artist."
My Granny once told me that if I was scared of robbers coming in at night to sleep with a knife under my pillow.
So every night I made sure my trusty butter knife was under the pillow. I thought it was a superstition thing that worked. When I grew up I noticed Granny slept with a sharp knife under HER pillow.
i used to hear people say "that guy looks familiar" and i thought they said "for Miliar", thinking there was a guy named Miliar that was on the run and certain people were hired to look for him. so these people would be looking for a guy named Miliar. i was very young.
When I first started coming home from school to an empty house, I would open the door and yell 'if anyone is in here, my eyes are closed, run out quick and I won't see you' because naturally, if a burglar thought I'd seen him, he'd kill me.
for some strange reason, I used to believe that criminals always ate prawns. And when my grandad got his car stolen and it was dumped at tescos i thought the robbers had stoped to buy prawns
I believe my mother once told me that you had to go to a special school to learn how to be a criminal. I imagined all these kids sitting in desks learning how to rob and kill people. I also imagined they'd get homework assignments like, "Go kill someone."
I used to believe that the term "being mugged" meant someone beat someone else with a coffee mug.
I remember reports of housefires on tv catching my ear. They often said that "arson" was suspected. I couldn't figure out why they couldn't catch this guy. They already knew his name...
I believed that I could make myself small enough and still enough that a robber would not tell the difference between me and my stuffed animals.
I thought a "cat burglar" was either a burglar who stole cats, or some kind of evil cat that burgled....wasn't quite sure if I could believe my mom when she told me what it actually meant.
when i was about 3or4 iwas very much afraid of burglars especially as i had to spend a few hours a day home alone.the only thing that really reassured me was this:i used to believe that if any burglar would break into our home i only had to break the tv set and i would get to the people in the tv who were of course going to protect me
My sister and I heard the phrase kerb-crawler on television and logically assumed it to mean someone who drove slowly and close to the kerb, like an old granny (it never occured to us for what reason they were doing that). We were somewhat confused when our mum told us off for shouting it out the car window at some man who was driving really slowly, and oddly enough she refused to tell us what it actually meant
I used to believe arson was a really bad person. It must have come from hearing reports such as, "The police belive arson was responsible for the fire."
My sister used to have two piggy banks.
One was where she kept her allowance money, which was well hidden. The other was filled with 5 pennies and left on her nightstand as a decoy for would-be burgulars!
I used to think that the crime scene was the same place for all crimes. I always wondered why people would keep going back to it.
when i was little i used it think if something bad happened... like a murder or bankrobbery... that it was me sleep walking and i just didnt remember it, and that they would catch me sooner or later... i got very nervous when the phone would ring thinking the cops were questioning my mother about where i was that night n stuff....
now that i think about it i was a very paranoid child :-P