After a brief trip to Paris, I’m back at my cousin’s place in Brussels. He lives in a neighborhood with a few sketchy stories — including the al-Qaeda terror cell that was busted almost literally down the street from him.
Of course, it’s not necessarily dangerous where I’m staying. If anything, I’d be the victim of a property crime, like the four students who had their computers stolen from their flat in London on my study abroad trip.
Anecdote: Within the last year, my cousin was driving in his neighborhood and saw a car accident directly in front of him. A man was making a left turn when another man clearly ran a red light and slammed into him, totaling the red light runner’s car. My cousin, in good faith, decided to be a witness to the crime to make sure the red-light runner didn’t get away with it — and my cousin ignored the warning he had been given a while earlier: don’t get involved, even as a witness for a traffic accident.
A man near the scene stopped my cousin from giving his name and told him that the car crash was intentional — maybe they were trying to kill the guy, or just send a message. So my cousin left the scene and avoided being a witness, which would have required him to give his home address. Reminded me of a scene in Analyze This.