'DATELINE' PUTS AMERICANS' VIGILANCE TO THE TEST IN THE HIDDEN CAMERA INVESTIGATION, 'WILD BILL: BREAKING AND ENTERING,' WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 AT 7PM
NEW YORK � March 6, 2007 � As the nation continues to hear the horror stories of children being abducted, homes being invaded, and alerts to be aware of, "Dateline" has put Americans' vigilance to the test with the help of "Today's" security consultant, Bill Stanton. Time and again, we are told to be on alert and look out for our neighbors, but how often do we really speak up if we see something suspicious taking place? Stanton believes Americans are in more danger and more vulnerable than they need to be because, according to Stanton, "people go through life with blinders on." He says we can all be a little safer if some simple rules are followed.
In the hour-long hidden camera investigation, "Wild Bill: Breaking and Entering," reported by Rob Stafford and airing on Wednesday, March 7 (7:00 PM/ET), Stanton goes on a pseudo crime spree in an effort to make viewers safer and smarter when it comes to the workings of a criminal mind. In broad daylight, he attempts to steal a car, break into a home, and then a hotel room and -- in one of the most jaw-dropping moments -- with the permission of their parents, he tries to lure unsuspecting children playing at the park to his car. The broadcast also takes a look a look at what you can do to protect yourself if you witness a crime in progress.
On www.dateline.msnbc.com viewers can find resources and tips for keeping kids safe and staying secure in hotels. In addition, Stanton will respond to viewer comments live after the show on the blog, "Inside Dateline."
David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."