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Safety On The Streets pg.16, #13
Carry 10-15 one dollar bills in an easily accessible pocket. Then if someone tries to rob you, you can throw the “chump change” several feet away. The robber will scramble after it giving you time to escape.

Safety In Your Car Practice safe parking habits pg.21, #3,6/pg.23#2
Put an “out of gas … be back soon” note on the windshield.

Before approaching your car, quickly scan the area beneath your car and nearby vehicles. Attackers have been known to slash a victim’s ankles and pull him or her to the ground.

In the event of a minor accident, stop only in a well-lit area. Carjackers often provoke such “accidents” just to get a victim to stop. Do NOT stop on a deserted, dark street. If necessary drive to a well-lit area.

Home Safe Home pg.29, #17,18
Consider a second line or a cell phone in your bedroom. That’s because burglars often remove a telephone from the receiver when they enter a home. Of course, an alarm system activated while you are sleeping will prevent a burglar from getting this far. Newer alarms have cellular options, a safeguard even if the phone lines are cut.

If you live in a high crime area where law enforcement takes a while to respond, and if someone is trying to break into your house while you are in it, calling the fire department will sometimes get help to the scene quicker. This is illegal, however, so do it only if you are desperate.

Vacation/Business Traveler Safety pg.38 #15/pg.40 #7
Be suspicious of a call from the hotel desk just after checking in requesting verification of your credit card number “because the imprint was unreadable.” A thief may have watched you enter the hotel room and called from the guest phone in the lobby.

Don’t take your eyes off your belongings while they are going through security check points. This is a prime location for distraction thieves to steal laptops, pocketbooks, and briefcases. Once you put your belongings on the moveable belt, one thief distracts you from immediately going through the metal detector by either dropping a handful of change, causing a scene, clipping a metal object to the back of your coat that will cause a delay, or saying “hey, don’t I know you?”–anything to keep you from going through the metal detector for 30 seconds while the accomplice walks through clean and picks up your belongings. If you become distracted for an instance your valuables are gone!

Don’t let anyone help you with your airport locker. Someone might insert quarters for you to appear helpful but then give you a different key without your knowledge.

Telephone Security pg.45 #11
Protect your calling card number. When punching in that number, be wary of everyone in the area. Sometimes the guy standing at the phone next to you is talking to his accompliceand telling him your number. In an airport thieves could be videotaping a “going away” couple right behind you as you punch in your digits. The best one is when a thief stands on the second level of an open area, such as in an airport, and watches you with binoculars.

What To Do If Attacked By A Rapist pg.12 #3,4
If he won’t let you go, gouge his eyes out! Fight as hard and as determinedly as you would if he was a stranger. By assaulting you, he has crossed the line, and now he is a stranger. Remember: You are worth fighting for!

If all else fails, you can always let him kiss you, then bite down on his lip till your teeth meet!

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TV and radio topics excerpted from The Safety Minute

Safety in the Streets

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What do I do if I’m being followed?
  • How do I defend myself against a gun or a knife?
  • What do I do if I find myself in the middle of a robbery?
  • How should a woman hold her purse?
  • What do I do if I’m confronted by a “wolf-pack” of teenagers?

Car Jacking

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What do I do if I’m being followed?
  • What do I do if someone is flagging me over because of car trouble?
  • What is the safest route in a parking garage?
  • What do I do if someone waves a gun at me while I’m driving?
  • What do I do if someone kidnaps me and take me for a ride?
  • What do I do when I’m pulled over by someone that “appears” to be the police?

Child Abductions

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What are the different lures abductors use?
  • How do I teach my children about abductions and abuse?

Violence on Television

  • How is it affecting our children?
  • How is it affecting our culture?
  • What can parents do about it?

Kids and Crime

  • Why are our teenagers more violent now than in the history of our country?
  • What can we do about it?

Telephone Privacy

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What are the clues to look for if someone is casing my home?
  • What methods are used to tap my phone and how do I counteract?
  • What are the most common phone fraud scams? E.g. travel, investment, winnings.
  • What kind of privacy/security is there on a cellular phone?
  • Why is calling card fraud beating out check fraud? What are the 6 calling card scams?

Travel Trauma

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What do I have to do to secure my home while away?
  • Hotel Security
  • What are the 6 most common scams robbers and rapists use on hotel patrons?
  • Airport Security
  • What are the 10 scams robbers use to steal luggage and laptops?
  • What do I do if the plane I’m in is hijacked?

Rape

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What is the real definition of rape?
  • What is date rape?
  • What is acquaintance rape?
  • What is stranger rape?
  • What do I do if I’m attacked?

Workplace Violence

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • Why is there violence in the workplace?
  • What can be done to predict and prevent it?

Violence in Public Places

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • Why is there violence in public places?
  • What can be done to predict and prevent it?

Distraction Theft

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What are the different types of distraction techniques?
  • In what situations should I be aware of distraction thefts?
  • How do I prevent being victimized?

Consumer Fraud

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What are some of the different types of fraud?
  • How do I prevent being victimized?

Mace, Pepper Spray, Alarms, Stunners, Guns and Knives

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • How do all these products work?
  • How do I know what is the best product to carry?
  • Why are guns and knives the worst products for self-protection?
  • Where do people get them?

Home Invasions

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What do I do if I walk in on an intruder in my home?
  • What do I do if someone tries to break in while I’m home?
  • What do I do if I’m awakened by an intruder?
  • How do I know if delivery and service people are legit?

Self-Defense

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What are the best techniques to use?
  • Can anyone, any size, any condition protect themselves physically?
  • What is the best self-defense course?
  • What if there is more than one attacker?
  • How does a person keep from freezing in an assault?
  • What do I do if the attacker is 300-350 pounds?

Holiday/Seasonal Related

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What is the worst time of the year for crime?
  • The biggest shopping day of the year-the day after Thanksgiving. Shopping security!
  • Christmas shopping security. What to do?
  • Holiday travel safety.
  • What is the best gift of safety for Valentines Day, Mother’s, Father’s, Christmas, and Birthdays?
  • Keep your kids safe on Halloween.
  • Credit card security.

Credit Card Security

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • How does someone get my card number?
  • What are the consequences if my card is stolen?

Subway Security

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • What do I do when someone is paying unwanted attention to me?
  • How do I stay safe in a cab?

Gang Bangers

  • What do I have to know to be safe?
  • How do we educate these kids?
  • Why are their gangs?

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