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for: ‘December, 2010’

Tapping Into Every Predator’s Fear

Did you ever wonder why criminals commit crimes?  The answer is quite simple — they think they can get away with it. It’s not the punishment that concerns a criminal; it is the certainty of getting caught. Here is an example.  Not long ago I  made the “mistake” of honking my horn at someone who cut me off in traffic.  It was a short honk. What followed was eye opening. He pulled in front of me and slammed on his brakes. He then began swerving violently and yelling out his window.   I guess he wanted to punish me for having the […]

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Avoiding Your New Best Friend?

If you live in a city, the prospect of being approached by a street person or panhandler is not an unknown event. But did you know that one of the most successful techniques for muggers and pickpockets is to get close to you and then turn the tables once they have your trust? The best approach is not to be approached at all. You can do this if you are aware of your surroundings. In much the same way as you should drive defensively, you should use the same technique whenever you are walking along the street. For a moment […]

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15 Safety Tips To Consider While Traveling

1. Never list your home address on the luggage tag. Use a business phone number. 2. Stay with your luggage until checked. If you must put your bag down, keep one foot on the handle. 3. Carry important papers with you. NEVER check anything that you simply cannot afford to lose. This includes your passport, driver’s license, credit cards and prescription drugs. Make sure prescription medicines are filled properly and labeled accurately. 4. Bring a flashlight. You never know when you’ll suddenly be “in the dark” and find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings. At night, keep your flashlight by your bed. […]

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Ever Feel Like You Are Unprepared?

If so you are not alone. So here are a few ideas from just one of our IM-SAFE℠ women’s personal safety workshops. Prepare: At the beginning of this workshop we distribute a form that asks women what they would do in 10 different situations ranging from an assault on their person to a home invasion. The choices are (a) I know what to do (b) I don’t know what to do (c) I am unsure.  Almost without exception all 10 questions are answered (c) I am unsure.  At the end of the 90 minute workshop attendees answer the same questions […]

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Domestic Violence Impacts Employers

The Better Business Bureau reports “96% of employed domestic violence victims experience problems at work related to the abuse.” While employers tend to focus on productivity concerns, most are not aware of the dramatic impact domestic violence has on their work environment. Recent studies reveal 75% of abusers have access to their victim’s workplace. It is often the one place an abuser knows he can find his victim. Incidents at work may result in heated conversations, vandalism, and destruction of property, assault, or even death. A recent study revealed that approximately 1 in 5 working adults are victims of domestic […]

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