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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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Self Defense – Size Doesn’t Matter

A male attacker has just approached you. He looks like he just stepped out of leading role in a gangster movie. He is 6”1’ weighs 300 lbs.  Most women and quite a few men would think, “ How could I ever win against this guy?” Now envision another scene. Imagine that same guy grabbing and trying to hold on to a live squirrel.  I don’t know about you but I will put my bet that the 2lb rodent will win every time. What makes one of the cutest animals on the planet such a worthy opponent against an attacker outweighing […]

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Getting Real About Women

Women’s Personal Safety — It’s Not All About Physical Force Thank you for visiting our BLOG. At IM-SAFE℠ we are dedicated to a single mission — Keeping Women And Those They Love Safe℠. Our mission is empowering women in all walks of life and giving them the tools needed to stand up to any type of attack be it physical or emotional. We firmly believe women, regardless of size, possess a wealth of natural strengths that are often untapped. We are going to talk about how to harness the power of women’s intuition, wit, and deception as self defense tools. […]

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Workplace Violence CAN Be Avoided

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) each year two million Americans are victims of workplace violence. The vast majority are women who suffer the greatest effects from the physical and emotional pain. Government projections suggest less than half all incidents are reported. While the media tends to report on the most the most spectacular events Human Resource Departments know what “going postal” means and routinely post hot lists of individuals who have been identified as capable of committing violent acts in the workplace. Corporate guidelines typically suggest ways to report potentially violent individuals some even offer a […]

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How To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Protect your Social Security Number: Memorize your personal number and don’t ever carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Keep it in a safe place at home or safety deposit box. Do not give out your social security number unless there is a privacy notice accompanying the request. Shred All Personal Documents: Use a diamond or cross-cut shredder to shred anything you discard that may contain personal or financial information. This includes financial records, bank statements, pre-approved credit offers from the mail, and credit card receipts. Treat Your Mail With Care: Stolen mail is the easiest way to get personal information.  Keep […]

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