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IM-SAFE® on “Fox & Friends” (3/12/13)

IM-SAFE’s Executive Vice President Jennifer G. Lownik appeared on the March 12th Fox&Friends segment “Should lawmakers decide how you defend yourself from attack?” about an exchange between a Colorado lawmaker and a rape victim at a gun control hearing. Watch the video below:

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You Should Carry Pepper Spray

“Why? Because it works …and that’s why police officers carry it every day,” said Dennis Golden, CEO of IM-SAFE®, a Simsbury based business focused on Keeping Women And Those They Love Safe℠. Just look at what users say: “I can personally attest to the effectiveness of law enforcement level pepper spray – it is the most devastatingly effective chemical agent I have had the unfortunate opportunity to experience. Whether quelling a disturbance or jogging after work I carry it with me all the time.” “In my experience, a quality pepper spray has proven to be extremely effective against very hostile […]

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Keeping An Eye Out For Sneakers ?

In response to our recent posting on the The Dangerous Thing Women Do, Sandy Long, author and professional long haul driver sent this back to us. We wanted to share her insights. 
“Because I travel to many locations, some of which can be questionable, I am often asked is “how do you know your are in a ‘bad’ neighborhood?” 
 First it’s important to remember that criminal activity can happen anywhere. Some things to watch for are: protective gates on doors or windows, empty buildings and gang graffiti. When you combine that with people just standing around, chances are you […]

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The Dangerous Thing Women Do

Depending on location, time of day or the time of year, the outcome of your actions can be life threatening. This is not something that may happen to you.  This is something that will happen to you and to everyone you love.   Fortunately, a bit of planning and preparation can dramatically change the outcome of your unplanned adventure. How many times have you seen a family member jump in a car and leave the house with little or no money, no coat or cell phone?  How many times have you seen a member of your family “ just run out […]

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Keeping Your Home Safe When You’re On Vacation

If anything can go wrong, it usually happens while you are away on vacation. So here a few preventative measures that can keep your home safe while on vacation: Short of fire, nothing causes more damage to the inside of a property than leaking water. It is estimated that 65% of property damage is caused by water leaking from failing pipes, hoses, plumbing fixtures and appliances. Before you leave, turn off the water supply to items like washing machines, bathrooms and more. Ask a friend or relative to check your house while you are away. Give them a key so […]

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Police Still Laughing At This One

One of our women’s self defense students recently sent this story to us. It’s a fun read and great lesson. Hi Dennis and Jen –  I was home alone the other day catching up on a few things and heard  the back door near my kitchen open and then close. Thinking it was a gust of wind, I turned and looked.   We live in an old New England farmhouse that is surrounded by fields and forest so I shocked to see a total stranger standing in my kitchen. My first reaction was a polite, “Can I help you?”   The rather large […]

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Pirates of the Interstate… Driving Safety Tips

We recently met author Sandy Long who sent along some safety tips as seen through the eyes of a professional interstate truck driver. While you may not be driving an 18 wheeler, highlights from her article Pirates of the Interstate provide valuable safety insights to anyone who travels our nation’s highways. Hi Dennis and Jen: “It might surprise you to know that in the last year a ring of interstate pirates have been hijacking truckers along the PA Pike. They were taking everything from Clorox to shoes. And it’s not just happening in PA. Hijacking is spreading across the country. […]

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Women Regaining Confidence

Dear IM-Safe.  My name is Sarah and I am a domestic violence survivor.  I’ve been out of my abusive relationship for 3 years now and actively involved in a number of victim support programs.  My question is, why do I still feel like a victim? I feel like I’m still somehow living in the shadows of my past.  What can I do to move past this once and for all?  I know I will always have the memories but how do victims get our confidence back? Sarah – Congratulations for leaving your unfortunate situation and furthermore making it your mission […]

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Personal Safety Tips For Senior Women

While the greatest numbers of assaults are committed against women ages 16 to 55, elderly women make a serious mistake if they believe they are immune from sexual assault. Magnets for Bad Guys It is part of human nature to prefer predictable routines. Unfortunately for elderly women living alone, predictable routines are a roadmap to danger as they can be easily spotted by a criminal. The daily noon exercise classes, the regular trip to the bank or the weekly night out to the play cards with friends are exactly the kinds of triggers a predator looks for while seeking out victims. Breaking the Cycle To be safe […]

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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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