Thanks to Lt. David Swords for passing along these things to do in emergency situations. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you. Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will.
This has saved lives.
4. Some people have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit – doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE!
If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF,
DO NOT DRIVE OFF!
Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you.
If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes
bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A. Be aware:
Look around you, look into your car at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
B. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Many killers and rapists attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard or police officer to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you – a running target – 4 in 100 times; and even then it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. So RUN! Preferably in a zig-zag pattern!
8. Some people are sympathetic to strangers.
It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked for help into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point:
Someone heard a crying baby on her porch so she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. Criminals have often used ploys such as a baby crying, pretending to be injured in automobile accidents, sounds of hurt animals, etc., to lure their victims outside.
Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door. You never know what, or who, is on the other side. Call the police! They’ll have a unit on the way ASAP.
*When I was fact checking the information for this blog I ran across a Snopes article that debunked the serial killer/baby crying thing. I accidentally posted the Snopes article instead of the information we’d intended (I put this together last night at 2am). I’ve made the change above. However, criminals have been known to use all sorts of tricks to lure people outside their homes. Please be safe and smart. Always know who, or what is outside your door before you open it.
10. Water scam!
If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! Criminals may have turned on all your outside taps so that you will go out to investigate. The moment you go outside they attack. Call the police and ask them to check the area for you.
Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!
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– The winner of Terry Odell’s contest was Frances from Pensacola. I certainly hope you enjoy your prize – a shiny new copy of Police Procedure and Investigation. Thanks to Terry for hosting the contest.
– I’ll be presenting several workshops at Killer Nashville on August 14-16. My friend J.A. Jance is this year’s guest of honor. I hope to see you there. It’s going to be a hoot!