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9 Tips to Prevent Being Mugged

Muggers prowl the streets in both urban areas and suburbs looking to make the unaware or unprepared their next target. Avoid being  easy prey by observing these guidelines.

1. Dress to discourage unwanted attention from muggers. Some things that might make you a more likely target are:

  • Dressing like a tourist. If you’re obviously not a local, you’re more likely to be targeted, as tourists tend to be less aware and carry cash on them.
  • Sporting your bling. Wearing obvious, flashy jewelery or watches.
  • Carrying a large purse, laptop case, backpack or suitcase. Anything that might contain valuables makes you a you a desirable target.

2. Stick to well-lit and populated areas. Muggers don’t like witnesses so they are far less likely to target people where there are others around or they are likely to be seen.

3. Know where you are going. Muggers often prey on tourists or people who are lost. Before venturing into an unfamiliar place, map out the route you wish to take and look confident that you know where you’re going. Avoid looking scared and confused.

4. Avoid dangerous parts of town, or unfamiliar neighborhoods known to be unsafe. If possible, try not to walk through dangerous or unfamiliar parts of town where safety is questionable, especially at times of day when there are few others out. Bad neighborhoods with little foot traffic are especially risky. If you aren’t sure, talk to locals to learn what places aren’t safe. Even if you life in what’s considered a bad neighborhood, don’t assume you’ll be safe in one where you don’t live or with which you’re unfamiliar.

5. Walk with a sense of purpose. As suggested in number 3, if you are wandering aimlessly or look lost you are more likely to become a target.

6. Travel in groups. This is especially true for females. The buddy system works. Muggers are much more likely to go after individuals than groups.

7. Bike, rather than walk. A moving target is harder to hit. Riding quickly through the streets on a bike makes you far more difficult to confront than a pedestrian.

8. Stay alert for possible dangers. You can minimize the likelihood of being surprised by doing the following:

    • Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions. You become an easier target when do things like listen to music on headphones, talk on the phone, read a map or anything else that takes your attention away from your surroundings.
    • Walk as close to the middle of the sidewalk as possible, on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. This avoids the risk of someone in a car or bicycle coming unseen from behind you and grabbing you or your bag, and gives you a better angle to see in doorways or alleys and a better path to escape if attacked.

9. Take action if you sense danger or are attacked. If you believe you are being followed, head directly toward a populated area, cafe, bar or other well-attended place. Make noise or call for help. Don’t be afraid to draw attention to yourself. If you are overpowered or cannot escape, handing over money or a wallet may save you from serious harm.

Here are a few additional strategies to consider in a mugging situation. Don’t be tricked into being too nice, especially if you’re from out of town. For example, asking for the time is a classic trick used by muggers to distract victims and locate valuables. Looking down or putting a hand in a pocket leaves you vulnerable to attack. You can check the time, but keep an eye on the person who asked you.

Also, if you frequent high risk areas  or live in one, consider making a “mugger’s wallet”. Muggers wallets are simply wallets with several fake credit cards and a few bills of real money. If you are attacked, handing this wallet over to the mugger may satisfy him and give you a better chance to escape.

Finally, when you travel, divide your money, passport, other identification and credit cards among a variety of locations (e.g., a wallet, a money belt, and a suitcase). This way, if you lose one of these things, you will not be completely stuck without ID or money.

If you employ some defensive tactics when out and about, you can prevent the trauma of being mugged.

 

(Much of the content from this article was derived from an article of the same subject on WikiHow. Check with your local law enforcement agency for additional tips on preventing mugging and similar crimes.)

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Ways To Stop Sexual Abuse

There are ways to stop sexual abuse, as well as ways to prevent sexual abuse. If you watch certain news magazine shows (like Dateline’s To Catch a Predator), and certain day-time talk shows, you will have a warped view of the current picture of sexual abuse in this nation. Most children who are sexually abused are not attacked by strangers, or by strange men on the Internet, or the creepy guy at the park. Fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, community leaders, cousins, siblings, stepsiblings, and church officials are more likely to be the culprits when it comes to sexual abuse. But you are not helpless to stop them.

The first way to stop sexual abuse is to be vigilant. If your child began exhibiting classic signs of sexual abuse-odd or unaccounted for injuries, ripped clothing or underwear, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, hyper-sexuality, withdrawal-then you should investigate immediately. The second way to stop sexual abuse is to listen to your children and remove them from a dangerous situation. The third way to stop sexual abuse is to provide a safe environment for children who are in danger can go to. Children will not tell anybody what is happening to them unless they can find an adult they can trust completely. One who will believe them. One who will not blame the child for the situation.

Another way to stop sexual abuse is through education. This article is a good start, but it simply cannot give you all the information you need about signs and symptoms of sexual abuse. It also cannot provide an in depth look at the people who are typically predators. For example, most cases of sexual abuse or perpetuated by men, and most of those are men the child knows. However, men are not the only people who are capable of sexual abuse, or who are found guilty of sexual abuse. Women can sexually abuse boys and girls, and that is often a crime that is overlooked or ignored.

Another way to stop sexual abuse isn’t just to educate yourself, but to educate your children as well. Teach your children what are appropriate and inappropriate ways of touching. Also, educate your children about trusted adults in the community who they can seek out for help, if their parents are not available.

The biggest and best way to stop sexual abuse is to talk about it. Predators thrive on silence. Predators will not survive without silence. Do not let the predators have the silence they need to manipulate, groom, and rape children.

From: SafeKidsMO.org

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Tuesday’s Legal Tidbit–10 Tips to Prevent Robbery While Holiday Shopping

Question: How can I prevent myself from being robbed while shopping this Holiday Season?

Answer: Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few preventive measures can help keep your holiday season joyous.
The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes.  The following ten tips can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.
1)      Do not leave wallets, purses, MP3 players, laptops, and other valuables in plain-sight when you leave your vehicle.  Always lock those items in the trunk of your vehicle.

2)      Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

3)      Dress casually and comfortably.

4)      Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

5)      Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Always have your cell phone within arms reach.

6)      Always carry your driver’s license or identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

7)      Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.

8)      Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops on buses and other rapid transit.

9)      Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

10)  Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Enjoy your holiday season and remember to be safe and sound!

 

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