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Nine Important Tips For Protecting Yourself – Also see UPDATE at the end of this post.

Posted by Catherine Morgan on March 19, 2007

I had posted this a few weeks ago on my site for women, WOMEN 4 HOPE. But, I think it is important for everyone, so I decided to post here as well.

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TIPS ON HOW WOMEN CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES

This is an e-mail that was sent to me a few months ago, since it still applies, and is important for all women to know, I decided to post it on this site.

Because of recent abductions, in daylight hours,refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation…

This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips , forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

1. Tip from Tae K won Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans:

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.
THEN 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.Women 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 whe re to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

And, if someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air B ag 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 . Most serial killers 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/policeman 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. RUN, Preferably….in a zig-zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! 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 just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her “Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.” The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window,
and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.” He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded
and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.

Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby —-This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying baby theory was mentioned on
America ’s Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana .

I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Everyone should take 5 minute to read this. It may save your life or love one’s life.

Sandy Byrnes
Resident Manager
Greenview Commons
Greenview Court
Greenview West Sayville

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UPDATED: I found a site that talks about how you can use your car alarm to protect your house. This is a great article, everyone should check it out.

If you have any additional tips, please feel free to add them to the comment section. Thank you.

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3 Responses to “Nine Important Tips For Protecting Yourself – Also see UPDATE at the end of this post.”

  1. axinia said

    Thanks, Catherine for posting it!
    I can imagine these things are very useful, but it is horible that we should learn things like this!! 😦

    I somehow believe that the amount of negative things happening to us mostly depends on our own state of being.

  2. Hi “Axinia”

    Thanks for your comment. I agree it is very sad that we all have to know what to do in this type of situation. But, unfortunately we do live in a world where bad things happen to good people. Especially in high crime areas (and those areas seem to be growing as well). I don’t think we should be always worried about something bad happening to us, but if something does happen and you can remember one tip that could save your life, I think that is a very important thing.

    I think for me the one thing “I” definitely would have done wrong, was getting in a car with someone holding a gun on me. I think seeing a gun is so scary that your instinct (and what you see on t.v.) is to just do what the gunman says. But, it is true that you are much more likely to die if the gunman gets you to a remote location, and if you run away instead of getting in a car, even if you are shot at, the chances that you are hit in a way that will kill you is much smaller.

    I do think any worrying about things that “could” happen in our lives, is never good. But, you can still be “prepared” for what you would do “if” something happened, without letting it consume you with worry. And, that is what I hope people will do with this information. It’s kind of like chest pain. We shouldn’t walk around every day worrying we might have a heart attack, but if we have chest pain, or any known symptom of a heart attack, we should immediately seek medical attention.

    Thanks again for your comment, it is always nice to hear from you. And, I hope you have a nice day.

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