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Can it get any worse than this? Detroit Man Shot, Robbed of Groceries

5 Jan

See full story on Fox 2 Detroit Here:  Detroit Man Shot, Robbed of Groceries.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=6994

Detroit Man Shot, Robbed of Groceries: MyFoxDETROIT.com

 

Seriously, can it get any worse that this?  I think it will get worse.  Most of you know that unemployment is a major problem in Michigan and on top of that some people have exhausted their unemployment benefits.  So, if there are no jobs and no unemployment benefits then what are people expected to do to survive?  More importantly how are the rest of us going to survive? 

Here are some safety tips:

1.  Look around as you enter and exit your home.  Be suspicious of anyone who is looking back at you or sitting in a car.

2.  Confirm the identity of a stranger prior to opening your door.

3.  If you are approached by someone who makes you uncomfortable and you have something in your hand then drop it and run.  The added weight could slow you down.

Some Worry Sex Offender Targeting Kids

16 Sep

This is based on the story seen on Fox 2 News:  Some Worry Sex Offender Targeting Kids

Are you a parent who is concerned about sex offenders targeting your children?  Don’t worry you are not alone.  There are a lot of parents who have this concern especially now that school has started and some children walk to school. 

Here are some safety tips for your children:

 1.  Consider purchasing personal alarms for your children.  This can be purchased online or in your local hardware store.  Most of the ones I have seen come in the form of a key chain and small enough to fit into a child’s pocket.  They are very simple to use and can be activated by pushing a button.  But be sure to teach your child how to use it and help them practice using it and then tell them to run and yell for help.  You don’t want them to be startled by the loud noise and forget to run away from the predator.

2.  If your child walks home, then try to find a group of children that they can walk with from the neighborhood. 

3.  If your child walks home, then use the most visible route.  Avoid shortcuts that involve wooded area, alleys, etc.

4.  If your child uses the internet then monitor their use of social networking sites.  Child predators pose as other children and try to meet children by luring them into traps.

5.  Find out how many sexual offenders live in your neighborhood by checking the Michigan Sex Offender Registry:  www.mipsor.state.mi.us.   If there are people on that registry in your neighborhood then show their pictures to your children and tell them to avoid those people, as you see necessary.  (I always advise parents to teach their children not to talk to strangers.)

Michigan Sex Offender Registry:  www.mipsor.state.mi.us

Some Worry Sex Offender Targeting Kids

16 Sep

This is based on the story seen on Fox 2 News:  Some Worry Sex Offender Targeting Kids

Are you a parent who is concerned about sex offenders targeting your children?  Don’t worry you are not alone.  There are a lot of parents who have this concern especially now that school has started and some children walk to school. 

Here are some safety tips for your children:

 1.  Consider purchasing personal alarms for your children.  This can be purchased online or in your local hardware store.  Most of the ones I have seen come in the form of a key chain and small enough to fit into a child’s pocket.  They are very simple to use and can be activated by pushing a button.  But be sure to teach your child how to use it and help them practice using it and then tell them to run and yell for help.  You don’t want them to be startled by the loud noise and forget to run away from the predator.

2.  If your child walks home, then try to find a group of children that they can walk with from the neighborhood. 

3.  If your child walks home, then use the most visible route.  Avoid shortcuts that involve wooded area, alleys, etc.

4.  If your child uses the internet then monitor their use of social networking sites.  Child predators pose as other children and try to meet children by luring them into traps.

5.  Find out how many sexual offenders live in your neighborhood by checking the Michigan Sex Offender Registry:  www.mipsor.state.mi.us.   If there are people on that registry in your neighborhood then show their pictures to your children and tell them to avoid those people, as you see necessary.  (I always advise parents to teach their children not to talk to strangers.)

Michigan Sex Offender Registry:  www.mipsor.state.mi.us

Fake Police Rob Home

22 Jul

By Carla M. Thompson

Author of The Busy Woman's Pocket Guide to Safety

A couple of months ago I wrote about carjackers that were impersonating cops.  Now we have home invaders impersonating cops.  See my post:  https://thebusywoman.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/can-you-tell-t…police-officer/

In the story seen here: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/24337717/detail.htmtreets=det&tid=26511631599813&tml=det_12pm&tmi=det_12pm_1_10500107212010&ts=H/

A local man was forced to hide in a closet while his home was invaded by fake police officers.  The men were masked, armed, and wearing badges.  When he saw the badges he came out of his hiding place.  They proceeded to rob him and then ran out of the house. Luckily the man was not hurt or injured.  Here are some things to remember:

  1.  Never automatically open the door when you hear knocking.  In this story the man heard banging on the door and immediately sent his family to the neighbor’s house.  You should always look outside to see who is knocking and confirm their identity before opening the door.
  2. Always have a hiding place for you and your family.  You may not have time to get them out of the house.  You and your family should have a plan for escaping your home and know where to hide in the event that you don’t have time to get out of your home.  You should have a hiding place for every room in your home.  Keep in mind, the plan will only work if everyone knows the plan!
  3. If you are not sure of who is at your door then call the police immediately.  While they knocking or trying to get in grab the phone as you make your way to your hiding place.
  4. Don’t leave your hiding place until the police have arrived. 

You can find these tips and others in The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety.  http://www.thebusywomanspocketguide.com

Sexual Assault and Seniors

23 Jun

By: Carla M. Thompson

News Story:  Woman, 85, Assaulted In Home  http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/23993708/detail.html?treets=det&tid=26511631599813&tml=det_12pm&tmi=det_12pm_1_10500106232010&ts=H/

News Story:  Police Arrest Man In Naked Break-In  http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/24004607/detail.html?treets=det&tid=26511631599813&tml=det_12pm&tmi=det_12pm_1_10500106232010&ts=H/

In these stories female seniors were sexually assaulted in their homes.  One of the seniors had to be hospitalized after her attack.   The other woman got away from her attacker and called the police.

Get The Busy Woaman’s Pocket Guide to Safety for your loved one today!

Fighting Back

17 Jun

 Women on Detroit’s east side are living in fear because of the unsolved murders of 8 women within the last couple of weeks.   See Full Story Here:  East Side Detroit Neighborhood Fighting Back after 8 Killed

I plan to meet with the City Airport Renaissance Association on Monday to map out a plan to prevent more women from being victims of crime.  In the meantime I would like to offer the following advice:

1.  Be aware of your surroundings.  This sounds like very basic advice but the truth is that a lot of people fail to do this, especially in the summer time.  When the weather is nice our moods are lifted and we get careless.  We assume that everyone is out to have a good time, but this is mistake on our part. We must always be on guard.

2.  Avoid distractions.  There are a lot of things that could distract us from paying attention to our surroundings but cell phones are biggest distraction.  Avoid talking on the phone when you are walking to and from destinations.

3.  If you don’t have a car please travel in groups or at least with one other person. 

I have to say that these tips may not work in every situation.  If someone grabs you and tries to drag you somewhere then my advice is to scream and FIGHT for your life.  You should know that fighting could make the attacker angry but it may deter them from making you their victim.

 

Summer Safety Series: Patio Doors

7 Jun

By Carla M. Thompson
News story seen on Clickondetroit.com: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/23796232/detail.html/

In this story the robbers broke into an abandoned apartment using the sliding glass doors. People that live in apartments aren’t the only people that are vulnerable in this area. I happen to live in a house that has sliding doors. Like most people we use the sliding doors more in the summer time than we do in any other month. Criminals know this, and will try to use this door to enter your home during this time. They will use this door because it is at the back of your house. So, it will be easier for them to get in and out without notice. Here are some things to remember during the summer:
1. Always remember to lock your sliding doors. This may seem like a very obvious tip but a lot of people fail to do this. If you deadbolts on the front door but forget to lock the sliding door then you could have a problem. (If you don’t have lock then you can purchase them on the internet. Search under “Keyed Patio Door Lock”.)
2. If your sliding door has a screen then you should remember that it is very easy for a criminal to cut through that screen. I love using the screen to let fresh air into my home but usually during the day, when I am in the home, and never at night or when I am away from my home.
3. Invest in curtains or blinds that will cover your glass doors so that no one can look directly into your home through your doors. (I recommend coverings for your windows as well.)

The 15 safest states to live in, based on 2010 crime rankings

10 Apr

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Apr 7th 2010 at 1:30PM

According to CQ Press’s Annual State Crime Rankings here are the The 15 safest states to live in, based on 2010 crime rankings.

Police Issue Warnings after Robberies

19 Mar

For full story click here:  http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/22882786/detail.html/

For more tips see my article:  Are you making yourself a target for a home invasion? 

I always seek to teach people how to come up with their own safety tips.  So here are some key points that you should notice about this robber, which are covered in more detail in The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety.

1.  Residents reported seeing a suspicious man driving around the neighborhood.    You should always be on the look out for people that are sitting around in cars or trucks outside of you home.

2.  The suspect knocked on the door repeatedly before the home owner opened the door.  I would suggest that you NOT open the door before confirming the identity of the person knocking.  Speak to them through the door until you are comfortable.

3.  These criminals are usually looking to rob you home when you aren’t there, so try to change your schedule as much as possible.

Get The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety:  www.thebusywomanspocketguide.com

Author has tips on safety for women | detnews.com | The Detroit News

17 Mar

Author has tips on safety for women | detnews.com | The Detroit News.

I was featured in the Detroit News today, see the article in the link above.