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Why McDonald\’s Happy Meal hamburgers won\’t decompose – the real story behind the story

18 Oct

Why McDonald\’s Happy Meal hamburgers won\’t decompose – the real story behind the story.

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9 Aug

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How to Protect Yourself Without A Gun

6 Jul

By Carla M. Thompson

In the news a local homeowner shot and killed an armed burglar during a home invasion.  The Full Story can be seen here:

But what should you do if you don’t own a gun?  There is no easy answer  to that question but here are some safety tips:

  1.  Invest in an alarm system.  The worst thing in the world is to wake up with a stranger in your home pointing a gun at you.  I would rather see them coming.  Even if you can’t afford an expensive alarm system there are wireless sensors, door/window alarms that you can purchase for under $10 that will make a loud noise.  In most cases the noise will deter the burglar or at least give you a chance to react.
  2. Always keep your cell phone in the room that you sleep in.  Why?  Because if you hear something or your alarm sounds you can call the police without searching for your phone.  It is best to use your cell phone because a burglar could cut your power line or your phone line before entering your home. 
  3. Have an escape plan.  Remember one advantage you have over an intruder is that you know your home better than them.  You should be able to navigate your home in the dark, if you don’t know how to do it now then practice.  You should have a place to go in your home that has a door that can lock from the inside.  Once you locate your phone, go to that place.  As you are calling the police press your body against the door to keep the intruder out.  Remember the objective is to survive not save your belongings.  Remember to teach your children and any other members of your household the plan.
  4. Keep pepper spray or any other weapons by your bed.  If you don’t have time to react, you can use these items to defend yourself.  Remember if they have a gun and you don’t then they have an advantage over you so, you any opportunity you have to get away from them, use it. 

In conclusion, these tips are only good if you remember them and start preparing now to use them.

These and more tips can be found in The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety,

Summer Safety Series: Patio Doors

7 Jun

By Carla M. Thompson
News story seen on

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.)

Census workers to begin visiting homes Saturday – Latest News –

30 Apr

Census workers to begin visiting homes Saturday – Latest News –

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13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

26 Apr

Interviews by Michelle Crouch

Should you spend your money on a home security system? A look inside a burglar’s mind might help you decide.

Bits: E-Mail Scammers Ask Your Friends for Money

20 Apr
Published: November 9, 2007
In the latest Nigerian e-mail scam, the crooks are taking a page from Facebook and leveraging the power of social connections.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

8 Apr

“According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in the United States, individuals age 12 or older experienced an estimated 222,000 rapes or sexual assaults in 2008. Research indicates that, over the course of their lifetimes, 18 percent of women in this country are raped.”

Ladies First Publishing is committed to educating and empowering women to make the right decisions.  Purchasing The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety for yourself or any other woman that you care about is an excellent way to spread awareness.  This book teaches women how to think about their personal safety by providing safety tips for everyday situations that busy women find themselves in.  The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety can be purchased at for $4.95.

Throughout the month I will post helpful information on sexual assault and prevention tactics.

Women Fight Back

25 Mar

Carla Thompson and Brad Rabe, Kenpo Karate in Farmington Hills

By Carla M. Thompson

Today I was the guest of Brad Rabe of Kenpo Karate of Oakland County.  I was featured in the Detroit News with Brad on March 17, 2010 (Click here to read it :   As the author of The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety, I only focus on crime prevention. I recommend that women take a self defense class in order to build their confidence.  I don’t recommend that women look for fights or engage a purse snatcher or robber but if someone makes personal contact with you (trying to drag you somewhere, assault you, rape you) then I suggest you fight back.  You have to use your best judgment on whether or not you will make it out of the situation alive without fighting but if I am doubtful of my chances of surviving then I am going to FIGHT! 

Working with Brad today definitely inspired me to take my personal safety talks to the next level by including a discussion on self defense classes.  I have researched personal safety techniques and I own personal safety devices but I believe these classes will make women even more confident.  Kenpo Karate definitely picks up where The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety leaves off.  Here are some tips for you:

  1. No one is immune to crime….  Don’t think that because nothing has happened to you that nothing will happen to you.  Consider taking this opportunity to get training, even if you never need it. 
  2. Practice, Practice, Practice…  Once you get training remember to practice the moves so that they are natural for you.
  3. Don’t be a hero…  If you do get trained and you know the moves don’t look for a fight.  If someone snatches your purse and turns to run, then let them go it is just a purse.  You are lucky.  The only time you need to fight is when your life is threatened.

For more tips purchase The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety

10 places NOT to use your debit card –

21 Mar

10 places NOT to use your debit card –

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