|Posted by Professor Mad on June 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Someone may call, ring your bell or knock on your door telling you that their vehicle has broken down and they need to use a phone for assistance. They may pretend to be an employee from the local utilities company saying that they need to check your water or electricity. They may pretend to be someone that's conducting a survey. Some may even pretend to be a police officer. Whatever the reason the person gives you, make sure that they're not attempting to enter your home and steal.
Distraction burglary has become more common, where persons may call your home or visit with the intent of getting inside to steal money or any other valuables while distracting the occupant. In many cases the criminals work in pairs, with one talking and the other one stealing. What makes it even worse is that elderly persons are often victimized.
Whenever your doorbell rings or someone knocks on your door, be very cognizant and on guard. Its good to look out of your window to see who the person or persons are- open the window slightly and talk them in that manner rather than just opening the door. If living in a house, make sure to have a viewer installed in both your front and back doors. Wide angle viewers are especially good for persons who may have poor vision, such as the elderly.
Before opening the door, make sure to put the door chain or bar on when opening and speak through the gap. You could even place a small mirror to the wall adjacent to the door so the person with whom you're speaking can easily be seen.
Take care that your back door and basement doors are locked as well as shutting the windows. These kind of thieves work together with one talking to you at the front, while the other may get in through the back or even a window without you noticing!
Anyone at your door claiming to represent any company or organization, request that some sort of identification or credentials are passed through the door proving who they say they are. Anyone that's legit won't mind your request. If anyone at your door claims to be a law enforcement officer, ask them for identification. Just because they show you a badge doesn't mean they're alright. That badge could be phony and plus, anyone can get a badge and pretend to be a cop!
Depending on where you live, your local government may have certain offices and services designed to provide further information to elderly persons- as well as providing them the necessary assistance to prevent them from being victimized.
Please note that even though this blog speaks with reference to distraction burglary, these tips can apply to protecting yourself against anyone who calls or visits your home pretending to be someone they're not. A person may pretend to be someone else with the intent of committing a crime far worse than burglary. Applying these same principles can be beneficial and could save your life!
|Posted by Professor Mad on March 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
If you're in danger of being raped, here are some things that can be done to help prevent it:
If there is a safe place to run to, then RUN!! This is only advisable if there is a place to go. If there is no where to go, you may further anger the rapist by running.
Make sure to use a whistle, make a loud noise or scream "police" in order to attract attention. Another method even if this may seem strange; pretend that you're mentally deranged, that may scare off a potential attacker.
If confronted by a rapist, try to speak in a calm and rational manner. Don't beg, plead or give him any indication that you're scared, this is just the kind of reaction that lowlife wants!
If you're capable of doing so, try fighting off the rapist. Women who act in a quick manner and resist attacks will be better off than those who are passive and do nothing. The most opportune time to react is the first few seconds when the adrenaline is running through your body, which will be conducive to helping you put up a fight. Please be careful if the rapist has a weapon.
Be alert and attentive. Try to remember as many details as possible so you can identify the attacker.
Whether it's attempted or actual rape, don't bathe, wash, shower or use feminine products. The clothes that you had on when the assault occurred; place them into a bag and seal it.
Call 911 along with getting other necessary help as soon as possible. Police are and should be willing to help persons who've been raped. Regardless of whether or not you press charges or go to court, GET HELP RIGHT AWAY!!!
Do not keep it secret. In addition to contacting law enforcement; talk to a family member, counselor, trusted friend or confidante. It very important that someone knows what happened and it should not be kept to yourself!
|Posted by Professor Mad on February 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Whether you live in a house or an apartment, your home can become the most vulnerable when gone on vacation or left empty for a considerable amount of time. So if you plan on going out of town or being away from home for some time, here are some tips [some of these principles can even apply if your abscence from your home is very brief]:
Have someone in your absence as a house sitter. This person can be a trusted friend, family member or relative that can stay at your home. It can be very helpful especially if you have pets or plants that need to be taken care of and just making sure the home is inhabited.
Make arrangements where a trustworthy neighbor, friend or relative checks on your house or apartment while you're away. Turning on the television, radios, opening and closing blinds and curtains will give your home the appearance that someone is there.
In harmony with the above statement, be wary of any neighbors. Many burglaries have been committed by ones own neighbors who were aware that the victim was not home. Not all neighbors are trustworthy!
Whether or not you would have someone check on your home while away- even if it is the case- if you're not concerned about running up your electric bill, try setting your television, radio or lights [if applicable] to a timer. The absence of background noise along with darkened windows announces to would-be burglars that you're not home.
Have an alarm system installed. See to it that whoever checks on your house or apartment familiarizes themselves with the alarm system. Make sure this person also knows who to call just in a case there is a problem.
If you have no one to watch your home, stop your mail, newspaper or any other delivery. When newspapers and mail accumulate, that advertises your absence to a potential burglar.
If you have a garden or plants that are visible, have someone water the plants regularly or remove the plants where they're not visible. Shriveled up plants may announce that you're not home.
If living in a house and you have bushes and shrubbery, have someone trim them regularly. Unkempt bushes and shrubbery over time may announce your absence to burglars.
If living in an apartment, check your lease. Some landlords require that you notify them if your apartment will be empty for quite some time [ just in case they need to enter for an emergency and can't reach you]. If you have a house sitter this won't be necessary.
In line with the previous statement, be cautious even of the landlord. Landlords have been known to illegally enter into their tenants homes and steal. Either get a house sitter or set up some sort of hidden camera system just in case an unscrupulous landlord has any ideas.
Whatever you do, don't advertise on social media sites such as Facebook that you're on vacation or gone from home for a considerable amount of time. You're asking for it!!
|Posted by Professor Mad on December 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
If driving, make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced and fueled. You want a vehicle that's in suitable condition, especially if it's a long trip. The last thing you need is being stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Whether traveling by bus, train, airplane or personal vehicle; make sure to have all necessary directions and routes together in advance. The goal is to arrive at your destinations safely.
If you get lost, contact the local authorities or other means of help for directions and assistance.
If driving, always keep your vehicle doors and windows locked.
If at a stoplight or other traffic delay, leave enough space in front of your vehicle so that you have an escape option in case of an emergency.
Let someone know the means and route in which you plan to travel. It could be a family member, friend or a person that you may meet at your particular destination. This will be helpful to the authorities in locating you if there is a need to do so.
Plan your trip carefully and systematically. Allow for factors such as weather, fatigue, lodging facilities, food and fuel [if driving].
Ask the hotel or motel staff about any security measures so you know what to expect.
Make sure that your valuables are put away safely in your hotel or motel room when lodging. Many hotels have a safe in which you can store your possessions. Please be aware that some hotel safes for whatever reason are of inferior quality and can easily be broken into. Try to think of ingenious ways to put away your possessions.
Never carry your wallet or similar belongings in your back pocket. That's an easy target for a pickpocket.
Please be sure that you have sufficient finances such as cash, traveler's checks, credit or debit cards.
Whatever you do, try to avoid areas and neighborhoods that are bad. Many low-lives love to prey on tourists and out- of- town visitors
Whether outside your hometown, state or country, always be cognizant of your surroundings. Even if the place you're at appears to be safe, don't take anything for granted in the kind of world we live in.
|Posted by Professor Mad on December 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
At one time people felt at ease when riding public transportation. Now in this day and age, that is no longer the case as public transportation riders on a large scale are being victimized by acts of crime and violence. Here are some suggestions that may help you feel more confident when riding a public bus, train, or taxicab.
When riding a bus
Use a bus stop that you're familiar with and that is usually busy and well-lit.
Know the departure and arrivals times of the bus. If meeting someone, let them know which bus you plan on catching so they can meet you at a particular stop.
It won't hurt at times to sit close to the front if possible. If someone initiates a conversation, be cordial as well as confident. But unfortunately some may use that as a means of trying to take advantage of you. Don't give away personal information such as your address and place of employment.
When riding a train
Stand by a section of the platform that's illuminated, close to the exit or where there are others around. Many train stations have cameras, staff and even the presence of security and law enforcement just in case of emergencies.
When getting on the train, sit in a busy compartment and make sure to have all your personal possessions close to you.
If something doesn't feel right, change seats or get off the train and catch the next one if necessary. But only do this if you're getting off at a station that's busy and staffed.
Make sure you know where the emergency cord or button is located or areas at the station where you can get help.
When taking a taxi
Carry the number of the cab service or cab company you know. When arranging for a taxicab, ask for the name of the driver and the kind of vehicle they will be driving.
Book the taxicab you need to bring you to your destination before going out. Provide your name and when the driver arrives make sure they know the name the cab was booked under. If you call for a cab in a public place, do it in a manner where others are unlikely to hear your name and address.
Share a cab with a friend. Please be sure to have your cab fare ready and when arriving home, have your keys ready so you can enter your home quickly.
Remember that even some taxicab drivers turn out to be criminals. If you ever feel uncomfortable in a cab and want to get out, then GET OUT!! Ask the driver to stop in a busy area or place you're familiar with and get out of the cab.
|Posted by Professor Mad on December 7, 2012 at 2:35 AM||comments (0)|
Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If shopping in the evening or night is necessary, go with a family member or friend.
Dress in a casual and comfortable manner.
Avoid wearing jewelry that is expensive. You don't want to attract the attention of a criminal.
Be extra careful when carrying a wallet or purse. Within crowded shopping areas, they are the primary targets of criminals such as snatchers and pick-pockets.
You may have many things running through your mind and may be in a rush; but whatever the case pay attention to your surroundings.
Try to avoid carrying large amounts of money.
Pay for your items with a check, credit or debit card when possible.
When carrying cash, keep it in your front pocket. It may even be safe to put it in your shoe. So what if your feet stink! Safety and protection are the primary issues.
If your credit or debit card gets lost, stolen or misused, contact the issuer as soon as possible.
Keep a record of any information pertinent to your credit or debit card in a safe place at home.
Don't overload yourself with bags and packages. It's very important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid any mishaps. It also makes it easier for a criminal to take advantage.
Be very cognizant of strangers that may approach you for any reason. There are times of the year when shopping is at a high and criminals come out of the woodworks. Whether it's scam artists, robbers or otherwise; they may try various ways of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
|Posted by Professor Mad on November 26, 2012 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
The con artist's mentality is that those who are easily deceived were put on earth to be that way. At one time when a con artist was thought of, a male would automatically come to mind. That's no longer the case as females have become mixed up in con games and the various scams circulating. Sometimes the con man or woman will even enlist the help of a child to help accomplish their goal. The times in which we live with the economic and financial state of affairs; unfortunately there are people out here who will stoop to any means in order to get over. Whether it's by phone, in person or online the con artists goal is plain and simple: GET YOUR MONEY!! Here are some basic rules to follow whether you suspect fraudulent activity or not:
The idea of getting something for nothing is attracting and luring for anyone. But if someone offers you something for nothing, don't believe it. Remember that you get exactly what you pay for.
If someone requests personal info e.g., bank account numbers, social security numbers; be very suspicious.
If you're asked to wire or send money in order to supposedly claim a prize, don't do it!
Con people love to use the high-pressure sales tactic. Be very suspect of high-pressure sales efforts.
Always take your time; think about it thoroughly before parting with your money.
Make sure to get all agreements and contracts in writing as opposed to verbal agreements. Insist that the agreements be in plain understandable English and not legal mumbo-jumbo.
Read all contracts and agreements before signing. And pay attention to the fine print at the bottom because it may contain something that's designed to rip you off.
Be suspicious of anyone who approaches you or comes to your home soliciting for charity or for personal reasons.
|Posted by Professor Mad on November 23, 2012 at 2:15 AM||comments (0)|
Hotel crime has become more prevalent these days. There are more reports of things such as robbery, theft, prostitution and even murder that have taken place inside of hotel establishments. Some crimes have even been committed by employees and staff themselves. There are times when the use of a hotel becomes necessary. People travel out of their hometown all the time for business, visitation of family, pleasure, etc. Whether you choose to travel by bus, train, airplane or even driving; when arriving in another city your goal is to get to your hotel. You're very tired because of dealing with unforeseen events such as travel delays. The only thing one is concerned with is getting the hotel room and going straight to bed; wake up refreshed and then give attention to the necessary matters. However, even before collapsing into bed it's important to take just a few minutes of your time to perform safety, security and cleanliness checks. By doing that it could wind up saving your life and the lives of others. So here are a few tips. [These principles can apply to the use of motel rooms as well]
When you enter your room prop the door open, turn on the lights, check the closets, bathroom, under the bed and behind the drapes and curtains. Sometimes the staff may make a mistake and assign someone else to your room. It can happen more frequently in hotel suites with adjoining bedrooms that can be sold as separate rooms. There could be a criminal lurking. In any case, don't close the door until you're sure the room is empty.
Check and make sure that connecting doors, windows and sliding doors are locked. If you can, try to avoid first floor rooms that have sliding doors.
After locking the door and attaching the safety bolt or chain, check the diagram on the back to to review the nearest exits. One needs to have a mental picture of an escape route just in case something happens. Look outside the door to make sure that the exit signs are illuminated. Make sure to contact the front desk if they're not. Reviewing exit information could help save lives in the event of a fire, natural disaster or other emergency. Keep in mind that most fire engine ladders can only reach up between the range of the 8th and 10th floor.
Be sure that the air conditioner or heat, lights, telephone, radio, and television are working. Turn on the sink and shower to check water pressure and temperature. If they don't work, switch rooms immediately! It's not worth waiting for someone to arrive and correct the problem, especially at night!
|Posted by Professor Mad on November 10, 2012 at 3:40 AM||comments (0)|
Many who own a home no doubt will see to it that it's properly maintained and kept in good condition. As time goes along home repairs and improvements become necessary. However, it can be very expensive when making the necessary repairs and improvements. And unfortunately, a form of fraud that has become very prevalent is in the area of home repair and improvement. So for homeowners, here are some things to look out for:
Someone professing to specialize in home improvement and repair that offers to do a costly job at a price that's extremely and unusually low.
Someone that happens to be in the neighborhood or a so-called firm that offers to make a free inspection. Be suspicious. Many times that is a setup to commit other crimes such as burglary and other criminal acts.
The most well-known home improvement scams are areas related to roof repair, painting, driveway sealing, and the inspection of termites.
Make sure to get several estimates for every repair job, and compare the prices and terms. Check to see if there is any charge for estimates.
Ask others such as your friends for recommendations. Ask the home improvement company for references and check them thoroughly.
Anyone claiming to be an inspector or home improvement and repair contractor; check for proper identification.
Just like general con people. home improvement fraudsters use high pressure sales tactics. Be very suspicious.
Contact the Better Business Bureau or depending on where you live, your local governmental office that regulates home improvement and repair contractors. Find out the if the company is legit or just some fly-by-night ripoff.
Always pay by check- never pay in cash money. Also arrange to make installment payments.
|Posted by Professor Mad on November 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|