How Being Aware of Crime Can Keep You Prepared

July 28th, 2013

There is no fool proof way to prevent crime. As a society, criminal acts have always been committed, and unfortunately there’s nothing that can be done about this. You may, however, be very surprised at how much a little bit of proper attention can help avoid a truly sticky situation.

First and foremost, try and stay well versed on what’s going on in your area. This seems vague, yes, but let the thought simmer in your head for a little while. Do you know of any areas Read the rest of this entry »

What a Criminal Looks for in a Victim

May 23rd, 2013

The number one thing a criminal looks for in a victim is someone who is not aware of their surroundings. Criminals are looking for busy people who are talking on their cellphones, working on their laptops or carrying groceries to their car. If you pay attention to your surroundings, you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim. Criminals don’t want to call a lot of attention to their activities. If you see a suspicious person while walking to your car, return back to the store where other people are around. Don’t go to the shopping mall at Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Be a Victim: Know the Facts about Assault

March 23rd, 2013

While we all know that an attack is never the victim’s fault, no one ever wants to end up a statistic. It is very important to understand how to protect yourself and to remember that in a hostile situation, you are not helpless.

First, remember that your chances for escape are much better the sooner that you act. Too many people simply freeze when they are confronted by assault. The first few minutes are crucial, and Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing the Criminal Mind Can Protect You from Victimization

June 10th, 2012

Criminals are among us every day, and include some of the most surprising people. With potential criminals lurking sometimes around every corner, it becomes difficult to know who to trust. Rather than locking yourself in your home and getting to know nobody, it is best to learn how the mind of a criminal works in order to help protect yourself and your property from being victimized.

Talk to professionals in law enforcement and head to the library or the Internet to read studies on how criminals think and Read the rest of this entry »

What Kids Should Know About Kidnappings

June 6th, 2011

While kids from a young age should be taught they should never talk to strangers, many parents are wondering what kids should know about kidnappings. You want them to be safe, but at the same time, you do not want to hinder their social development. The fact is that there really is a fine line between making them aware of crime and scaring them.

Between the ages of two and seven, you want to make sure that your child that he or she is only to talk to people they know. This is especially important for those in school, as Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Situations that Make You Vulnerable to Crime

May 24th, 2011

Keeping safety in mind at all times reduces the chance that one becomes a victim of crime. It can happen anywhere and at anytime, but keeping a few things in mind will reduce the chance of it happening to you.
Never travel alone. If you have to go somewhere alone, be aware of your surroundings. When walking across a parking lot, scan the area for anything suspicious. Watch for people in parked vehicles and never carry a large purse that is easy to grab.
If you are visiting another Read the rest of this entry »

Can Knowing Crime Statistics Make You Safer?

May 9th, 2011

Crime statistics can be helpful to an individual when they are going about their day. If you are aware of different crime statistics you will be able to make good choices when shopping or even allowing your children to play outside.

Home statistics

Your home is your sanctuary but if you live in an area that has a large number of home invasions knowing this information will help you to better secure entrances. You may choose to put bars on lower floor windows and purchase reinforced entrance doors with stronger door frames.

Neighborhood Read the rest of this entry »

Club Drugs

January 20th, 2011

If you’ve heard the term bandied about but never really understood the classification of “club drugs,” we provide the following information so you can be better informed when you next hear some jargon.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) club drugs can be briefly defined as a group of drugs being used by teenagers and young adults at bars, nightclubs and concerts which include GHB, Rohypnol, Ketamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), Methamphetamine, and LSD (Acid). Some common street names are Special K, Vitamin K, Jet, G, Liquid Ecstasy, Soap, and Roofies.Club drugs are known to have varying effects depending on any number of factors such as who manufactured the drug, but in general Ketamine distorts perception and produces feelings of detachment from the environment and self, while GHB and Rohypnol are sedating. GHB abuse can cause coma and seizures. High doses of Ketamine can cause delirium and amnesia. Rohypnol can incapacitate users and cause amnesia, and (especially when mixed with alcohol) can be lethal.The popularity of use seems to be on the increase even though current numbers have not been released. Historically, however, national rates for hospital emergency department (ED) mentions club drug involvement as low in 2002 (with none exceeding two mentions per 100,000 population) and no increases were measured from 2001 to 2002; but significant increases in certain club drug mentions were apparent from 1995 to 2002. As an example, Read the rest of this entry »

Using Medical Marijuana in Non-Legal States

October 8th, 2010

There are currently 14 states that have legalized medical marijuana laws.Should you happen to not live in one of these states but use marijuana for medicinal purposes, following are some tips should you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the interrogation table (with most being extracted from the Fourth Amendment to the Bill of Rights):

  1. Since law enforcement must obtain a warrant before they can conduct a privacy-related search, it is suggested that you keep all contraband out of plain sight this includes residual materials in ashtrays.
  2. Never consent to a search request without a warrant being present. If an officer asks to search you or anything that belongs to you, you should respond with “I do not consent to the search you have requested, I do not consent to this contact, and do not wish to answer any questions if I am not under arrest, I would like you to now leave me alone.”
  3. In keeping with the above statement, you should never Read the rest of this entry »

The Marijuana Identity Crisis

July 14th, 2010

Though it has been around for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the 20th century that marijuana was first criminalized. The United States didn’t declare the use of this substance illegal until the 1930s with the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. In the US, the ’60s and ’70s saw an epidemic of marijuana use, which resulted in increased enforcement of drug laws and stricter sentences for violators. During the Reagan administration there was even more crackdown on marijuana use such as three strikes laws that would result in life sentence for repeat offenders. New regulations even allowed for the death penalty to be sanctioned for drug lords. Read the rest of this entry »