Monday, October 3, 2011

Better Safe Than Sorry.

Garth is always telling me to be aware of my surroundings and warns me about being too trusting. I usually walk on my lunch hour in a subdivision next to my office complex and Garth said: "Be careful. I don't want someone to come out and grab you, take you to their basement and chop you up." Jeez! Graphic, much? I know he is looking out for me and it is always a good reminder to be careful. There are creepers out there and I cannot be naive about that.

Recently, I was forwarded an email from a co-worker. Now, I usually do not read forwards but this one had me intrigued. I found the information alarming, yet I knew it was valuable information that I should pass along. I encourage you to read it and let me know what you think:

1. Tip from Tae Kwon 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: 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. 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 where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOTDRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag 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.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all youroutside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on This e - mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America 's Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana


Lauren said...

such spooky things that people try to do! I've seen a similar list like this in the past, but thanks for the reminder!

Emily said...

my grandmother emailed this too me as well a while back. Like you, I rarely read forwards, but I am glad I read this! These are things I have kept in mind ever since reading. Great post!

Café Moka said...

Those things are so true!
I'm always being so careful when I'm alone!

Lauren said...

I've gotten this email before. Great great advice and tips!!!!

Maria said...

Thanks for these tips! I go out all the time (with my baby) and try to do some of these things, like checking the backseat, but I guess you can never be too safe. Some tips I hadn't even heard off, like the one about the crying baby. Yes, I live under a rock ;) Like you said, better paranoid than dead!

Anonymous said...

Another tip is that if someone is holding on to you and you have the opportunity poke them in the eye(s) hard! The natural reflect is to let go of whatever you are holding and cover your eye, hence your captor will release you.

FWIW, this also works if you are being attacked by an animal (sharks, dogs, etc.)

Lil' Woman said...

Great tips and alot of ones that I didn't even think about. Thanks

lilmiscantberong said...

Thanks for the tips. I wasn't aware of a few of them. Made me realize I need to be much more careful and aware!