Sunday, June 11, 2006

Safety Tips for Women

My former realtor, Brad Letterman, sends out a monthly newsletter to all past, present and future, clients of his. He always includes alot of advice and interesting tid bits of information. I thought one tid bit from his most recent newsletter was worth passing on.

As a martial artist and also a former self-defense instructor, I am always appreciative of information that I can give to people so they can be better prepared to handle themselves out in the street. I liked these "tips," especially #'s 2, 3 and 5, but wanted to pass all of them along. Even though the tips are directed to women, I believe they would be every bit as helpful to men, as well.

1. The elbow is the strongest point of your body. If you are close enough to use it, do.

2. If a robber asks for your purse or wallet, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you - chances are that he is more interested in your wallet or purse than you. Then RUN IN THE OPPOSITE 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.

4.As soon as you get into your car, lock the door and leave.

5. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF. Instead, rev the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

6. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs.

7. If the predator has a gun, and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN. RUN IN A ZIG ZAG PATTERN.

8. Trying to be sympathetic can be deadly. Predators play on the sympathies of unsuspecting women.

I think this is good information and worth keeping in mind as we all travel out and about. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. If you find yourself in a bad situation, keeping your wits about you, thinking about how to get away and having a few tips in your mind can make all the difference.

Lastly, a plug for Brad. If you're in the Baltimore area and looking for a home to buy or sell, his email address Maybe you just want to sign up for his newsletter.


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