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    We can now add to the list of victims the retired 77 yr. old TCU professor from Ft Worth whose body was found last week in Oklahoma--and the 11 yrold in Sarasota, FL. Because of these recent abductions in daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation...This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know.

    After reading this, forward it to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.


    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 in New Orleans. 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.

    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).

    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!

    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.

    Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby.----This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.

    I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.

    Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry.

    Shannon LaForge
    Courtroom Deputy to Judge Robert Junell
    U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

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    Great post!

    Got one to add:

    Always have your keys in your hand - do not fumble for them when you reach your car. BTW, a key makes a surprisingly good weapon for jabbing and gouging.

    The world isn't crazier, just with the 24 hour news needing to fill their newscasts we hear about crimes that we never heard about before.
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    I always take my car keys out before I leave a store. (The bottom of my pocketbook is a very scary place.)

    But I didn't know about the other stuff, so thanks for the tips!

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    It is truly a crazy place out there, be careful ladies!!!

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    And to prevent the crime of opportunity like the Smash and Grab while sitting on the car waiting for the red light to change, never put your purse on the next seat nor in your lap.

    Just remember that unless the car you're in has tinted windows, every van or SUV that pass next to your car will have a full view of the inside of your car and any item of value that is in plain sight would be very tempting for the common crook that is just looking for an easy target.

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    Good tips although I have never felt that my life was in danger from another person (except those f*cking drunk drivers).

    My list would be how to protect yourself from wild animals like bears.

    I have had 3 bear encounters this summer walking the trails near my house.
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    Got any Mountain Lion tips, Sophist? We heard that a horse was attacked in our neighborhood this summer. :gulp:

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    Don't forget the "bumb-and-grab".
    They mostly single out women alone at night.

    They work in pairs. One car will get in front of your car.The other follows directly behind your car.

    The first one will slam on their brakes, causing you to hit them.
    When you get out to check the damage, the one in the car behind you will sneak up behind you, rob or abduct you.

    If you think you're a victim of this tactic, DO NOT STOP THE CAR AND GET OUT.

    Instead, drive to a well-lit area with people around. (Gas station, convenience store, ect.)

    Call the police on your cell phone (you DO carry one, don't you?) and wait in your car until the cops show up.

    Watch out for this one.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Don't forget the "bumb-and-grab". <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> This will only work if you are a tailgater. Always leave adequate stopping distance so that you do not hit a car in front of you that comes to a sudden stop.

    If you are driving correctly in the first place, you can easily drive away from this kind of situation.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Rhea:
    Got any Mountain Lion tips, Sophist? We heard that a horse was attacked in our neighborhood this summer. :gulp: <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yikes. Lots of big cats around here as well. Seen some fresh tracks last winter while ice fishing.

    If attached fight like hell. Cougars see humans as food as will kill you. Bears don't.

    Buy pepper spray.

    This opens the whole encrouchment issue. Are you infringing on their territory??
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    I'm sure I am infringing on their original territory, although this area was cleared for orchards hundreds of years ago. It's only recently that it's reverting back to a more natural landscape in the foothills, while becoming more heavily developed along the riverfront.

    We live in the foothills, only a couple of miles from sparsely populated mountains and there's a heavy deer population here as well as moose and bear, not to mention woodchucks, rabbits and lots of other small furry creatures. I don't doubt that there are mountain lions living in the mountains but this is the first I've heard of one descending to the flatlands (elevation 650 feet is flat around here).

    We don't go out without the dogs and the dogs don't go out without us. Pepper spray is a good idea. Thanks.

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