Safety tips and advice ...
Phones and/or Telephone Answering Machine:
When you record your message for your answering machine, either us a "canned" voice, or have a male member of your family or friend record it for you. It doesn't hurt to have a dog barking as background noise.
Make sure that you program an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number on your phone or cell-phone. Paramedics won't, generally, go into your wallet for information (for liability reasons), but can access your telephone address list for numbers.
- If you have a dog, always answer the door with the dog in view.
- When you go to bed at night, take two things. Your cell phone and your car keys. If someone cuts the phone line to your house, you can still call 911.
If your car keys have a "panic button" you can often activate the alarm from your bedroom. The noise may scare off the intruder or alert your neighbours.
- Install, or get a friend to install a security chain/lock on all your exterior doors.
- Install, or get a friend to install "peepholes" in your exterior doors - that way you can first see who wishes to call on you before opening the door.
Workplace, Apartment or Public Building rules:
Always take the elevator instead of the stairs (Stairwells are notoriously the perfect crime spots - especially at night).
If the elevator door opens and there is a male occupant that you feel leery about, do not enter - just wait for the next elevator to come.
In the elevators stand next to the control panel - most have an emergency ringer - in case of emergency hit it.
If you have a medical condition that paramedics or hospital staff should be aware of, be sure to get a MedicAlert bracelet or necklace.
Self-Defence - Street Safety - Safety around your CAR:
- Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body - If you are close enough -- then use it!
- If a mugger asks for your wallet and/or purse -- DO NOT HAND IT OVER -- rather, toss it away from you. Chances are they are more interested in it than in you. As soon as they go for the item, RUN LIKE MAD INTO THE OTHER DIRECTION.
- If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail light and stick your arm out the hole, and start waving it like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everyone else should and will, hopefully, call authorities.
- Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc... and just sit to do their checkbook, make a list, pick a CD to play or scan for a radio station, etc. DON'T DO THIS - rather drive off immediately. Predators often watch for such a delay that gives them the perfect opportunity to force their way into your car. Also, as soon as you get into your car, lock your doors!
- If someone does get into your car and forces you to drive off, DO NOT JUST FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. Rather, gun the engine and drive into the next solid obstacle, to wreck your car. Your SEATBELT AND AIR BAG will save you! If the intruder is in the back seat they will get the worst of the damage. As soon as the car crashes, open the door, get out, and run away.
- Before approaching your parked car - look around, look in your car and check the passenger side floor and the back seat door, before opening your car door.
- If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door (...apparently most abductees are nabbed by pulling them into a van, while the women try to enter their own cars).
- Check out the car parked next to your driver's side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest to your car, consider walking back to the mall or work place and either wait until that car leaves or look for a guard, policeman or male friend to walk you back to the car. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
- If a predator aims a gun at you and you are not yet under his/her control (i.e. being held or so close that a shot couldn't fail to miss) then always RUN IN A ZIG-ZAG pattern. (Statistically a running target is only hit 4 in 100 times, and then usually not in vital organs).
WOMEN - STOP BEING TOO SYMPATHETIC! It could 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. He used that opportunity to abduct his next victim.
A recent episode of America's Most Wanted featured a new ruse. It seems a serial killer in Louisiana played the sound of a crying baby around the homes of female victims. When they went outside to investigate he was able to overpower them.
IF YOU HEAR THE CRY OF A BABY outside your house (especially if neither your household or your immediate neighbours have children) - then call the police. Let them investigate it.
Emergency Preparedness Starts with You!
In the event of an emergency, everyone should be prepared to take care of themselves and their families for up to three days. Make sure that your emergency survival kit has:
Be prepared! Not Scared!
- Flashlight and batteries
- Radio and batteries or crank radio
- Spare Batteries
- First-aid kit
- Candles and matches/lighter
- Extra car keys and cash
- Important papers (identification)
- Food and bottled water
- Clothing and footwear
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Toilet paper and other personal items
- Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
- Playing cards, games
For more information please visit Emergency Management Ontario at www.ontario.ca/emo