Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Murder and Mayhem . . .

You know I love to write mysteries. Love the thrill of the chase in suspense. Love that dangerous feeling . . . IN MY MANUSCRIPTS!

But that's imagination and words and an imaginary world; not real life. Real life is real (duh! profound statement!) and real life murder, rape, and theft is not fun or funny. It's easy to say it won't ever happen to me. Or I'm careful--I keep my doors locked. How many criminals stop at a locked door? How strong are you against a crime?

Today's blog and hints are combined. Read and take heed. It's better to be prepared than sorry . . .

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

2. 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 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. If someone
is in the car with a gun to your head, DO NOT DRIVE 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.

6. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:

  • Be aware:look around you,look into your car,at the passenger side floor ,and in the back seat

  • 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.

  • 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.)

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!)

8. 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, in a zig -zag pattern!

9. 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.

10. Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last. She called the police because it was late. 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 hadn't verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they'd heard baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

Be aware of tricks that can get you to open doors. Don't!

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Regina said...

That was some very good advise. A lot of those things we don't even think about we just do them. When I was reading down through your list I thought of the many times I had done those very things. It made me stop and think. I just heard of some young people that were going around to women in parking lots and trying to get them to smell some perfume. It was actually ether and they would steal your purse once they passed out. It sure is a corrupt and scary world we live in. Thanks for the tips.

Caroline said...

Tks for posting. I'm way too trusting and careless. I'm gonna try to do better!

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