Sunday, October 01, 2006

Safety First!
(And *Then* The Women And Children?...)

[quoted from an email Ester received from her mom -- I added the link to #9 meself...]
After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them 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.

a. 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.

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.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

good list to remember. however, it sucks that we live in a society where people have to be THAT freakin cautious!

5:40 PM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger Lab Lemming said...

Re: number 6... And what happens when the building fire kills the elevator power?

9:06 PM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger Andrew Ironwood said...

Dawn: Amen! I grew up in a village of less than 5000, and I never locked a door to *anywhere* till I went to college (well, except the bathroom when I was in there, but...)

LL: Take a fire extinguisher with you?...

[Sboipk: the new rookie shortstop sensation from Outer Latvia...]

10:03 PM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger Geek with Wings said...

10. get a big dog and take him everywhere, especially at night.

Something that I have learned from personal experience being singled out several times and attacked by predators - get pissed off, yell, threaten and attack aggressively. It doesn't matter if they are much bigger than you, typically a predator is not looking to make a scene and risk getting caught. If they think you are more trouble than you are worth, they WILL leave you alone. A friend of mine that lived in Alaska gave me this (tried and tested) advice after having several bear encounters, "If you convince the bear that you want to eat him more badly than he wants to eat you, he will go the other way". This applies to people too.

One more tip, and this is crucial. If you are a woman being attacked by a man, (despite what many self-defense folks say), DO NOT GO FOR THE BALLS FIRST!!! I've been in enough hand to hand combat with men to guarantee you that is exactly what they expect and what they will be guarding against. You wanna take em' off guard, you punch them right between the eyes or bring your elbow up to the pointy part on the edge of the jaw line (below the ears). This will disorient them. If that doesn't do it, hit right behind the ear (where the bone juts out a little), my ex (A navy seal) taught me that pressure point, which disbales the nervous system and will give you a chance to run.

4:15 PM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger Nora said...

Okay, that crying baby thing is creepy as hell.

(I once thought I heard a crying baby out by the bushes, but it only turned out to be a couple of cats who were gettin' it on. I guess that's better than a psychopath, huh?)

10:34 PM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger Andrew Ironwood said...

Geek: I don't remember ever winning a fight meself by opening with a shot to the crotch -- although one of my fav effective opening gambits, back when I could still drop to my knees like Prince channeling James Brown, was to do so and then punch the side of their knee as hard as I could -- YMMV, of course, of course...

Nora: gotta wonder how a hoax as bizarre as that one even gets *created* in someone's head, huh?...

[dgsqbtqv: from the chapter on Advanced Left-Hand Exercises in Eloise Does Typing...]

10:57 PM, October 03, 2006  

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