OT-Stay Safe this Holiday Season

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dbab
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   Posted 12/1/2005 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
This post is not meant to be a downer, just a reminder for everyone to be cautious and stay safe during the holidays.  Unfortunately accidents happen... one of my friends was hit by a drunk driver last new year's eve.  He and his wife survived but suffered a lot of physical and emotional scars. 
 
Just a few reminders:
Make sure that you do not shop alone if at all possible. 
Watch for anything abnormal as you come out of the store (always be alert).
Try to park as close to the entrance of the store as possible (I know this is a tough one this time of year). 
Try not to go to a lot of stores at one outing (car break-ins are very high during the holidays).
 
Here are some good tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for people with small children (also good for people with pets):
 
There are plenty more things to be aware of... I just wanted to post this just as a reminder.
 
Take Care Everyone :-)
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7Lil
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   Posted 12/1/2005 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Des! I think we could all use that reminder. In my area many women are/were being mugged at night on their way to their cars at malls.
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Keriamon
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   Posted 12/1/2005 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Even in places that are normally low-crime, crime will increase at the holidays because one, there are so many more victims to chose from and two, it's easier to disappear into a crowd. Even if your mall has always seemed safe, it may not be so this time of year. There are often a rash of purse snatchings at malls during this time of year. Where I used to live, men would dive up slowly in a car with the window down, lean out, grab a woman's purse from her shoulder and then floor it out of there. Unfortunately one woman's purse that they grabbed didn't slip off her shoulder, but rather hooked on her arm and they ended up dragging her for many yards before giving up and letting go of her purse.

Always have a purse with a strap (if you don't, you'll be prone to setting it down while you shop and it will become easy bait) and always wear it across your body (bandolier-style). If you are in a store where you use a shopping cart, either keep your purse on you or put it in the bottom of the buggy. Purses stashed in the child seat are easy to lift out. Obviously, never walk away from a buggy that has your purse in it, and if you are shopping with a partner (namely a man) make sure that he is one, aware that your purse is in the buggy and two, that he can't leave the buggy. Most women learn this from their mothers, but men aren't used to toting around something valuable. If he wants to go off, he needs to physically transfer the buggy back to your immediate possession; leaving it behind you while you scour shelves is not acceptable.

And one last thing: I know a lot of women (and even some men) who keep a handgun in their car for protection purposes. Laws vary by state, but in most cases, that is illegal. In TN you have to have a valid handgun carry permit on your person anytime you leave the boundary of your residence/property with a handgun--including when you are in your car. My fiance advocates that it's better to be carried by twelve than carried by six (twelve jurors versus six pall bearers), but at least know the risk you take if you chose to keep a gun in your car. Police do not need a warrant or even a good excuse to search your car. I always thought that the same rules applied to your car as to your house, but that is not the case.

softy
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   Posted 12/1/2005 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks moms tongue
Take care, Softy
 


dbab
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   Posted 12/2/2005 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
No problem hun... now, is your room clean??? tongue yeah
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Keriamon
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   Posted 12/2/2005 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you got on clean underwear? What if you were in an accident?

(It'd probably be dirtied!)
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