In light of recent tri-state area events, here are the top 10 personal safety tips for women from www.powertochange.com
TOP 10 PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FOR WOMEN
Have you ever felt frightened or intimidated when out walking alone? Have you ever wondered what you should do if approached by an attacker? Have you ever worried about becoming yet another home invasion statistic?
The sad reality is that we live in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is ever-present. Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone, but especially for women. Concerned about this state of affairs, Sgt. Darren Laur and his wife Beth Laur began teaching self-defence classes and safety seminars in 1993, and have since reached thousands of women. The demand they saw for reliable safety information, coupled with the need to debunk widespread myths regarding self-defence measures, convinced the two experts to write a book.
The following points are ten things that every woman should know about personal safety, and are covered in the Laurs’ newly published book, Total Awareness: A Woman’s Safety Book:
1. Awareness: Your first line of defence. Most people think of kicks to the groin and blocking punches when they hear the term “self-defence.” However, true self-defence begins long before any actual physical contact. The first, and probably most important, component in self-defence is awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies.
The criminal’s primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise. Studies have shown that criminals are adept at choosing targets who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. By being aware of your surroundings and by projecting a “force presence,” many altercations which are commonplace on the street can be avoided.
2. Use your sixth sense. “Sixth sense.” “Gut instinct.” Whatever you call it, your intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us, especially women, have this gift, but very few of us pay attention to it. Learn to trust this power and use it to your full advantage. Avoid a person or a situation which does not “feel” safe–you’re probably right.
3. Self-defense training. It is important to evaluate the goals and practical usefulness of a women’s self-defense program before signing up. Here are two tips:
a) The self-defense program should include simulated assaults, with a fully padded instructor in realistic rape and attack scenarios, to allow you to practice what you’ve learned.
4. Escape: Always your best option. What if the unthinkable happens? You are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him–be it in a car, or into an alley, or a building. It would seem prudent to obey, but you must never leave the primary crime scene. You are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you go with the predator than if you run away (even if he promises not to hurt you). Run away, yell for help, throw a rock through a store or car window–do whatever you can to attract attention. And if the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them one way while you run the other.
5. Your right to fight. Unfortunately, no matter how diligently we practice awareness and avoidance techniques, we may find ourselves in a physical confrontation. Whether or not you have self-defence training, and no matter what your age or physical condition, it is important to understand that you CAN and SHOULD defend yourself physically. You have both the moral and legal right to do so, even if the attacker is only threatening you and hasn’t struck first. Many women worry that they will anger the attacker and get hurt worse if they defend themselves, but statistics clearly show that your odds of survival are far greater if you do fight back. Aim for the eyes first and the groin second. Remember, though, to use the element of surprise to your advantage–strike quickly, and mean business. You may only get one chance.
6. Pepper spray: Pros and cons. Pepper spray, like other self-defence aids, can be a useful tool. However, it is important to understand that there can be significant drawbacks to its use. For example, did you know that it doesn’t work on everyone? Surprisingly, 15-20% of people will not be incapacitated even by a full-face spray. Also, if you’re carrying it in your purse, you will only waste time and alert the attacker to your intentions while you fumble for it. Never depend on any self-defence tool or weapon to stop an attacker. Trust your body and your wits, which you can always depend on in the event of an attack.
7. Home invasions: A crime on the rise. The primary way to prevent a home invasion is simply to never, ever open your door unless you either are certain you know who’s on the other side or can verify that they have a legitimate reason for being there (dressing up as a repair person or even police officer is one trick criminals use). In the event that an intruder breaks in while you’re home, you should have a safe room in your house to which you can retreat. Such a room should be equipped with a strong door, deadbolt lock, phone (preferably cell phone), and a can of pepper spray or fire extinguisher.
8. Avoiding a car-jacking. Lock all doors and keep windows up when driving. Most car-jackings take place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle (in the blind spot), and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat.
9. A travel tip. Violent crimes against women happen in the best and worst hotels around the world. Predators may play the part of a hotel employee, push their way through an open or unlocked door, or obtain a pass key to the room. As with home safety, never open your door unless you are certain the person on the other side is legitimate, and always carry a door wedge with you when you travel. A wedge is often stronger than the door it secures.
10. Safety in cyberspace. Although the Internet is educational and entertaining, it can also be full of danger if one isn’t careful. When communicating on-line, use a nickname and always keep personal information such as home address and phone number confidential. Instruct family members to do the same. Keep current on security issues, frauds, viruses, etc.
Indianapolis: An Evansville Trooper was honored this afternoon at an awards ceremony at the Indiana Government Center. Trooper Kylen Compton was presented the Department Combat Action Award for his heroic acts at an incident in Posey County.
On February 3, 2011, Trooper Compton, along with a Posey County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Montgomery, attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a Brandon McManomy, who was wanted for serious felony warrants. Trooper Compton confronted McManomy and attempted to take him into custody; however, McManomy stabbed himself twice and cut himself across the throat. McManomy fell to the floor while Trooper Compton and Deputy Montgomery attempted to handcuff him and control him. During the struggle, Deputy Montgomery was cut across his face while McManomy attempted to stab them both. Trooper Compton and Deputy Montgomery were able to secure McManomy in handcuffs.
We have received reports of people going door to door soliciting money on behalf of Albion Fellows Bacon Center. Albion is a shelter for women who have been the victim of domestic abuse. While they do accept donations, they do not encourage anyone to do so by going door to door. The following is a statement from the Director of Albion Fellows Bacon Center on how you can make sure your donation will be received by the shelter:
As a local nonprofit serving domestic and sexual violence victims, Albion Fellows Bacon Center has a long and trusted relationship with our community. It is out of that commitment to community that we hope to inform the public the safest way to support this agency. Albion does not encourage volunteers to solicit door to door for donations. If you are approached in this manner or approached for donation on the street, be advised that this is likely not an agency-supported solicitor. Albion does encourage individuals to give via their website, making an online donation or sending donations to P.O. Box 3164, Evansville In. 47731. If you are hoping to volunteer or raise funds on behalf of the agency or have questions about giving, please contact the Executive Director, Candice Perry, at 812-422-9372.
EVANSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE
AUGUST 20, 2014
Vanderburgh County – At approximately 12:03 this morning, Indiana State Police responded to a crash with injury on US 41 southbound at Lynch Road that injured an Evansville woman.
According to the investigating trooper, Cory Powell, 28, of Ft. Branch, was traveling southbound in a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander and rear-ended a tractor-trailer. Trooper Gramig detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on Powell’s breath. A series of field sobriety tests indicated Powell was impaired.
VCSO: Can you identify this fraud suspect?
If you have any info, please submit a tip here: http://www.vanderburghsheriff.com/tips.aspx#content or call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.
On August 18, 2014, at 8:45 a.m. The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible missing person. Gibson County Central dispatch was advised by the reporting party that personal items, including a pack of cigarettes and an alcoholic beverage were found at the Hazleton boat ramp.
Upon arriving on scene representatives from the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, Hazleton White River Fire Department, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources began a search to locate Dara “Sam” Fine, age 49 of Hazelton. Although there are no witnesses to Ms. Fine’s disappearance all evidence gathered on scene and at her home indicates that Ms. Fine entered the boat ramp area on her own free will, and possibly entered the water.
The Vanderburgh County Health Department is continuing to perform Adult Mosquito Control (adulticiding) in areas where significant mosquito or West Nile Virus activity has been found. A total of five sample pools of mosquitoes from surveillance traps collected within Vanderburgh County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. So far this summer there have been 18 counties in Indiana with positive sample pools.
Adulticiding operations will take place on the evenings of August 20 and August 21, 2014, weather permitting. Spraying will begin approximately at 8:00PM and conclude by 12:00AM (Midnight).
Posey County – Last night at approximately 8:50, Trooper Brent Gramig was patrolling SR 62 just west of Mt. Vernon when he stopped a motorist for traveling 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. When Trooper Gramig approached the vehicle he detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage.
The driver was identified as Nicholas Hurse, 33, of Evansville. A series of field sobriety tests indicated Hurse was impaired. Further investigation revealed Hurse had a BAC of .06%., but he also had marijuana and meth in his system.
Hurse was arrested and taken to the Posey County Jail where he is currently being held without bond.
Arrested and Charges:
• Nicholas Hurse, 33, of Evansville, IN
1. Driving While Intoxicated
2. Driving While Suspended
Arresting Officer: Trooper Brent Gramig, Indiana State Police
INDIANA STATE POLICE
AUGUST 19, 2014