Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Trying to Be Safe in a World Full of Craziness
What a tragedy in Omaha yesterday! My heart is broken for those families and the community in general. Unfortunately, some people, in their own despair and anger, use this season of the year to disrupt the lives of others. I'm sure you are joining me and others as we pray for all concerned.

I received the following information in an email. It comes from a member of the local Board of Paroles and Probations. I think it is a good reminder to us to be aware and protect ourselves from some of the danger that is around us as we innocently go about our business. Using these tips would not have changed anything in that mall yesterday. But some other dangerous situations might be diverted if we are more aware of our surroundings and follow these and other safety suggestions.

"This is good information for all of us. In our criminal justice meeting this morning, which includes Chief of Police, DA, judges, etc. We are suggesting that
women carry money and a credit card and driver's license in our pockets in a small coin like purse on our bodies when we go shopping and stop carrying purses, especially during this season. From our records it is obvious it would be a good thing to do all the time. You would faint if I told you the number of these cases the police are dealing with daily. They hardily recommend not carrying a checkbook at all because that is even more valuable to thieves than your credit cards. It has your bank number and usually your address and phone number. Put your keys in your pocket. Clip your cell phone on your waist. Be alert at all times! Don't pop your trunk from a distance or unlock your car until you can reach out and touch the door, then get in quickly, lock the door and leave. Women have a bad habit of sitting in their car doing their makeup or deciding what is left on their shopping lists or talking on the phone. Pull out and move on. Valet parking is your best friend.

Just a little friendly parole board guidance for those I love. This is what we are telling all our female officers who are on the dangerous streets all day and what the justice professionals are telling their female family members."

Just some suggestions. I'm sure you have heard similar tips. Please share with us in comments or at your own place. Let us know if you post on this subject so we will be sure to come read. Let's help each other stay safe.

  posted at 10:17 PM  

At December 6, 2007 at 10:09 AM, Blogger Cherdecor said...

These are good rules to follow. Be safe!

At December 6, 2007 at 12:31 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

Very good suggestions. I think we all get too secure in our own little world. We think nothing can happen to us, so we become lazy. We all need to be on the alert at all times.

At December 6, 2007 at 2:20 PM, Blogger Robin said...

Very good advice. It's just so sad that we have to resort to being so careful.
My heart goes out to the people of Nebraska too. How sad.

At December 6, 2007 at 5:54 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Some very smart tips and many that I already follow! As you say, these days you just can't be too careful, there are so many weirdos out there. I was so saddened when I heard of that gunman killing 8 people in that mall in Nebraska before killing himself...what has our world become?!! xoxo

At December 7, 2007 at 11:02 AM, Blogger ellen b. said...

My sister in law's wallet was stolen just last week at Costco. The only problem with not carrying a purse for me is all the added stuff in our lives like a cell phone, sunglasses, and now that I'm blogging the digital camera! :)


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