Archive for November, 2011

Holiday Safety Tips

Friday, November 11th, 2011
It’s been said to death, but here it is again, please be safe this Holiday Season.  We all get in the Holiday spirit and forget about the safety aspect. If nothing else, Please BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS!
 
Weekly Tip – Personal Safety

 

Our personal safety is something that we should always be considering, especially when out in public. The shopping season is quickly approaching and you may be out and about on a more frequent basis. Here are some tips and thoughts on steps you can take to help maintain your personal safety:

Awareness & Avoidance – Not enough can be said for being aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park, DO NOT settle into a fog and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around. Scan the area before you head out. Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious persons parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store, and report the activity and your observations to security or store staff.

Be a Good Witness – If you see a crime or fall victim, be the best witness you can be. Without good suspect descriptions it is difficult for police to conduct follow-up, apprehend criminals, and hopefully, help prevent others from becoming future victims. Basic physical descriptions such as hair color and style, height, weight and build, clothing color and type, suspect vehicle description and license plate, direction of travel, are all things that a responding police officer will ask for. Try and make note of anything specific to the suspect such as tattoos, scars, piercings or perhaps damage in a particular location on a suspect vehicle.

Consider the Stakes – If this is a property crime and you are in fear for your safety, give up the purse, the wallet, the car. Your personal well-being is much more valuable than your property. Property can be replaced, you can’t.

Make a Scene! – Drawing attention to yourself, and more importantly, to the suspect, can not only deter the crime but also bring forward other witnesses and possibly help. Yell, scream, use a whistle, run away…

Don’t be a Target – Walk with a purpose and look about surveying your surroundings. Carry your keys and whistle in your hand, not buried in your purse. This allows you to immediately open your vehicle, set off your car alarm if needed, or perhaps use the keys to slash at your attacker if you are being physically assaulted. Keep your purse tucked under your shoulder, not dangling down or sitting unattended in a cart.

Query the topic of personal safety on-line. There are many quality sites that offer additional advice and products that can bolster your safety. Best overall advice…Awareness and Avoidance!

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Scary Statistics

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Wow, If you or someone you know and care about is going off to college, it might be a good idea to share this information and maybe take some sort of self defense weapon like a pepper spray or stun gun.

 

"1 in 4 women in college today has been the victim of rape, and nearly 90% of them
knew their rapist."

I Never Called It Rape, Robin Warshaw

  • 60% of male college students “indicated some likelihood of raping or using force in certain circumstances.”
  • Men in fraternities appear to engage in more non-physical coercion and use of drugs and alcohol as a sexual strategy than do independents.
  • Every 21 hours there is another rape on an American college campus.
  • 90% of all campus rapes occur under the influence of alcohol.
  • Men are more likely than women to assume that a woman who drinks alcohol on a date is a willing sex partner. 40% of men who think this way also believe it is acceptable to force sex on an intoxicated woman.
  • Alcohol use at the time of the attack was found to be one of the four strongest predictors of a college woman being raped.
  • 43% of college men admit using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman’s protest; using physical aggression; and forcing intercourse; 15% acknowledged they had committed acquaintance rape; 11% acknowledged using physical restraint to force a woman to have sex.
  • College rape victims receive external physical injuries in over 47% of all rapes.
  • Of the college woman who are raped, only 25% describe it as rape.
  • Of the college women who are raped, only 10% report the rape.
  • College women are most vulnerable to rape during the first few weeks of the freshman and sophomore years.
  • One in twelve college-age men admit having fulfilled the prevailing definition of rape or attempted rape, yet virtually none of these men identify themselves as rapists.
  • 34% of completed rapes and 45% of attempted rapes take place on campus. Almost 60% of the completed campus rapes that take place on campus occur in the victim’s residence, 31% occur in another residence, and 10% occur in a fraternity.
  • 3/4 of off-campus rapes and 7/8 of on-campus rapes involved perpetrators who were known to the victims.
  • 78% of the men identified (as rapists) were an acquaintance, friend or boyfriend of the victims.
  • Most rapes occur on the weekend.
Resources:

Journal of Research in Personality
Social Contexts and Social Learning in Sexual Coercion and Aggression: Assessing the Contribution of Fraternity Membership
National College Health Risk Behavior Survey
Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse
Journal of American College Health
Virginia State Council on Higher Education
Fisher, Cullen & Turner, 2000
Warshaw, 1998


Woman Escapes Her attacker

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

These are the kind of stories that bring a good feeling. I’ve been selling pepper spray and stun guns since 2003 and it brings a sense of purpose when I see that it actually helped someone escape a rape or attack.BY

 

STAN FINGER

The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA | A 23-year-old woman used pepper spray to fend off a would-be rapist in her west Wichita home early Friday morning, police said.

The woman told officers a stranger came into her house through an unlocked back door shortly before 1 a.m. near Central and St. Paul. He then put a towel over her face and began to assault her, police reports indicate.

At some point during the attack, police said, she was able to reach some pepper spray and use it on the attacker, who immediately left through the rear door.

She suffered visible bruising to her legs, buttocks and back, according to a police document.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/28/3234818/woman-fends-off-attacker-in-wichita.html#ixzz1cOZtbGDv


An Alternative to Pepper Spray?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I hope they can find an alternative to pepper spray,  I would really be interested in seeing this. 

 

Parents want pepper spray alternatives

Norfolk Schools reviewing policy

Updated: Friday, 28 Oct 2011, 8:23 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 28 Oct 2011, 7:44 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The use pepper spray to break up fights in schools has been in the spot light all week. Now, Norfolk school officials are reviewing the way they handle fights. And one parent says he knows a better alternative to pepper spray.

Reverend Glen Jones of Trinity Word of Faith Baptist Church in Norfolk doesn’t believe violence is the answer to violence. He wants Norfolk Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Bentley to speak with him and other parents next week.

"We’re not teaching them anything, all we’re teaching them is the brutality of the system. I don’t think that’s what our public schools are about," Jones said.

Trinity Word of Faith Baptist Church is scheduled to hold an open meeting where they will talk about the pepper spray policy and possible alternatives.

Norfolk is the only school system’s whose guards carry pepper spray.

"If the other cities can adopt a policy where there’s no pepper spray why does Norfolk always seem to be the outcast on everything," Jones said.

School administrators explained the policy is necessary, but that it also hasn’t been reviewed since 2004.

"If you have to take it to that magnitude for fighting, I think that’s a little unjust and a little demeaning," Jones exclaimed. "To me that is a type of abuse."

The meeting will be held on November 5 at 10 a.m. The church is located at 2808 Ballentine Boulevard.


Bear Climbs a tree to get at her!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Wow,  what a wild story.  I saw this article and couldn’t believe a bear would come after someone 20’ in a tree and to climb that fast is quite amazing.  Would have been an opportune time to have a canister of bear spray handy.  You’d really hate to kill the momma bear leaving the cubs to fend for themselves. 

 

By Dave Orrick
dorrick@pioneerpress.com

Updated: 10/27/2011 11:52:50 PM CDT

Lisa Lang said the bear who attacked bounded up to her tree stand in three leaps, bit and lingered until her husband Jeff approached. (Courtesy of Lisa Lang)

A Wisconsin deer hunter was recovering at home Thursday after a bear attacked her this week in Polk County.

Lisa Lang, 28, of Clam Falls was bitten in the leg when the bear climbed 20 feet to her tree stand Tuesday. Lang escaped when the bear retreated, but her wound required 40 stitches.

Bear attacks are rare, but this one featured such uncommon circumstances that several black bear experts said they couldn’t recall any quite like it.

Lang said she was bow hunting about 6 p.m. on the edge of a freshly mowed, family-owned cornfield. A deer decoy was about 20 yards in front of her. Her husband, Jeff, was about 120 yards away in a tree stand across the field.

Lang said she saw a mother bear and four cubs enter the field some 70 yards to the side.

"The cubs were all playing, just moving along, and then when they got close to the decoy, they sort of got spooked or something," she said. "I started hearing different noises and growling."

Lang said she didn’t think the bears were aware of her.

"I think if they didn’t get startled by the decoy, none of this would’ve happened," she said.

The Langs said they believe they had seen the family of bears in the past several years but never had any problems.

One of the cubs bolted from the decoy – and up a tree just a few yards from Lang’s stand.

"He was eye level with me," she said. "Then the sow came over and spotted me."

She and her husband estimated the bear to be more than 400 pounds.

Often,



for protection in case of a bear encounter, Jeff Lang carries a sidearm, and Lisa does occasionally. But neither was armed Tuesday.

Lisa Lang, who has been hunting for six years, said she quickly considered her options, including loading a bow for a possible shot or making noise, a common tactic to scare off a black bear.

She chose to yell at the mother bear.

"She just bounded up the tree in three bounds and grabbed my leg," Lang said.

After a few seconds, the bear released its jaws from below Lang’s right knee. But it remained on the tree long enough for her to scream to her advancing husband: "I’m bit and she’s still in the tree!"

The bear retreated to the base of the tree but paced around it. Lang decided against loading her bow and firing, fearing a nonfatal wound might further anger the bear.

"Besides, I couldn’t think to draw my bow," she said. "It was sheer panic."

As Jeff Lang approached, the bear backed away, allowing his wife to climb down from her stand and flee across the field with him. The cub remained in the tree the entire time.

Bear experts said the circumstances of the attack were so unusual that it wasn’t appropriate to second-guess any of Lang’s actions.

In general, black bears – the only kind found in the region – are timid. If a bear enters a campsite or picnic area, acting aggressively to scare it off is recommended.

Sows protecting cubs are more aggressive, however. Lynn Rogers, a biologist with Wildlife Research Institute and the North American Bear Center in Ely, said it’s possible that when Lisa yelled at the bear, it made things worse.

"The more aggressive she was, the more of a threat the mother would have thought she was," Rogers said.

Rogers said that while attacks of any kind from black bears are extremely rare, there’s some limited evidence to suggest black bears might be more willing to attack when a person is up a tree because black bears have evolved to be more comfortable in trees than on the ground.

"But this is so rare," he said of Tuesday’s attack. "Most mothers are not nearly that aggressive."

Kevin Harter, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the bear seems to have acted within the "realm of understandable bear behavior." As such, there is no plan to go after the bear, although he said wardens will keep an eye on the area.

"It’s Bear 101: Never come between a sow and her cubs," Harter said. "In this case, of course, it’s completely an accident."

Lang said she respects the DNR decision. She said she plans to hunt again at some point, "but it’ll probably be more with firearms."