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Vacation time is here whether you are staying at home, planning a road trip or camping, or going up up and away!

As you make your plans, discuss Situational Awareness with your family.  Remember, criminals hide in plain sight.  Police response is normally 7-11 minutes if you are home.  If you are away, it can take longer.  Consider having a non-lethal safety tool for that 'just in case' moment.

It is a good idea to not post vacation plans on social media including your family and friends.  Criminals absolutely LOVE to rob you while you are gone, and social media is one way they find out that you are not home.  Most smartphones and many digital cameras automatically attach the exact location where a photo was taken - and when you share it online, the geotag can give away your address and let criminals know that you are on vacation, which could make your home an easy target. 

Staying at home to celebrate summer is a great way to relax and have family time - enjoying a picnic at the park or going to the beach.  Be mindful of who is around you; picnic areas, playgrounds, walking/bike paths and bathrooms.  All eyes on board is good practice.  If your child needs to use the bathroom, go with them.  Sex offenders hang out near and in public bathrooms looking for children whether they are girls or boys - and women too. 

If your children have their own summer plans, have a 'safe word' that you agree on and keep it private between you.  Should a stranger approach them and they ask what the safe word is, and the person does not know it, run and get help! 

You might be going on a road trip or camping.  While traveling be cautious at rest stops.  Practice safety in numbers going to the restroom if possible.  Check out the other cars; i.e. someone sitting there just watching, especially if you are in an isolated area, or someone approaches you that makes you feel those red flags of potential danger.  Criminals have an abundance of tricks up their sleeve; car breakdown, out of gas, out of money, asking for a ride.  It is important to let your family and friends know where you are and check in frequently.  Pack an auto emergency and first aid kit, flashlight, wind-up radio, food and plenty of water.  Also consider packing an additional backpack in case you have an emergency in an unpopulated area and need to find help.  Is your spare tire pumped up and ready in case of a flat?

Up up and away?  When traveling we are easily distracted enjoying the experience.  This is what criminals are looking for.  Again, they hide in plain sight.  Keep your personal effects that you carry to the bare necessities.  Keep your jewelry at home.  

Damsel in Defense has non-lethal safety tools for you no matter where your summer travels take you.  Consider what you might include to keep you and those you love safe as you make your plans and start packing.    


Think about that 'what if' situation and consider your 'just in case' safety tool.  


Better to have it and not need it right??

The Safety Advocate 



As is my habit, when I go to the gas station, I lock my van and take my keys.  This morning there was a car parked at the next row of pumps, facing the opposite direction from me, his driver's door open as he stood there and watched me, talking on his cell phone.  He wasn't speaking English so I had no idea if he was talking about me.  It was really creepy and I continued watching him in my normal vigilant manner.  I had my Pepper Spray, set to 'on', and a Kubotan on my key ring.   It was empowering to know that had there been advancement toward me, I would be able to protect myself.  I watched him as he finally drove away, and he was still watching me.  Sound paranoid?  Nope.  Sometimes the most dangerous situation is the one we didn't prepare for.  I was prepared.  Think about your own personal safety performing this simple task of pumping gas.  Do you have something on you, ready to protect you from danger?  How about your family and friends and their safety?  This is no joke. 

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Many of us have vivid memories of a safe world. Our children would go out to play or go to a friend's house after school. The general rule was to be home before dark. We left our doors unlocked and if someone came to the door, it was usually a neighbor or Avon calling or another familiar business that we invited in.  We once walked down our streets enjoying the day and we even left our cars unlocked. Today our personal safety is a concern, whether we're at home, walking down the street, in a parking lot, on a road trip or in a hotel room.  Our world has changed.

It is a daily occurrence that we see a personal tragedy on TV; abductions, children being stolen into the sex trafficking trade, assaults, robberies and the absolute worst – a murder. These crimes are occurring every day in every corner of our beautiful country and the frequency is startling.  These victims didn't think it could happen to them - but it did.

Today we have burglar alarms on our cars and in our homes and businesses. We have security doors and need to feel cautious should someone come to our door.  Parents drive their children to school to keep them safe.

The statistics are concerning:

• One in five women will be assaulted in their lifetime
• College-aged women are four times more likely to be assaulted
• One in three women are victims of domestic violence
• 60% of home invasions happen in the daylight hours

Practicing safety requires vigilance and awareness of our surroundings. The use of cell phones, either texting or talking, and wearing ear buds is what a predator is looking for; someone that is distracted. Awareness is our most important defense for safety – our Gut Instinct.

Think about your own personal safety and the safety of those you love.

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