Shopping is Great … Just Don’t be the Bait
…The Top 7 Precautions Criminals Want Women to NEVER Learn.
Its dark out. Its late. Youve
closed down the mall with your bags and packages in hand.
You did so good finding the terrific deals and gifts for your
loved ones. And with the kids not around, you were able to
accomplish a so much.
As your running the mental gift list in your
head, youre not aware that you didnt park under
Or who parked next to you. Fumbling with
the shopping bags, half-way through the lot, you start searching
for your keys, and then hear your cell phone go off
without warning someone approaches you
Are you at risk? What makes a woman a perfect target? Here
are 7 top tactics and weaknesses criminals who were interviewed
say they look for to take advantage of you. They arent
just for the busy holiday season either. Its all year
round. Dont fall for them anytime and you can protect
yourself from becoming one of the New Years next statistics.
1.Coming up to my vehicle, did I look around - aware of who
is near it? Am I walking my packages in a cart or carrying
them in my hand? Criminals interviewed say they want to attack
the woman who is walking alone and not aware of her surroundings.
Always put shopping bags in a cart. This allows you ample
time to react if someone is approaching you. If youre
carrying bags, this renders your hands useless to protect
yourself and gives a criminal a bonus. Remember
buddy system. Late night shopping always needs to be a girls
night out affair.
2.Are my keys already in my hand before leaving the store?
Again, awareness plays a huge part. Also, with a key in hand,
it can be a terrific weapon if youre suddenly grabbed.
3.Am I talking on the cell phone
fixing my hair
counting my change
writing in the checkbook
not paying attention? Paying attention is the key. Take care
of all that stuff in the store. NOT in the parking
lot, or outside of the vehicle.
4.Is there anyone loitering around my vehicle
are they suspicious enough to making me go back into the store?
Dont think your being silly. NO SUCH THING. Especially
when your safety is on the line. If youre not comfortable
with walking to your car, ask security to accompany you or
if there isnt security available, a store manager will
do it it is their job. Thats what they are getting
paid to do.
5.Is my vehicle in a well-lit area? Is it easily visible
to passer-bys? If I cant see my car really well, who
can? Criminals say they do not want to be noticed, recognized,
or slowed down in any way. If youre not easily seen
by others at a mall or store, that makes you a perfect target
for a criminal.
6.If I have automatic keyless entry, did I hit the unlock
making it easy for someone to get into
my passenger side door? Get into the habit of opening just
your drivers side door. New technology is wonderful
when youre with others, loading packages, during the
day. But, at night when your field of vision is limited, dont
take any chances. Criminals are hoping that youll make
their job easier for them.
7.If I am approached by someone no matter how much
help I need, its OK to turn them down. Remember, criminals
will do and say anything they can to gain your trust. DONT
FALL FOR IT!!! If a stranger wants to help you with your bags,
tell them no, thank you. If they still insist, tell them no
again. Criminal interviews revealed that they will try to
play on a victim heartstrings to get access to the vehicle,
a purse, or for the vehicle keys - and move-in for the attack
when trust is gained and its at least expected.
If you are unable to load packages into your vehicle, ask
help from the store they would be glad to help. Its
Want more? To keep up to date with criminal tactics and learn
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for more ways to protect yourself and what we need to teach
our mothers and daughters about safety.
About the Author:
Michelle Annese is a 3rd degree Black Belt with 15 years
of experience in the martial arts. She teaches programs and
seminars around the country. Ms. Annese was inducted into
the martial arts hall of fame in 2000. Ms. Annese is the author
of "The Realtor Survival Guide". For more safety strategies
go to www.michelleannese.com