& CIVIC DEFENSE PRIMER:
TACTICS, STRATEGIES & SURVIVAL
FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION THAT WE AT NORTHERN CRANE MARTIAL ARTS
ASSOCIATION FEEL THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD BE AWARE OF FREE OF
& CIVIL SELF- DEFENSE AGAINST CHILD ABDUCTIONS, MUGGINGS, RAPE AND
This part of the Northern Crane Web Page is
dedicated to disseminating vital civilian self-defense information including rape
prevention, child abduction prevention, home invasion security and
general crime prevention awareness information to our community at
large. Although it is great to possess this information, it is by
far not complete and can never take the place of true self-defense
oriented martial arts training of at least one year in duration or more.
Having said that, we at Northern Crane feel that it is our civic
responsibility if not our duty to make this information available to the
general public for free here.
For some people, regular training in
self-defense martial arts is out of the question for a variety of
reasons. In these cases we feel that the next best option is to become
as familiar as a person can be with this vital information and enhance
it with some basic awareness and avoidance skills.
Crime and Rape
Invasion and Burglary
- The Law
Regarding The Use of Deadly Self-Defense And A Brief Assault Report
CHILD ABDUCTION STATISTICS:
- Approximately 4,600 children
are abducted by strangers
(non family members) each year in the United States.
- Approximately 120,000 abductions
are attempted each year.
- Approximately 300 long term
abductions take place each year where the children are either
murdered, never found, or returned to their families for months or
- Approximately 438,200 children are
currently lost or otherwise missing.
- Approximately 354,00 children are
abducted by family members each year.
- Approximately 450,700 children run
away from home each year.
- Approximately 127,100 children are
thrown away each year.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO PREVENT
- Talk to your child frankly about
- Teach you child about AWARENESS &
- Don't hide what's out there from
- Make your child aware of how
abductors and molesters work and the techniques they use to get
- Enter your child around the age of
12 or not much older than 14 in a self-defense oriented martial arts
school like Northern Crane and keep them there until they graduate
from high school and leave home. This is the best survival education
your child can receive and is no less important for their survival
in our society than learning how to read, write and balance a
checking account. Younger than 12 can be
counterproductive, your child may not be mature enough
physically, emotionally, socially or intellectually for a true
martial arts program (for more information about this see our FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS tab). Older than 14 may be too late to prevent any
unwholesome peer pressure from taking hold of your child.
PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE WITH YOUR CHILD:
- Parents MUST know the families of
their child's friends.
- Fingerprint and have current
photographs of your children available.
- Children should use the buddy
system. Never allow a child especially under 12 to walk or
ride bikes alone anywhere other than right outside your home, night or day.
- Teach your child to always head
towards traffic when riding and on a side walk wherever possible.
This should be adhered to even while walking so that an abductor cannot drive up behind the child and
pull them into their vehicle without being seen in advance.
Teenagers and adults should always ride a
bike in the direction of traffic when on the road.
- Never allow a child to hitch-hike
or accept rides from friends unless you have given permission. You
also should never hitch-hike either.
- Never leave a child in a vehicle
when going into a store even if it's just for a few minutes.
- Give your child a secret CODE word
known only to family members in the event of an emergency. (Do not
use birth dates, Super Heroes, etc.). During an emergency if
someone has to pick up your child from school, a park, etc. they
must know the Secret CODE word for your child to go with them.
Otherwise always inform your child as to who will be picking them up
if someone else will be picking them up instead of you.
- Do not allow your child's name to
be displayed anywhere where an abductor may read it (lunch box, bike
license plate, etc.). When a child is called by their own name
it is easier for an abductor to get their initial attention and
- If anyone has to pick up your
child, they must know the secret CODE word for your child to go with
- If a strange vehicle or person
tries to approach, DO NOT GO NEAR THE VEHICLE! Keep walking or run
- If a strange vehicle approaches,
run in the opposite direction of vehicle or traffic.
- Teach your child there is NEVER any
reason why a strange adult needs the help of a child for ANYTHING
(asking for help finding lost or getting a closer look at puppies
and or kittens in the car are standard fare)!
- A stranger is ANYONE who a parent
has not approved the child to be with while the parent is not also
there. There are too many cases where children think a stranger is
someone who looks WEIRD rather than a regular or nice looking person
who may have bad intentions towards your child.
- Bus stops are common areas for
child abductors to use. They will tell the child the bus is
broken down or if the weather is inclement, that they can get out of
the elements with them.
- Parks are common lurking grounds
for abductors! Any child under 12 should be directly supervised and
those over 12 should always use the Buddy System.
- Never allow a small child to use a
public restroom alone! Always have them escorted.
- Always make sure you know where
your child is, with whom and when they will be returning.
- Teach your child at a young age how
and when to use 911. Disconnect the phone and pretend that you
are the dispatcher the child is calling.
- Make sure your child knows their
full name and yours, their complete address to your home and your
complete phone number. Also how to write them as soon as they
can. Drill them repeatedly until they have memorized these crucial
facts. This is very important since today
Smart Phones make it very easy to not have to memorize most
frequently used phone numbers.
- Let your child know that if ANYONE
touches them in their private areas that they should let you know.
That includes people they know or that you know; friends of the
family, relatives, clergy, teachers, coaches, scout leaders, ANYONE.
Never allow your child if under the age of 12 to be alone with any adult that you are not
absolutely comfortable with, this includes Martial Arts teachers,
which should not be an issue since Martial Arts training should not
be considered until the age of 12!!!
- Purchase and teach your children to
use small inexpensive yet good quality walkie-talkies to use outside
especially if you do not know your neighbors well. They
are now easily available, affordable and are great in case you get separated
from your child at a large public gathering such as a county fair,
mall, etc. They are a good idea any time your child is just
outside playing with friends next door or down the block. Cell
phones are also great in a bad situation, but much more expensive to
keep with a child.
- Cellular phones are a must for
teenagers but must be used correctly: To call you if anything
happens that they need you for, such as a ride home and to keep you
informed of any changes in their plans. Remember that a cell phone
won't help them against an abduction but it can keep them from
getting into a bad situation to start with.
- Teach a child that they must never
help a stranger in any way. Even a seemingly safe assistance such as
reaching for mail from a person in a car that may ask them to put it
into a mail box they may be standing near could be the last thing
- Abductors work in ingenious ways.
They might even call your home when your children are alone and say
that you have ordered a Pizza for them since you can't make it home
on time to make them their meal. That he'll be there in 5 minutes.
Will your child open the door to them?
- Teach your child never to tell any
stranger who calls on the phone when you are not present anything
other than: "My mom (dad) can't come to the phone right now.
Can I take your name and phone number? She (He) will call you
back as soon as she (he) can." If they don't give that
information to your child, the conversation is over...period. Be
very aware that with today's cellular technology, the person could
be calling from right outside with visual contact of your home. The less information given, the better. If they saw the parent
leave (It could also be a woman alone in the house, if your
husband has just left!) and you or your child lies, saying that they
are busy right now, they'll know. If you or your child tells them
the truth...that he or she has just left and might be gone for a
while...they have just received the information they were looking
for. A big opportunity to get you or your child. The best
option is again just to say that they are not available right
now but soon will be able to call them back if they give you their
- If your child becomes lost at any
public place, teach your child to look for a policeman, however,
chances are there may not be one just when your child needs one so
the next best thing is to go to the nearest mom they can see (any
woman with kids is easy to spot) and a safer bet than anyone else
that may be available. Always pick a very public, centrally located
spot to tell them to go to as soon as possible if or when you become
separated from them for any reason, especially if you do not have
walkie-talkies or cellular phones.
- Teach your child to yell that the
person they are screaming to get away from is not their Dad (or
Mom). Sometimes possible bystanders assume that what is going
on is a family argument and not a criminal abduction.
- Don't let your child accept gifts
from anyone not specifically approved by you.
- Don't allow your child to talk to
someone on the other side of a school fence. Teach them to run to a
teacher and inform them.
- Don't allow your child unrestricted
or unsupervised access to the internet on any computer. ESPECIALLY
CHAT ROOMS. Always know who your child is establishing a
relationship with on the internet (ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS). FACEBOOK
is a pedophile's best friend. Make sure you know what they are
- Observe curfews strictly with
teenagers, with girls always use even more strict guidelines, there
is wisdom in the traditional conservative ways like chaperoning or
supervising dates including after-prom parties.
You will not be adored by your child for these precautions but they
will thank you years later for caring enough about them to do this
for them. In the state of Maine, the location of this
association, the legal age
of consent is 14! Unbelievable isn't it. So if you don't want
to see your daughter have an abortion or have a child so early in
life and become responsible for the upbringing of that child, watch
your daughters carefully.
- Tough love works, it calls for
reading the riot act to your teenage child if they insist on
unwholesome or promiscuous behavior. Let them know up front
that if you are responsible for them, you have to have the authority
to discipline them. If they insist on their "legal"
rights, let them know they can always become wards of the
state instead and live in a group home. That should make them
understand that if you are to be 'responsible' for them you have to have
there can be no other way.
- Let your child know that with
privileges comes responsibilities and hold them to it. Maturity
comes from understanding and abiding by this principle.
- Always tell your child where
they should be, what time to be home by and to go directly home from
where they may be going to.
- If your child walks to school they
should always take the same route, go with them at first and let
them know where all the safe places and locations are where they can
take refuge if anything happens along the way. Do not allow them to
take unsafe short cuts across parks, etc. Check up on them
occasionally by following them at a distance.
- When walking on public streets
teach your child to walk in the middle of the sidewalk, away from
doorways, alley-ways and parked cars, especially vans, always if
possible against the direction of vehicle traffic.
- Do not allow your child to befriend
the children of unwholesome people. Know the parents of your child's
friends well! Never allow play dates unless you know exactly who
will be there. How well do you know the parents and the
siblings of your child's friend?
- Search and seizure laws do not
apply to parents, go through your child's belongings if you suspect
anything like drug abuse, etc. The unsavory characters
involved in drug trafficking to kids are capable of anything! Start
keeping your kids busy when they reach their teen years with
challenging and or fun after school activities such as sports or
wholesome clubs (hint: martial arts classes).
- Always let your child know that you
are doing these things because you love them and want to protect
EASY TECHNIQUES TO
TEACH YOUR CHILD
The following techniques for children
come from nationally acclaimed safety expert Bob Stuber:
Velcro technique: Children cannot only yell out
for help, they can grab hold of any adult available for help. This makes
the adult become involved in the situation in a manner that forces participation.
Windmill technique: If somebody is bigger and
stronger than the child, the child rotates his or her arm forward in a
big circle, preventing the would-be attacker from grabbing hold.
Bicycle Hug: If a would-be abductor attempts to
grab a child off a bike, the child can "hug" the bicycle,
making abduction difficult, if not impossible.
Techniques for a child inside an abductor's car
are also simple:
The first thing Stuber tells a child is to open the door and get out.
Children need to make a lot of noise at the very beginning of this whole
process, Stuber said.
If it's a four-door car, the child can jump
into the back seat and go out the back door really quickly.
3. The child is not going to get hurt at this
point. "He [the abductor] wants to get out somewhere by himself. He
may threaten the child, but he's not going to hurt the child right
there. That's not what this is about. That takes place later.
4. Another technique for a child inside the car
is to place an object in the ignition cylinder, where the key goes in.
It can be a stick. It can be a button off their clothing. Even bubble
gum works. Once they do that, they can't get the key back in.
If he or she can't get the key in to start the car,
this isn't going to go any further, and that's the key to the whole
thing, stopping it. If the car can be stopped or the potential
crime can be stopped in the neighborhood, then the crime is going to
come to an end.
Children placed in a trunk should be taught how
to disconnect the taillights by finding a panel in the back corner of
just about every car. Anybody can pull that panel off. Inside are the
wires. If you pull those wires, you disconnect the brake and taillights.
Now you have increased the odds 50 percent that the police will pull the
car over because it has no brake or tail lights; then they will hear the
Simple actions such as blowing a whistle are
among the strongest deterrents. It's all about common sense. It's all
about taking advantage of little opportunities as they present
themselves. And it isn't very hard for a child to do.
The FBI has a good website with the information
given hear. The unique part of the FBI site is that it is written for
kids to read: www.fbi.gov/kids/k5th/safety4.htm
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS BEEN
- Fear of certain places, people, activities
or if they do not want to be alone with certain people. A
child should never be forced to give affection to other people if
they do not want to. This avoidance may indicate a problem.
- Afraid to go to bed, constant nightmares or
other related sleep problems.
- Changes in the child's behavior, sudden mood
swings, fearfulness, withdrawal from things around them and
- Having an unusual interest in sexual matters
or acting out sexual acts.
- Rebellious or aggressive behavior.
- Regression or infantile behavior.
- Pain, itching, bleeding or rawness in the
- "Street Sense for Parents" by
Louis R. Mizell, Jr. (ISBN 0-425-14947-1)
HOW TO IDENTIFY A STRANGE VEHICLE OR
One of the key ways to help the police
to quickly apprehend a possible child abductor and get your child back
is to be able to give a good description of the suspect to the police.
Use caution, do not put yourself at risk by
approaching closer in order to obtain this information.
- Color or colors of vehicle.
- Type of vehicle (Make, Model...Ford
Pick Up, etc.).
- License plate numbers and State the
license plate is from.
- Anything else that might be used to
distinguish the vehicle such as: dents, rust, window tinting, etc.
- Race/nationality (White, Black,
Asian, Hispanic, Indian, etc.).
- Sex (Male/Female).
- Approximate age.
- Height & Build (tall, short,
thin, heavy set, etc.).
- Hair color & length, or lack of
hair (baldness), facial hair (mustache, beard, sideburns, clean
- Any other identifying marks such as scars,
tattoos, clothing style and colors (hats, jackets, coat, glasses
- Pets or companions with them and their
WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE TRIES TO
- Remember the word SKY (Scream/Kick/Yell).
These three things will draw attention to you and could save your
- Look for a person you know or a safe place
to go to. Run there and ask for help. Do not go towards your home
unless it close by and you know someone is there that can help.
- Stay near people if at all possible. Do not
run into an open field or wooded area.
- Do not go anywhere with the abductor no
matter what they may say. They are lying to you to get you to
come to a more private place where they can and will do anything
they want to you. Fight right there.
- When yelling for help in indoor situations
such as hotels don't yell HELP, yell FIRE, you are much more likely
to have people come out looking to escape a possible fire (and
discover your situation). Most people are unwilling or afraid
to become involved in a crime situation if they can help it.
- If a group of people are available to help,
pick out a person in the group and yell for help from that person.
When singled out, a person is much more likely to become engaged in
helping another. Most people, due to human nature, will prefer not
to become involved if at all possible.
THE 4 R'S:
- REACT: Don't wait, the moment someone starts
to threaten or grab you do something.
- RELEASE: Get away by using SKY.
- RETALIATE: Hit - strike, kick, knee, elbow or
punch hard to vulnerable places that will hurt much more like the
eyes, throat, groin, shins, etc.
- RUN: Get out of the area as fast as you can.
HOW TO AVOID
BEING THE VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME...ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A WOMAN:
VIOLENT CRIME STATISTICS:
1 out of every 5 men and 1 out of
every 4 women will most likely encounter a violent crime or dangerous
situation involving them in
their lifetime. This is a worse statistical chance than playing
Russian Roulette (1 out of 6 chance of shooting yourself with the
average 6 round revolver). Not too many people are crazy enough to
play Russian Roulette yet very few people are adequately prepared
against violent crime. Most just take their "chances"
and let fate take its course. How many people do you know who ride
in a car without a seat belt? Well guess what, your chances are
better there too.
Michigan Council on Crime and
Delinquency Study found that women are raped by:
- 10.6 % by strangers
- 24.9 % by acquaintances
- 30 % by steady dates
- 21 % by casual dates
- 8.9 % by family members
Department of Justice Statistics:
- 54 % of all women raped were 18
years old or younger
- 22 % were 12 years old
- 13 % were 12 to 17 years old
- 66 % of these assaults were
committed by persons known to them
- Evidence shows that every day from
1,500 to 1,800 women or more are raped in the United States. Many on
You must remember that once you dial
911 (if you are lucky enough to get a chance) a police officer will not
magically appear in a moment like a Genie from a magic lamp. It
takes time to dispatch and travel to where you are. The Police is
not there to protect YOU, they are primarily there to investigate crime
and bring criminals to justice. You must learn to protect
Three reasons some people are
easy targets for random acts of violence are:
1. Lack of awareness. You MUST know where
you are & what's going on around you.
2. Body Language - Keep your head up, swing your
arms when walking, stand straight up.
3. Wrong Place, Wrong Time
walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad neighborhood at night if
you can avoid it.
WHAT TO DO:
- The elbows and knees are the strongest
points on your body. If you are close enough to use them, do!
- Always go for the less guarded targets
first, feet and legs are best.
- Buy and learn to use a simple weapon you can
have with you at all times. Kubotan key chains are an excellent
choice. Large flashlights, pepper spray canisters or loud horn
personal alarms can be useful but be aware that any weapon can be
used against you easily if not used wisely and correctly. Always
seek competent instruction after purchasing them and develop the
minimum skill required to use them effectively.
- If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a
car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole
and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you but everybody
else will. This has saved lives.
- If you can reach the foot petals of the car
and it is on the road press the accelerator and cause a traffic
accident, your chances are much better that way and you will
definitely call attention to the situation.
- Your car is a very powerful weapon, if you
can use it, do!
- Always in traffic allow space between your
vehicle and the one in front of you for maneuverability, this has
prevented many a car jacking.
- Never overdress for a situation. You do not
need to wear all your expensive jewelry to go to the Laundromat!
- Wear your expensive diamond rings gem-in
when riding on public transportation such as subways and buses.
- Always check a taxicab's license and make
sure it matches the driver BEFORE getting in.
- People, especially women have a tendency to
get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just
sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc). DON'T DO THIS!
The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect
opportunity for him to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your
head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR,
LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
- Know where you are going and how to get
there, you don't want to get lost in a bad neighborhood.
- Always trust your instincts, if you think
you are being followed you probably are. Try this experiment:
Have 3 people stare at the back of an unsuspecting person at a
party. Time how long it takes for them to turn around (if they
aren't inebriated), less than 10 seconds is typical. There are
simple techniques you can learn in order to verify if you are indeed
being followed, if you insist on not believing your own instincts.
- If somebody is running after you throw your
purse or wallet in the opposite direction you are intending to run
to. If they
go for it, you know they don't want you.
- Have your keys ready before going out to the
car or leaving the car for your house door. Don't be caught
fumbling around for them when you get there.
- When getting into your car in a parking lot,
or parking garage: Be aware - look around you, look into your car,
at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. If it is a
supermarket and feel unsafe in the parking lot just ask for
assistance. An associate will typically escort you to your vehicle
and help you place your bags in your vehicle, all you need to do is
- If you are parked next to a big van, enter
your car from the passenger door. Many serial killers attack their
victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are
attempting to get into their cars.
- Get a cellular phone for your car and for
yourself especially if you are a woman.
- Program the speed dial of your emergency numbers on all of
- Look at the car parked on the driver's
side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting
alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into
the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
- ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the
stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect
- Never get into an elevator when there is
only one or two men already in it. Pretend to be waiting for
one going in the opposite direction and wait for the next one.
If a single or a couple of men get in while you are in an elevator,
get out and wait for the next one.
- If the predator has a gun and you are
not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a
running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL
NOT be a vital organ. RUN!
- Women are always trying to be sympathetic:
STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed.
- Always make sure that a policeman is really
a policeman if stopped on the road for no apparent reason. If
unsure, and especially if late at night in a rural area drive to the
nearest police station, they are usually in the center of town.
Don't be afraid of using a cell phone to call for police help, if
it's really them you have nothing to fear.
- Urinating, defecating or throwing up on
yourself by sticking your finger down your throat can take sexual
urges away from anyone.
- Never accept a drink of any kind from
someone unless you know exactly what is in it, it is even dangerous
to leave a drink unattended with a man you don't know well.
Many a date rape has occurred by the rapist slipping a drug into the
drink, then pretending his "date" is drunk and out of it
and taking them elsewhere under the pretense of being a true
"gentleman" to those present.
- It is always safer to double date when
involved in a "blind date".
- Never be alone with a date unless you know
- If attacked by a stranger in a public place
always alert those around you that the person attacking you is a
stranger to you and be specific in picking out someone to help you.
Psychologically people may assume that it may be a lovers quarrel
and not want to become involved. Also, if there are many witnesses
to the assault, no one will feel that it is their personal
responsibility to help, so be specific. For example yell out
something like "You there in the red baseball cap, call the
police, I don't know this guy." or "You three guys in the
Giants football jerseys help get this guy away from me, I don't know
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO
BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
(And better paranoid than dead.)
Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking, well educated man, who
ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a
cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle
or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
Pat Malone (a well known self-defense specialist) tells the story of his
daughter, who came out of a mall and was walking to her car when she
noticed two older ladies in front of her. Then she saw a police car
come towards her with cops who said hello. She also noticed that all 8
handicap spots in the area were empty. As she neared her car she saw a
man a few rows over calling to her for help. He wanted her to close his
passenger side door. He was sitting in the back on the driver's side,
and said he was handicapped. He continued calling, until she turned and
headed back to the mall, and then he began cursing at her. In the
meantime, she wondered why he didn't ask the two older ladies, or the
policeman for help, and why he was not parked in any of the empty
handicap spots. As she got back to the mall, two men stopped, and turned
to point at the car, the man was getting out of the back seat into the
front and the car sped away. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN THIS TRAP.
AWARENESS SKILL ARE IMPORTANT
HOW TO SAFEGUARD YOUR HOME AGAINST UNLAWFUL
ANYONE CAN FIND WHERE YOU LIVE
AND HOW TO
GET THERE IF THEY KNOW YOUR PHONE NUMBER
- Do question politically correct myths about
gun ownership. The statistics are false because they do not
take into account drug trafficking, drug addiction, alcoholism,
mental or personality disorders, unwholesome sexual promiscuity
(adultery), and gang related activities. If you and your
family do not fall into any of these categories the risks you will
be taking are indeed minimal and can be addressed through good
firearm use education. Primarily, do not let your child have access
to them without supervision. Teach all members of the family
to respect a gun the same way they respect the use of fire, gas
stoves, edged instruments and motor vehicles. All these are
potentially dangerous, yet also very beneficial when used correctly.
The NRA and local gun clubs are excellent resources to become
educated in proper use and care of firearms. States
where citizens can legally posses handguns and furthermore have a
legal right to carry a concealed firearm have violent crime, murder,
robbery and aggravated assault rates that are 27%, 32%, 45% and 20%
respectively lower than states that prohibit or severely restrict
it. (Reported by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and
Explosives) In comparison, Great Britain, where a broad ban on
handguns, most rifles and many shotguns took effect in 1997, the
violent crime rate has risen by a staggering 69%, murder 54% and
robbery by 45% since then. (Reported by the UK's Home Office)
- Dogs (any dog or breed) are wonderful and
inexpensive alarm systems when trained properly.
- Neighbors are a fantastic source of
security, know your neighbors well. If they are decent law
abiding citizens and most are, they will be your best defense
against burglars when you are not home. Let them know when you
will be away and have them take in your mail and newspapers if they
are delivered. They are more trustworthy than someone you
don't know. They can be a great asset with teenagers.
Neighbors who have teenage daughters should know they can always count on
knowing instantly if their daughters bring home male companions when
they aren't around.
- Neighborhood Watch programs are worth
getting involved with. If you don't have one, talk to your
police department, they will inform you on how to start one.
- Always leave outdoor lights on at night
around your home, not just when you are away.
- When away leave a vehicle parked in the
driveway if at all possible and set some interior light on timers.
- Remember, the more noise you and your family
makes in cases of break-ins, the more attention you will call upon
your home, this is a good thing in cases of break-ins because now
the perpetrator also has to worry about your neighbors.
- Never leave any door open or unlocked at
anytime unless you are within sight of it, including garage doors.
Dead bolt locks are best.
- Never open your door unless you know exactly
who is there. Send strange people away. If someone has
just left your home and someone knocks right after, never assume
that it was the same person who just left.
- Never allow service men of any kind in
unless you specifically called for them and they can verify who they
are. This includes policemen (police badges and uniforms can be
obtained easily enough). This rule is especially important in
- Never leave easily accessible windows open
or unlocked unless you have to.
- Never place outdoor plants or bushes in
places where a person can hide behind them near your house to either
enter it unseen from the road or surprise you when approaching your
- Always let there be good visibility between
your home and the street. The more private a home seems because of
woods, etc. the more likely it is to be the choice target for a
- If an alarm sounds or a well trained dog
barks for no apparent reason, the more you should be resolved to
investigate what is wrong.
- Never close your child's bedroom door or
your own when sleeping at night.
- Place objects that can easily fall and break
making plenty of noise on door handles and
window sills leading into your home or apartment, etc. The movie "Conspiracy Theory"
showed one very simple technique that can even be used in a hotel
room...balance an empty bottle open end down on a door handle, if
the handle is turned it will fall off and most likely break when
hitting the floor MAKING LOTS OF NOISE.
- Keep a good flashlight and a cellular phone
if possible (criminals have a habit of cutting phone lines before
entering homes) by your bed at night. Don't point the flashlight
directly in front of you, if possible hold it at arms length next to
- Don't turn on the interior lights when
investigating inside your home at night. You know the layout much
better than anyone else, let them stumble over something and give
away their position quickly.
- Call for help immediately, before
investigating if you know that chances are someone is there.
- Keep a small sized golf club or walking cane
or stick by your door in
your umbrella rack, they swing better than baseball bats with one
hand. Never go for the head first, always the legs first.
- Familiarize yourself with all potential
environmental weapons in the home, including bathroom mirrors that
can be broken with a towel wrapped hand creating a nice knife-like
weapon. Hair spray cans used with a small lighter can be used to
send a stream of fire into a perpetrator's face like a flame thrower
***have a can that is almost empty for this
use - do not use a full or almost full can since there is a small
but actual possibility that it could explode in your hand due to
'blow-back'***. Lamps, furniture, staircases, anything can
become a useful weapon in a bad situation.
- Create a "safe room" preferably on
each floor of your home where family members can hold out until help
can arrive. Bathrooms or rooms with good locking solid doors
are best. Take a cell phone in and have weapons already there
waiting or know how to make them from things already there.
- If you do own a gun and use it in the event
of a break in, make sure you inform the police when calling for help
that you have a gun and describe who you are and what you look like
and are wearing so you don't get shot by the police accidentally
mistaking you for the criminal.
- When the police arrive ALWAYS DO EXACTLY
WHAT THE POLICE TELL YOU TO DO.
- Drill your family for all kinds of
emergencies, including fire and break-ins. All family members
old enough to understand what to do should know in advance what to
do and how to do it.
Google has implemented a new feature
wherein you can type someone's telephone number into the search bar and
hit enter and then you will be given a map to their house. I tested it
by typing my telephone number in google.com.
(search-bar also) My phone number came up, complete with my
address and when I clicked on the MapQuest link, it actually mapped
out where I live. Quite scary. Please look up your own
number. Think about it--if a child, single person, ANYONE gives
out his/her phone number, someone can actually now look it up to
find out where he/she lives and how to get there from anywhere. The
safety issues are obvious, and alarming.
not a hoax.
MapQuest and Google Maps will put a
marker on your house on
your street as well as give detailed directions and maps on how to
get there from anywhere!
In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to:
or the google search bar
Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e. 555-555-1212)
(actually it will come up even if typed in as 5555551212 as well)
and hit enter. This will divulge your name and address
as it appears in your local phone book. You can easily then
use MapQuest or Google Maps which will use
the address to provide a map to your home or place of
If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private
simply click on the telephone icon next to your phone number. (You
might to click on the address, not the icon, to bring up the
form for removal.) I removed my name, which takes about 48
hours to occur. If you are unlisted in the phone book, you
might not be in there, but it is a good idea just to check. (I
tried an unlisted number and it did not work.)
Yahoo does not do the same,
however they do publish your address and directions in their Yahoo
Maps. It is a bit more complicated. It is a privacy violation so you
(Contact us) and follow directions there.
PLEASE BE SAFE AND NOT SORRY! JUST A WARNING TO
ALWAYS BE ALERT AND USE YOUR HEAD!!! FEEL FREE TO COPY AND SEND THIS
INFORMATION TO ANYONE WHO COULD USE IT WISELY, ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND
PARENTS OF SMALL CHILDREN.
If you have any questions regarding
anything discussed above please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This information has come into my hands from a variety of sources and
personal experience over many years of training and training others in
self-defense and martial arts. I am aware that some of my opinions may
not be politically correct but if this information saves
just one life I will be happy to take all the criticism anyone wishes to
hand out to me.
If you are interested learning self-defense
skills after becoming familiar with the important
information listed above simply contact us at the email listed above and
if you are within commuting distance of our facility we can get you
started on learning those skills. We are dedicated to
teaching simple, easy to learn and remember self-defense techniques that
might make the difference between life and death for you. If you live
far away we can help guide you to find an appropriate resource for you.
There is more information regarding this guidance in the FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS Tab on this website.
LAW REGARDING THE USE OF DEADLY SELF-DEFENSE AND A BRIEF ASSAULT
Enforcement Thoughts On Self-Defense:
Milwaukee County Sheriff
David Clarke Jr. said on Monday (1/28/2013) in a radio ad in which he
urges residents to take a safety course in handling firearms*** because
“calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”
Clarke doubled down on
CNN’s “Starting Point,” saying that there are certain instances
where calling the police would be of no use.
"There are certain
situations — and I think most people get that — where 911 is going to
be of no use. For instance, once the wolf is at the door, once the
intruder is inside your home, once you’re on the street and someone
sticks a gun in your face to take your car or your wallet, you don’t
have the option of calling 911,” Clarke said.
He continued: “In those
situations, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself.
It’s a public safety message, and I’m just here to let the people
know, give them the information as to what’s going on, and to give them
options, if you will, as to how to defend themselves in those
In the ad released earlier
this month, Clarke says: “I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk
to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a
spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers
laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your
He continues: “You can
beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can
fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety
course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get
there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re
partners now. Can I count on you?”
***But what if that firearm is
not readily available? How fast can one pull one out and bring it into
firing position? Empty hand self defense skills would be crucial in
buying the time necessary to utilize whatever weapon is available for
use. A firearm would certainly be preferable but any weapon that is
readily available and handy is the best weapon. You should always keep
in mind that when life balances on the next few seconds, the police is
still minutes away.
Police officers from
North Carolina to New York have stated the unfortunate truth about the
time it takes to respond to calls for help and what citizens can do
until officers arrive.
Among the comments:
"We try. We can't always get
there." - North Carolina
"Sometimes we can't be
anywhere at all because everybody's tied up."
- North Carolina
"Lock yourself in a bedroom,
start yellingand screaming." - Jersey City,
"Some people have dogs."
Yonkers, - New York
"go get some bleach. Go get
ammonia." - east Orange, New Jersey
"A rifle and shotgun is
actually for luxury." - Kew gardens, New York
"It's 2013. It's the
United states of America. You lock your doors and
you hope nothing happens." - New York City, New York
In June of 2005 the
United States Supreme Court ruled that police do not have any duty to
protect individuals from criminal acts. This ruling stemmed from a
legal case brought by a woman to the courts regarding a complaint to
police in Colorado that her estranged husband had kidnapped their
children. The woman stated that because the police failed to act, the
man was not apprehended before he killed all three children. The
court’s ruling indicates that police only have a duty to enforce
laws but not protect individuals.
REPORTED BELOW ARE A GOOD REASON TO CONSIDER MARTIAL
ARTS TRAINING. ANYONE OF THESE ASSAULTS COULD HAVE HAD A MUCH BETTER
OUTCOME IF THE TARGET OF THE ASSAULT HAD TRAINED FOR A PERIOD OF A
YEAR OR MORE IN A CURRICULUM SUCH AS THE ONE TAUGHT AT NORTHERN CRANE.
IF YOU DON'T THINK ASSAULTS LIKE THESE COULD HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY
OR TO YOU, YOU ARE SADLY MISTAKEN. THEY CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, AT
ANYTIME, TO ANYONE.
PA -- Twenty people were stabbed at Franklin
Regional High School. Nineteen of the victims were students, one was
a school security guard. The suspect, a sixteen year old sophomore
who went down the hallway flashing two kitchen knives around and
stabbing at will.
The attack ended when a student set the fire alarm off after being
stabbed in the arm and students rushed outside amass. Another
security guard, who was outside, rushed in and came upon his stabbed
supervisor and a vice principal who had the suspect on the floor
after tackling him from behind, trying to control and disarm him.
The supervising security guard was stabbed in the abdomen. Two
student victims were in critical condition.
From KDKA Pittsburgh
PA -- A 28-year-old woman was tortured in front
of two young children.
A pair of men
broke into the back door of the home and attacked the people inside.
Inside were the 28-year-old woman, her two-year-old daughter and
four-year-old nephew, her 54-year-old mother and an electrician
working at the house.
then tied up the adults at both wrists and ankles, beating up the
electrician for good measure, they demanded money. When they were
told that there was none, one of the attackers picked up a kitchen
knife, turned on the stove, and put the blade in the flame.
proceeded to burn the woman four times, on her face, both of her
arms and her stomach. Still
she refused to speak so the violence was escalated a couple of
up the woman's two-year-old daughter and threatened to kill her if
she didn’t say where the money was. She finally gave in and gave
up some money she had. So did her mother and the electrician. The
pair got away with nearly $4,000.
man armed with scissors stabbed and slashed a 2-year-old boy, his
father and three other people in a random attack at a popular park on
Manhattan's Upper West Side.
victims included a 36 year old woman who was stabbed in the chest and
was admitted to the hospital in critical condition, a 32 year old
woman who was slashed in the neck, a 36 year old man who was stabbed
in the stomach and the father of the toddler who is 35 year old was
slashed on the chest.
Police have a 43-year-old suspect in custody who is described as a man
who appears to be homeless and suffering from psychological problems.
From NBC New York
COUNTY, OR -- A woman was told by a 911 dispatcher
that authorities wouldn’t be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend
broke into her place due to county budget cuts.
Oregon Public Radio reported that the
unidentified woman called 911 while her ex-boyfriend was breaking into
her residence. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because
of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.
“Uh, I don’t have anybody to send
out there,” the 911 dispatcher told the woman. “You know,
obviously, if he comes inside the residence and assaults you, can you
ask him to go away? Do you know if he’s intoxicated or anything?”
The victim told the dispatcher that her
ex-boyfriend had attacked her in the recent past resulting in
hospitalization. The dispatcher was on the phone with the victim for
more than 10 minutes before the sexual assault started.
“Once again it’s unfortunate you
guys don’t have any law enforcement out there,” the dispatcher
said, according to Oregon Public Radio.
The woman responded: “Yeah, it
doesn’t matter, if he gets in the house I’m done.”
Police say the victim was choked and
Josephine County's Sheriff told Oregon
Public Radio: “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t have
another victim, if you don’t pay the bill, you don’t get the
From CBS Seattle
ANGELES, CA --
Three panhandlers were arrested Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a
young woman who was taking photographs on Hollywood's star-lined
"Walk of Fame," Los Angeles police said.
found the 23-year-old woman bleeding from multiple stab wounds near
the busy intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue at
about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
detectives say the woman and a friend were taking cell phone
pictures in the tourist-packed area where the three suspects were
holding signs and panhandling.
say the photos caused a dispute after the panhandlers demanded $1,
and the victim was stabbed in the torso.
woman later died at a hospital. She was identified late Wednesday as
Christine Darlene Calderon.
members told the Los Angeles Times that Calderon knew the Hollywood
area and sometimes spent time there with friends.
area, which saw an increased police presence Wednesday, attracts
beggars and costumed street performers who demand cash for posed
pictures with tourists.
mother, Yolonde Tassin, told the newspaper her daughter had
completed her GED and had recently registered for classes at El
Camino Community College.
plan was to become an engineer," Tassin said. "She didn't
want to waste years. She wanted to get in there and do it
of the Associated Press
NJ -- In a sleepy bedroom community during the
middle of a weekday morning, a young mother was watching television
while sitting on her living room couch with her three year old
daughter while her 18 month old baby slept upstairs when a 5'
11", 210 lb. middle aged black male kicked in the back door of
her home then proceeded to rob and assault her.
viciously attacked the young woman with innumerable punches, threw
her down on the floor and then ransacked the home for cash and
valuables. He then returned to punch and kick her some more while
she still lay half-conscious on the floor. To finish the assault, he
then dragged her to the basement steps and threw her down to the
basement. He then casually walked out the front door of the home.
The entire assault was captured on a nannycam.
From the New
York Daily News
PA -- A 15 year old boy that had just left a new
million dollar neighborhood Community Recreation Center in Brookline
after playing basketball was viciously attacked by two African
American teenage boys who beat him senseless in order to steal his
sneakers and achieve fame on the website "World Star" for
WorldStarHipHop.com which is considered to be a "shock
site". The attacked was captured on a cell phone camera held by
a third teen. One of the suspects is 15 and the other 17.
YORK, NY -- A 38 year old woman was critically
stabbed as she stepped off a subway car at the 59th Street Lexington
Avenue station in front of the lower entrance to Bloomingdale's
Department Store in the middle of the morning. The police department
stated that it appeared to be a random attack by a 31 year old
emotionally disturbed homeless woman. Witnesses say the victim was
busy looking at her cell phone then looked up and stared at the
suspect. The suspect stared back for a few seconds then lunged at
the victim from quite a distance, stabbing the victim with a long
kitchen knife in the shoulder and abdomen. The victim stumbled
into Bloomingdale's bleeding profusely and was listed in critical
condition after being rushed to the hospital. She is expected to
PA -- A
19-year-old woman was hit in the face with a brick as she walked
with her boyfriend near Temple University around 6 p.m. on Friday
when four girls, believed to be between 16 and 17-years-old,
approached from behind. One of the girls hit the victim in the face
with a brick while the three other girls tried to rob the victim’s
boyfriend. The suspects then ran and boarded a SEPTA bus headed
south on 17th Street. The victim was taken to Hahnemann University
Hospital where she was treated for dislocated teeth and other
injuries to her face. Temple University sent out a warning to
students Monday night, several days after Friday’s incident. It
references “multiple off-campus assaults on Temple students west
of Main Campus in the area of N. 17th Street” and also an
attempted purse snatching by a pair of juvenile girls.
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