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Personal Safety Archive - - page 2

Is Your Children’s School Prepared for a Disaster?

The decision which school your children will attend can be very complicated, or very simple. Sometimes the decision is as simple and direct as which school is closest to your home. Other times the decision involves the availability of before or after school care, tuition costs, programs for sports or academics, special needs, or religious considerations. But how many parents choose their children’s’ school based on that school’s disaster preparation?  

Don’t Be A Target: 5 Easy Driver Safety Tips

Most of us think of our car as a private sanctuary, and tend to forget that just as we can look out, the public can look in. Because we consider ourselves in a safe little bubble, we often forget about commonsense car safety tips that every driver should follow. We’re often reminded to fasten our seat belts, warned against driving and texting, and to recruit a designated driver if we’re spending an evening where cocktails are served. But too often, we neglect to consider the common, every day driver safety tips that will make our time in the car more secure. The following car safety tips remind us that staying safe is often simply starting good habits.  

Inexpensive Home Security Gadgets and Devices

The Chicago Police Department recently held a 'Keeping it Real' burglary prevention session and invited four low-level criminals to speak to area residents about home security and preventing burglaries. Some of their advice may surprise you – not because it’s so hi-tech, but because it’s so simple. The number one deterrent to burglary identified by these former house burglars? A nosy neighbor!  

Threat Assessment and Risk Analysis Consulting

Threat Assessment and Risk Analysis are used by businesses, organizations, schools and communities to

  • evaluate the security of their people, operations and facilities
  • implement strategies and systems to keep people and property safe from harm
The best way to prevent harm to your people and operations is taking proactive steps to identify potential threats; and to establish policies and procedures that your team is trained to implement in the face of a threatening situation. Trained, prepared staff and tested, well-defined procedures can prevent an incident before it happens, minimize a safety or security episode, and manage a harmful event that occurs to protect the welfare and safety of your people.  

Back to School Safety Tips

It seems that summer vacation just started… and now we’re preparing to go back to school. Sending children off to school is both exciting and frightening for parents. You can prepare your children for the school year with some basic school safety tips that will help them make better choices and give you some peace of mind.  

Tips for Your Neighborhood Security Watch:

Professionals and Volunteers Working Together to Protect our Community

All eyes return to Florida as the George Zimmerman murder trial begins to try and determine the facts in the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. But certain facts are not in dispute:
  • George Zimmerman was a volunteer on neighborhood watch patrol
  • George Zimmerman was carrying a legally registered and permitted gun
  • Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old who lived part-time in the neighborhood Zimmerman was patrolling
  • George Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin, was suspicious of his actions, called 911, and followed Martin through the neighborhood
  • Trayvon Martin died from shots fired by George Zimmerman’s gun
These undisputed facts are enough to put fear in the hearts and minds of every parent, and every neighborhood association. What should have been done differently? Who started the confrontation? Was Martin suspicious merely by the facts of his race and hoodie? Was Zimmerman a zealot, or a conscientious volunteer who was protecting his neighborhood?  

Fireworks Safety Tips

Every year on July 5 we hear stories about children, teens and adults who are injured by legal and illegal fireworks. 4th of July is a time of celebration: but there is nothing to celebrate in the annual injuries, fire and destruction caused by careless and irresponsible use of fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 total structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated eight reported civilian deaths, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.
  • In 2011, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,600 people for fireworks related injuries; 61% of 2010 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the head.
  • The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 5-19, and adults 25-44, in an atypical year of a very comparable risk across much of the population.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Summer Security Tips

Seasonal changes bring changes to your security needs, and summer brings special security issues for both businesses and homes. Are you prepared for summer security needs?

Business Summer Security Tips Kids on vacations, tourists, summer sales and extra leisure time can all lead to increased profits for businesses during the summer months… or they can lead to increased crime including theft and vandalism. By planning ahead your business can be prepared for summer security needs.  

Chicago Security Cameras: Too Many – Or Not Enough?

Recent events continue to demonstrate that security needs and issues have changed dramatically in our post-9/11 21st century: and the publics’ concerns regarding privacy have also evolved.

  • credit card data theft
  • Facebook and online privacy
  • consumer privacy
  • cyber security
  • government “Big Brother” intrusion
  • full-body airport screening

Personal Safety Tips Learned from “The Call”

The Halle Berry thriller “The Call” is a not only entertaining cinema; it’s also full of personal safety tips and lessons for teens, shoppers, women and anyone who is home alone, traveling alone, or finds themselves in an isolated area. Cell phone use can lead to becoming a victim: or help you prevent becoming a victim.