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  Copyright © 1997-1999,Peaceful Paths,LLC.(303) 233-8279 ã Email:shawn@peacepath.com ã www.peacepath.comThis document may be duplicated and distributed freely  ,on the condition that it is accompanied by our company name and contact information. a service of  4-99  Protecting yourself at home . . . . . . . . . . 4 General tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Houses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Apartments,condominiums,and dormitories . . . . . . . 7 Doors,locks,windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sliding glass doors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Second story windows & other entry ways . . . . . . . 14Building a safe room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Neighborhood watch groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Protecting yourself at work . . . . . . . . . . 18 What your employer should know. . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Bomb threats & emergency plans . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18Workplace violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Domestic violence in the workplace . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Sexual Harassment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Danger spots in the workplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21Workplace habits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22On the road . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Protecting yourself on the street . . . . . . 26 General tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Training for handling predators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26Physical preparedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Car safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Vacationing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 About alcohol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30  A word about deterrents . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Guns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sprays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31Other deterrents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32Personal alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33  A note for the elderly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34Rape prevention tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Surviving hostage situations . . . . . . . . . . 37  About Peaceful Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Contents  Welcome! Before delving into this treasure chest of safety tips,it’s necessary tounderstand a bit of rudimentary predator psychology.Whether you’redealing with prowlers,con-artists,or serial rapists,rarely do the heart-breakers and life-takers of the world pick their victims at random.Thiswould be much too dangerous,with a high risk of getting hurt or beingcaught.Instead,predators tend to pick their victims very carefully,and theyusually conduct their attacks in three stages: 1.Identify a likely target. During this stage,the predator hunts for vul-nerable prey.“Good victims” are usually unaware of their surroundings,or appear to have weak defenses.This guide will help you avoid givingthe impression that you might make easy prey. 2.Test the target.  To lower the risk of being hurt or caught,predatorsusually check the cooperativeness of potential victims.This can be donecovertly by observing the habits of potential victims and searching foropportunities to strike,or it could take on a covert form,such as verbalor psychological “tests”.This guide will help you avoid offering exces-sive opportunity in your daily habits. 3.Assault the target. Once the predator is reasonably confident thathe will be successful,he commits the assault.Unfortunately,it’s beyondthe scope of this guide to offer techniques for responding toviolence–our verbal and physical training courses address these com-plex issues.However,by following the tips and tricks in this guide,youwill substantially lower your chances of ever reaching this stage of theassault.Of course,you can never completely eliminate the chances of violent conflict,and that is why physical and verbal training is a vital partof any personal protection strategy.When you understand what predators look for in their prey,it’s much easi-er to avoid attracting them.With that in mind,onward to our safety tips...  Share your wisdom!   Share your favorite safe-ty tips with the rest of the world! Email youtips to: peacepath1@aol.comThey may be included in the next version of this booklet.If you have commentsor questions about thisbooklet,please contact us today.If there are specific sec-tions that you would liketo see added to thisbooklet–for example, safety tips for children– please don’t hesitate totell us. We hope you find Be Your Own Bodyguard useful! Feel free to copy and distribute thisbook to your friends.We ask you to bear in mind that the maintenance of this booklet and the accompanying website represent a sizeable investment of Peaceful Paths’time and resources.If this guide makes you safer,more street smart,or if it helps you recognize and avoid predators,the please help us to continue spreading this information by sending $3.50 to:Peaceful Paths1315 Estes,D-18Lakewood,CO 80215  Protecting yourself at home No home is completely burglar--proof,but by making your house a difficult target to assault,you can greatly lower your chances of being victimized.Strengthening your home,whether you live in a house,an apartment,or a condominium is amatter of looking for weaknesses the same way burglars do. General tips Case the joint! Start the process of fortifying your home by lookingat your house or apartment from a burglar’s point of view.“Case the joint” as a burglar would and look for weak spots in your defenses.Ask yourself,“how would I break into this place?” The tips in this book-let will help you strengthen weaknesses.Remember that burglars loveto work in concealment,and keep these questions in mind as you goconduct your search: ãAre your windows and doors hidden from the view of your neighbors? Avoid giving burglars privacy to work on break-ing into your home.Problem areas include windows or doorshidden by high hedges,lack of lighting,or entry ways that are hid-den from view,such as garage-to-house doorways or deep win-dow wells where a burglar can work undisturbed and unseen. ãDo you offer robbers easy access to loosely-guarded win-dows via trellises,downspouts,and utility poles? Some bur-glars specialize in 2nd-story entry or “balcony-hopping” wherethey move from one apartment to another by way of balconies.Don’t assume that a high window is a secure window.Once aburglar has made it inside,he can exit right through the frontdoor with your valuables. ãDo you display signs that you’re not home? Burglars oftenlearn the habits of their victims,and they know what a vacanthouse looks like.When you leave home,avoid the obvious pilednewspapers or mail.Timed lights and radios that turn on at thesame time every day are good,but alternating intervals are evenbetter.Most personal safety catalogs offer devices to control thetiming of several lights and appliances throughout the house.A single light that never turns off is a sure sign that the occupantsare not home. Peaceful Paths Personal Safety TrainingBe Your Own Bodyguard   Motes & alligators?  We’ve come a longway from the time of medieval castles forti- fied with physical bar-riers such as moatsand draw-bridges.Today,we have sophis-ticated alarm systemson our homes.But don’t be fooled intothinking that an alarmis enough.You stillneed to protect your home with actual physical barriers.Our nation’sWhiteHouse is an excellent example of a building fortified with physicalbarriers that don’t infringe on aesthet-ics–lots of lighting,open,unconcealed  spaces and entrances,and physical barriersthat the most skilled intruder would havetrouble breaching.The White Houseachieves all this whilemaintaining a friendly,open appearance.Page4
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