How to Be Safe: Protect Yourself, Your Home, Your Family, and Your Business from Crime

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How to Be Safe is the most comprehensive safety and security manual on the market, encouraging individuals to take a positive, preventive approach to their own safety.

 

This well-researched reference, written by the founder and chairman of Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest security service companies, shows you how to protect yourself from crime even when challenged by the greatest odds.

 

Jam-packed with unique tips and handy ...

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Overview

How to Be Safe is the most comprehensive safety and security manual on the market, encouraging individuals to take a positive, preventive approach to their own safety.

 

This well-researched reference, written by the founder and chairman of Guardsmark, one of the world’s largest security service companies, shows you how to protect yourself from crime even when challenged by the greatest odds.

 

Jam-packed with unique tips and handy guidelines to deal with muggers, burglars, stalkers, and worse, HOW TO BE SAFE reveals what attracts criminals to you, your home, your loved ones, or your business and provides the proven tactics to scare them off. From securing your home with tips from the professionals to protecting your investments and arming your computer with the best virus-protection software, the information inside will help you stay one step ahead of even the savviest criminal minds. If you’re concerned about becoming a victim of crime, keep this book handy and follow its practical and personally relevant advice. Learn the secrets of the security pros and discover how to…

 

·         Secure your home while on vacation.

·         Establish a safe workplace.

·         Protect kids from violence and bullying.

·         Stay safe when jogging, shopping, or taking mass transportation.

·         Detect an unsafe college campus.

·         Avoid Internet scams and e-mail traps.

·         Select a safe nursing home or daycare center.

·         Deal with sexual assault and stalkers.

·         Respond to a terrorist attack.

·         And so much more!

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Editorial Reviews

-CARL LEVIN
“ Public officials at every level of government are working hard to protect our citizens from the damage that crime can do in our communities. This timely and comprehensive new edition of HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CRIME by one of our nation’s most knowledgeable security experts is a valuable guide...."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606521694
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 5/24/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ira A. Lipman is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and owner of Guardsmark, a privately held security services company with 153 branch offices in the United States of America, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and France. Known for its innovative security concepts and rigid standards of excellence, Guardsmark is one of the world’s largest security service companies. In 1992, Time magazine cited Guardsmark as the company “which many security experts consider the best national firm in the business.” In 2002, Ira Lipman won both the Corporate Citizenship Award from the Committee for Economic Development and the Stanley C. Pace Award for Leadership in Ethics from the Ethics Resource Center. He has written for the public on a wide range of security topics and contributes regularly to the professional literature of the security field. He is also the editor and publisher of The Lipman Report, a specialized monthly management newsletter. He has served on the boards of more than 40 organizations and holds membership in numerous others.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xii

Introduction xiv

Part 1 Security in Your Home 1

1 Doors and Windows 3

Best Door-Safety Strategies 3

What You Can Do 5

Wise Ways to Reinforce Windows 14

Types of Windows 15

2 Maintaining Security Inside 18

Keeping Strangers Out 18

Taking Inventory 20

Safeguarding Valuables 23

Possessing Handguns and Firearms 25

Relying on Dogs for Protection 30

Encountering an Intruder 32

Living Alone 35

3 Alarm Systems 38

Security Functions 38

Signaling the Monitoring Station 45

Arming and Disarming the System 45

Purchasing an Alarm 46

Choosing a Provider 49

Choosing a Monitoring Service 52

Keeping Your Security Secret 52

4 The Telephone 54

Essential Rules 54

Cell Phones 58

Handling Unwanted Calls 59

5 Service Employees and Invited Strangers 64

Risk Protection 64

Hiring Help 65

Repairmen, Contractors, and the Like 69

Defense against Disgruntled Employees 70

6 Lighting 71

Exterior Lighting 71

Interior Lighting 73

Lighting for Parking Areas 75

7 Maintaining Security Outside 76

Basic Precautions 76

Arson 79

Vandalism 80

Watching over the Neighborhood 82

8 Vacations and Special Occasions 84

Preparing for a Trip 84

While You Are Away 87

Hazards of Special Occasions 90

9 Tips for Apartment and Condo Dwellers 94

Security Features to Look for 94

Proper Security Practices 96

Security at Different Times of Day 100

Renting Out Your Apartment or Condo 101

Part 2 Security away from Home 103

10 Car Safety 105

Simple Tips to Prevent Theft 105

Safeguarding Accessories 106

Hatchbacks, Convertibles, and SUVs 109

Alarms and Other Security Devices 109

Hazards While on the Road 111

Towing Tips 114

Carjacking 115

Pointers for Safe Parking 119

Buying and Selling a Used Car 120

Security for Other Types of Vehicles 121

Protecting Your Boat 123

1 Security on the Streets 124

Basic Precautions 124

What to Do If You're Being Followed 125

Defense Weapons 126

Purse Snatchers and Pickpockets 130

Nighttime Walks 130

Jogging and Inline Skating 130

Mass Transportation 132

Going Out on the Town 135

12 Security While Shopping 138

Parking Perils 138

Protecting Your Purchases 141

Mall Safety 141

Nighttime Shopping 143

Hazards of Credit Cards 143

Identity Theft 146

ATM Machines 148

13 Security When You Travel 152

Getting There by Air 152

When You're the Stranger in Town 155

Car Trips 159

Camping or Wilderness Vacations 160

Resort Areas 161

Overseas Travel 161

14 Moving to Another Community 167

Researching a New Area 167

Moving Day 169

Setting Overseas 170

Part 3 Family Security 173

15 Family Violence 175

Spousal Abuse 175

If You Are Battered 179

Child Abuse 183

Elder Abuse 188

16 Security for Infants and Young Children 194

Daycare Centers 194

Preempting Sexual Abuse 197

Child Abduction and Missing Children 198

Protecting Children from Abduction 201

What to Do If Your Child Is Missing 206

17 Security for Older Children and Teenagers 208

Safety Guidelines Every Child Should Know 208

Protection for Latchkey Kids 209

Influence of Violence in the Media 211

Teenagers Who Commit Crimes 213

Cults 213

Youth Gangs 215

Sexual Abuse 216

The Internet 217

Signs of Drug Abuse 219

Teen Suicide 224

18 Cybercrime 227

Hacking, Viruses, Data Breaches, and Identity Theft 227

Internet Scams 232

How to Protect Your Computer 234

Part 4 Community Security 237

19 Neighborhood Crime Prevention 239

Forming Programs with Your Neighbors 239

Private-Sector Security 243

Individual Crime Preventions 244

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design 245

20 School and Campus Security 247

Personal Safety for Students 247

Bullying 249

Crime on College and University Campuses 251

21 Security in Hospitals and Nursing Homes 255

Staying Safe in the Hospital 255

Criminal Misconduct in Nursing Homes 259

22 Keeping Seniors Safe 263

Common Crimes against Seniors 263

Telephone Scams and Other Types of Fraud 265

Where to Find Help 266

23 Consumer Fraud, Con Artists, and Con Games 267

Dishonest Business Practices 267

Con Artists and Their Games 271

Dating Service Dangers 276

24 Investment Fraud 278

Common Financial Frauds 278

Spotting a Bad Deal 283

Knocking a Swindler Off Track 286

Resources for Redress 287

Part 5 Business and Industry Security 289

25 Violence on the Job 291

Establishing Security in the Workplace 291

Common Business Crimes 293

Who Contributes to Workplace Violence 298

What to Do If You Are Confronted 301

Dealing with Downsizing 302

Instilling a Humane Environment in Today's Workplace 303

Danger Off the Premises 303

26 Robbery in Small Businesses 305

Decreasing Your Chances 305

Violence Prevention Procedures 309

Part 6 Protection from Violent Crimes 313

27 Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Stalking 315

Rape 315

Acquaintance Rape 320

Sexual Assault on Campus 324

Sexual Harrassment 326

Stalkers and Stalking 332

28 Hate Crimes, Kidnapping, and Murder 334

Dealing with Hate-Motivated Violence 334

Kidnapping 335

If You Are a Kidnap Victim 337

Murder 338

29 Terrorism 341

Types of Attacks 341

Responding to a Terrorist Attack 344

Preparing an Evacuation Plan 344

Precautions When Traveling Abroad 345

30 The Criminal Justice System 349

Law Enforcement and Your Rights 349

Complexities of the Legal System 352

How to Report a Crime 354

Compensation Crime Victims 355

Seeking Civil Restitution 356

Preparing for Your Day in Court 357

Index 359

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