Be prepared and act decisively
Guyana Chronicle
March 28, 2002

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"The believer is a mirror for the believer, and the believer is the brother of the believer. He safeguards his property for him and defends him from behind."

It is heedless to say that crucial times are with us as these "bad guys" may have seen one two many uncensored Western movies. February and March have been months of great tragedies when it comes to the work of the law enforcement people but maybe these tips will help us to be more alert to the situation.

Nothing beats prayers and more than ever being prepared.

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. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (Better paranoid than dead). If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! Police make only 4 of 10 shots when they are in range of 3-9 feet. This is due to stress. 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!

As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed.

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 told us the story of his daughter, who came out of the 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 eight-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 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 male friends of her were leaving, and as she told them the story, and turned to point at the car, the man was in the back seat, and quickly moved back to the front and speeded away. DON'T GET CAUGHT IN THIS TRAP.

Tips to saving your life, if you have gotten into a violent situation:
(a.) REACT IMMEDIATELY. If he abducts you in a parking lot, and is taking you to an abandoned area, DON'T LET HIM GET YOU TO THAT AREA. If you are driving, react immediately in the situation, and crash your car while still going 5 mph. If he's driving, find the right time, and stick your fingers in his eyes. He must watch the road, so choose an unsuspecting time, and gouge him. It is your ONLY defense. While he is in shock, GET OUT. This sounds gross, but the alternative is your fault if you do not act.

(b.) RESIST. Don't go along with him: run, if you are able: DON'T EVER GIVE UP! You DO NOT want to get to a crime scene. (The one he has in mind.)

7.) Always keep your distance when walking past strangers on the street or in dark areas. Wish the Traffic lights would work and the Patrols!

8.) GET A CELL PHONE. Know the number to call, never mind, they will get there.

9.) BREAK DOWNS: Make every effort to avoid this by ALWAYS keeping your car in good working order. If your car breaks down and you have a cell phone:

LOCK YOUR DOORS. Then call for help. If it's noon on a business day in a populated area, you may want to put your hazards on and walk to safety. If you're on a desolate road: walk away from the car and go to some bushes, or some area AWAY from your vehicle.

10.) Physical defenses that we can use against the violent predator: The EYES are the most vulnerable part of the body. Poke him there HARD. It may be your only window of opportunity. The NECK is also a vulnerable spot, but you MUST know where to grip, AND HAVE THE STRENGTH to cut off his breath.

The last place is the KNEES. Everyone's knees are very vulnerable, and a swift kick here will take any one down. If you do not do these things right the first time, you are in trouble, because it will only anger the individual, and that anger will be TAKEN OUT ON YOU. I'm not saying don't attempt them (it may be your only hope), but be forceful when you do.

11.) If you are walking alone in the dark (which you shouldn't do) and you find him following/chasing you: (a.) Scream "FIRE!", and not "help". People don't want to get involved when people yell, "help", but "fire" draws attention because people are nosy. (b.) RUN

12.) Never let yourself or anyone that you know be a "closer" in any type of business (bar, store, restaurant, gas station). Pat knew Danielle, who was a girl that just died from being shot point-blank by some kids while she was closing at the local gas station. He talked with her the night before she died, and asked whether it ever scared her to close alone. She said yes, but said, "I'll be all right, Pat. I'll be all right." She wasn't.

Wouldn't the entire country raise hell for these criminals like the "War against Terrorists"? Or do we need veto for that? Thanks to all the Policing Groups for their selfless vigilance. More people should support them and the Police of course. We need to breed confidence in them after all who else could we call.

"As I walk through this wicked world Searching for light in the darkness of insanity I ask myself 'Is all hope lost?

Is there only pain and hatred and misery?'

But each time I feel like this inside There's one thing I want to know

What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?"
Malcolm Ali