Ten Anti-Crime Tips to Avoid Being a Victim

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(NewsUSA) - Nobody can predict or stop senseless criminal violence.

Fortunately, most crimes are plotted out by criminals, and if you learn how they think, you can take successful defensive action and avoid becoming their victim.

To find out how to defend themselves and make themselves and their loved ones less-tempting victims of the "bad guys," many Americans are turning to clear, concise, plain-spoken training manuals available by mail.

A bes seller among them is the 64-page Crime Prevention Training Manual (Motivational Marketing, Inc.,$7.95) by former Airborne Ranger Bob Bimston of Boca Raton, Fla. More than 40,000 copies per month are being sold.

"An alarm alerts you during a crime, the police help you after a crime, but this information helps you before the crime," says Bimston.

The manual is packed with step-by-step instructions to keep bad guys from noticing and bothering you - as well as what to do if they get close enough to bother you.

Law enforcement agencies and private security consultants from Florida to Alaska are currently using the manual.


Beating the Bad Guys

Here are 10 tips from Bimston's book for a new breed of anti-victims:

1. You are followed by a car on your way home. You turn into your street and so does the other car. Do not pull into your drive or garage. Drive to the nearest police station, or call the police on your car phone. Let them tell you what to do.

2. Don't use decals on windows and doors that say "Alarm" or "Attack Dogs" if they aren't true. They might deter a child but not a pro.

3. Radios and TVs playing on timers inside your house are good night and day.

4. Neighbors are an excellent line of defense. You look out for them, they'll look out for you.

5. Organize a neighborhood watch.

6. Every home ought to have a "safe room." Here's what's required: a cellular phone and 2) a strong, solid door with a dead bolt. If an intruder gets into your home, he or she may get a few items, but not you.

7. Alarms that signal break-ins are seldom necessary or effective, and neighbors rarely pay attention to them. Central systems that alert police or guards have poor response times. Less expensive security systems work better.

8. Carry your wallet in front pants pocket, not back pocket or inside jacket pocket.

9. Don't carry more cash than you can afford to lose.

10. Carry as few credit cards as possible.

Bimston's manual offers chapters on avoiding scams, gun safety and use of other weapons, unarmed safety, and safe traveling. Bimston's book is available by writing a check to Mentor Crime Control Center, 6606 S. Grande Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33433. Or call 703-912-1761 for 24-hour voice mail.

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