Rapists are predator’s period. By following these steps, you can try to make your world a little safer from those predators. You will get information and skills you need to protect yourself psychologically and physically. Remember, although being aware of your surroundings and knowing how to defend yourself is important, rape is ultimately the rapist's fault, not the victim's. This article is not meant to justify a rapist's actions in any way—it simply provides tips that can help you feel safer. In an ideal world, the best way to prevent a potential rape is to educate all members of both sexes to respect and help each other. However, being informed can also go a long way in helping you avoid dangerous situations. Know that nothing you do will ever make rape your fault. Before you even start thinking about preventing a potential rape, you have to understand that if you are raped, it is 100% the rapist's fault, and that nothing you did, wore, or said could have caused you to be raped. There is no such thing as "asking for it," and anyone who leads you to believe otherwise is deeply misguided. Though you can certainly take measures to improve your chances of avoiding danger and staying safe, in the end, nothing you can do can "cause" you to be raped. Understand that the best thing that can be done to prevent rape is to prevent people from raping. In today's culture, there are many things that can be done to prevent rape, and it starts with the way women are perceived. If we work, as a society, to raise men who are respectful of women and stop contributing to a culture that objectifies and belittles women constantly, then we can slowly start to turn things around. Sometimes, adolescent boys think "rape jokes" are funny and that it's okay to joke around about sexual assault, and it's important to let them know that this is not the case. Men can also be raped, but society has taken into itself that men "can't possibly be raped", and so most men are ashamed and afraid if they speak out. Many people feel that giving women guidelines about things that can be done to stay safe actually shames them and makes them feel like avoiding rape is all about having women act "the right way," and that if they make a misstep, it is basically their fault that they got raped. This is not my intention. We intend to empower women by giving them some sensible advice on how to avoid danger. However, women are not the only sex to be raped. Men can be raped, but it just isn't as prevalent. Society doesn't believe "petite little women" can rape "big strong men", and yet it still happens. Don't ever stop living your life. It can be overwhelming to read the advice about preventing rape. You'll start to feel like there's no place you're safe -- not your grocery store parking lot, not a restroom at a bar, not your car, and not even your own home. You might start to wonder where one can go to be completely safe from rapists. But you can't think like this. Though you should take some precautions, you can't be afraid to leave home by yourself, to be outside late at night, or to go to some of your favorite places. You can still enjoy your life and feel secure without the constant paranoia that you may feel after reading about how to prevent rape. Know that the majority of rapes are committed by a person the victim knows. The statistics vary, but it is said that only 9%-33% of rapists were complete strangers to the victim. This means that the vast majority of women are raped by men that they know, whether they are friends, people they are dating, co-workers, acquaintances, or even family members. This means that it's far more likely for a person to get raped by someone he/she knows instead of a stranger in a dark alley. Therefore, while it's important to take precautions when you're alone, you shouldn't completely let your guard down when you're with people you know. When you're in a social situation with someone you know, be extra careful and don't fully let your guard down unless you feel truly safe with the person. Even then, rape can occur. Know that if your gut tells you the situation is not okay, you should leave as soon and as safely as you can. Date rape is also extremely common -- according to one study, nearly 1/3 of rapes are committed by a date. When you're dating someone new, understand that no absolutely means no, and don't ever let anyone make you feel guilty about knowing what you do and don't want. Don't be afraid to communicate your needs clearly and loudly, if necessary.
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Stopping Drug Dealers In Your Neighborhood
Talk to your neighbors and other property owners in the area. It will be easier to identify, stop, and prevent drug activity in your neighborhood if you work together. Your neighbors may have noticed things you haven’t, and vice versa.
Watch for suspicious activity. If you suspect that there are drug dealings going on in your neighborhood, look for warning signs. Visitors at strange hours, blocked-up windows, and odd smells may be signs of drug activity.
Excessive foot traffic to and from a house and loitering may be signs that illicit activity is occurring.
Another suspicious pattern is the presence of many cars that stop at the house for a short period of time and then leave.
Other possible signs of drug activity include graffiti and gang activity in the area, although these are not always linked.
Keep an eye out for drug paraphernalia. Surprisingly, people can be careless about concealing drug paraphernalia such as hypodermic needles and pipes, even when a police presence has been established in the neighborhood. If you see signs of these materials, call the police.
If you find evidence of drug paraphernalia, don't collect it or look around for additional materials. Take note of where you found it, what type of paraphernalia it was, what time of day you discovered it, and on what date, and report those details to the police.
Record as much detail as you can. Always stay safe and don’t approach potential dealers, but gathering details about the activities you observe can help police take the proper action. If the drug dealer lives nearby, you can often document activities from the safety of your own home.
If you observe suspicious traffic activity, take notes of license plate numbers, car models and colors, and approximate times of visits.
If you are concerned about a particular individual, write down a detailed description including height, build, hair color, and any identifying features. Also include the circumstances that have caused your suspicion.
If you feel that the situation is dangerous, be cautious. Do not openly collect information, take photographs, or do other things that might provoke a hostile dealer. Remember: if they are operating in your neighborhood, they may know who you are.
Contact the police. You can choose to remain anonymous if you will feel safer that way. Provide the police with as much detail as possible about the situation you’ve observed: where you believe drug dealers are operating, what they look like, when their customers come by, how many cars you’ve seen, etc.
Call from a safe place. Don't place a call where potential dealers can hear or see you. Don't tell suspected dealers that you will call the police.
Always contact the police and allow them to handle drug activities. Attempting to stop these crimes yourself may cause you or others harm. It may also cause difficulties in prosecuting criminal cases related to the activity later.
Start a Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watches are often very successful in eliminating drug dealers from your neighborhood. They can help reduce criminal activity by creating an environment without opportunities for things like drug deals. However, it’s important to work with the police so that Watch members are properly trained and informed.
Post signs and publicize the presence of your Neighborhood Watch. Knowing that the area is under observation will often persuade dealers to move out of your neighborhood to an area that is less patrolled.
Never attempt to apprehend a drug dealer yourself. This only creates a situation where people could be seriously harmed or even killed.
Form a “block club.” Having your whole community work together will be much more efficient than if you try to take action yourself. Block clubs have historically had a significant impact on getting rid of neighborhood drug dealers.
Get together with neighbors and arrange for “positive loitering,” where members of the club do things like sweep the streets, pick up litter, and do other activities near where drugs are sold. The constant presence of people may dissuade drug dealers that operate in public places.
Go to community meetings together. Many communities have safety training meetings, police meetings, and other events and activities where you can learn more about how to keep your neighborhood safe.
Meet safely to discuss problems. If your neighborhood is rough, it may be safer to avoid having Neighborhood Watch or block club meetings in that area. Instead, look for a public location such as a church or community center, or even a small local business. Even meeting a few blocks away can provide more safety for your members.
Definitely avoid having meetings at any one individual's house, as this could provide dealers with a target for revenge.
Ask about local improvements. Areas such as vacant lots are prime territory for drug dealers. Contact your local officials to see if lots can be turned into parks or playgrounds. Your community may even be able to pitch in to beautify an area. Eliminating potential dealing spots will help drive dealers out of your neighborhood. Contact the property owner. If the property where you believe drug dealing is occurring is a rental, contacting the person in charge of the property may help them take action.
If you don’t know who is in charge of the property, your local tax office can usually provide you with information about the owner, landlord, or property manager.
Contact your municipal authorities about environmental problems. Things such as broken streetlights, abandoned cars, and degraded fences can provide opportunities for drug dealers to thrive. Taking actions such as getting street lights repaired and abandoned vehicles towed are small fixes, but they can have a big effect. Identify safe programs to help eliminate drug dealers. Many local law enforcement agencies work together with the community in specific programs, such as CrimeStoppers and "drug dealer eviction" programs, to help eliminate drug activity. Ask about how to work with these established programs to ensure everyone's safety
Promote community spirit. Drug dealers look for locations where neighbors don’t talk to each other and where people tend to be isolated. This allows them to more easily intimidate people who notice them. A strong, active, positive community is one of the best deterrents for drug dealers.
Hosting activities such as community cook-outs, block parties, and other events will help you get to know your neighbors and strengthen your community
Work with small businesses, local offices, and churches. See if they will help clean up and refurbish rundown storefronts and parking lots. These clean-ups could even employ people who might otherwise turn to drugs.
Develop a youth center in your neighborhood. Sometimes, young people get involved in drugs because they don’t see better options. A youth center can provide alternative activities and opportunities for young people.
Work with local churches, businesses, social services, and police to provide resources and training. Young people can be very effective peer anti-drug educators.
Organize drug education programs in your neighborhood. Schools, churches, and the police usually have resources that can help you establish a drug prevention fair to educate people on the dangers of drug use and how to prevent drug activity in your area.
The planet we live in is a planet of beauty, and its ways of creation and destruction should be respected. Through destruction of the forests, mountains, lakes, rivers, deserts from volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis the beauty of the planet grows. It is a shared planet, and it is not owned by us. Mother Nature brings balance to the world we live in. It is not always peaceful but it is natural. The earth's mightiest volcanoes spew out the magma and lava that will form the future land masses. It will cover the land and bring nutrients into the soil. It will clear old and dead forest's, mountains, hill's, river's, lake's and give them rebirth. All her power over the land, sea, and air brings balance to the planet.
There is a problem though.
Not all humans seek to cause corruption, manipulation,extinction, and or destruction of unhealthy level's. But there is humans that do just that. They use this system we call a government and in acts of greed for power, money, land, and or respect the balance and beauty of the world is broken.
We need to stand up, and we need to realize that our future and the future's of our grandchildren are in our hands. The planet's species of beauty, power, mystery, and importance is in our hands. The species of this planet need to be respected,preserved, and protected. If they aren't they will cease to exist and only the memories of them will remain.
The forest's, lake's, desert's, ocean, river's, and the planet as a whole need and must be respected, protected, and preserved. 20 years from now children will be asking what "WAS" the Amazon Rainforest? 30 years from now we will be asking ourselves what "WERE" Rhino's like?
DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR THE BETTER?
The most productive way to get started helping the homeless is to join forces with a well-established operation. As a volunteer you will learn from those who are already making a difference, rather than repeating the mistakes of well-meaning but misguided novices.
A good place to start volunteering is at your local church. If your congregation doesn't have a homeless ministry, find a reputable organization in your city and invite church members to join you and your family in serving.
• Use this Homeless Shelter Directory to find the shelter nearest you.
• This site offers a Homeless Search Engine for locating food banks, soup kitchens, shelters, housing, food stamps and employment services for the homeless and needy.
• Consider partnering with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry that invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together with needy families.
One of the best ways to help a homeless person is to show them respect. As you look into their eyes, talk to them with genuine interest, and recognize their value as an individual, you will give them a sense of dignity that they rarely experience.
While it's wise to exercise caution and take measures to ensure your personal safety when ministering to the homeless, by identifying with the real person behind the face on the streets, your ministry will be much more effective and rewarding. Learn additional ways to help the homeless:
• JustGive.org lists 35 Ways You Can Help the Homeless.
Giving is another great way to help, however, don’t give money directly to the homeless. Cash gifts are often used to buy drugs and alcohol. Instead, make your donations to a well-known, reputable organization in your community. Many shelters and soup kitchens also welcome contributions of food, clothing and other supplies.
• Visit the Charity Navigator to find top rated charities.
4)You can also make your own back pack. Making backpacks is one actionable step we can take. Reaching out to an organization that is already helping the homeless is another. You don’t have to do much. But I think we each have to do something if we really want things to change for the better for all of us. Here is a video that explains more about how to make the backpacks and distribute them, and to find resources in your area. You can see it here:
• A bar of soap
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Body/hand lotion
• Flashlight with batteries
• Medium sized terrycloth towel
• Protein bar
• Box of raisins
• Jar of peanut butter and plastic spoon
• Bottle of water
• Toilet paper
• Notebook and pen
At the 99 Cent Store you are able to get everything really cheap — and these are full-sized bottles of shampoo and lotion! Then in each backpack you can put a warm scarf, hat, hoodie or blanket that you can get at Goodwill. All in all it cost less than $16 per backpack. You can put some of the smaller items in a zippered plastic bag. Other items that you can put in the backpacks as you find them or get them donated include: a manicure set, gift cards to grocery stores or restaurants like Subway, and bus tokens. These are small and could definitely fit in with everything else.
1.Freerice.com is a website where you play simple online word games to earn rice that is distributed through the United Nations World Food Program. You simply answer multiple-choice questions about word meanings; for every answer you get correct, Freerice.com donates 10 grains of rice. This may seem insignificant, but in its first month of operation alone, Freerice donated more than one million grains of rice. It is simple, fast and free; you help end world hunger and improve your vocabulary at the same time. Add the site to your bookmarks and get into the habit of visiting every day. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
3.Thehungersite.com is another website where you can easily help the world’s hungry. You simply go to the site; click on the button and 1.1 cups of food will be donated to feed the hungry at home and overseas. The donations are funded by the advertisers on the site with 100% of fees going to the non-profit organizations that alleviate world hunger. It is free, takes just a few seconds and makes a difference so get into the daily habit of visiting and clicking. You can also shop online from thehungersite.com, ordering fair trade goods that are well priced, with proceeds also going to feed the hungry.
4.Help at home: it isn’t only Africa and other third world countries where hunger exists; there are thousands of hungry people in most so-called wealthy countries around the world. Wherever you live, there will be organizations, soup kitchens and shelters that provide food for those who can’t feed themselves. Volunteer your time or skills within your local area and help to stamp out hunger close to home.
5.Help them to help themselves: the problem with many third world communities is that they have insufficient knowledge or skills to produce their own food. People have been displaced by war, drought or famine. They may not have the tools or the land to grow food. There are numerous humanitarian organizations that send volunteers into areas to provide clean water, solar power and education about nutrition, farming, food production and marketing. Instead of just providing handouts, they are helping the people help themselves and giving them the infrastructure and skills to be able to provide food and income for themselves, their families and their communities. You can help by donating money, tools or volunteering your time and expertise.
6.Lobby your local politicians: the tough decisions on world hunger need to be made by world leaders. The power of the people cannot be underestimated so we all need to lobby our local, state and national politicians to take a stand on world hunger. By addressing hunger at a local level first, the world’s leaders start to change the state of world hunger for the better.
Much has been done to address hunger in the past ten years but there is still a lot to do. These 5 ways to end world hunger will cost you little but will have a huge effect on those who don’t enjoy three meals a day.
These are 3 other websites that allow you to make a difference in the stopping and fixing of starvation. http://www.stophungernow.org/impact/, http://www.wfp.org/preventing-hunger, http://www.worldhunger.org/reduce.htm. So, are you going to work with me to try and end world hunger? I hope so.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Parking lots and parking garages are two of the sites that are most often targeted by attempted rapists. These people are predators, so view your surroundings carefully. If you are in a parking lot and feel someone is following you, start making noise -- talk to yourself loudly, talk to an imaginary person, or pretend to talk on your cell phone. The louder the potential victim, the more the predator is apt to freeze. Scope out your surroundings during the day. Whether you're working in a new place or new to campus, make sure you learn the safest way to walk from place to place. This means staying under well-lit lights, walking in places where people tend to be around, and even being near blue light emergency call boxes, if your campus has them. If you're in college, know that the majority of rapes happen during the first few weeks of the year. According to the Department of Justice, the majority of rapes in college occur during the first few weeks of your freshman and sophomore years. These are the riskiest days because people are just getting to know each other; there are a lot of new people around, along with an abundance of alcohol. Though this shouldn't keep you from having fun or leaving your dorm room, you should be extra cautious about meeting new people, and make sure that you stick with your friends and your sound judgment. Don't leave your drink unattended. Treat your drink like a $100.00 bill. Don't let anyone hold your drink. Avoid anything that somebody gives you. It could be "counterfeited." Always hold, keep and get your own drinks. Keep your hand over the top of your drink because it's easy to drop something into it. Do not accept a drink from a date unless the bartender or waitstaff delivers it straight to you. Even if you're pretty sure the drink you left on the other side of the room was your drink, it's a much safer bet to buy or get another one. Drink responsibly. Again, this does not mean that drinking irresponsibly makes it your fault if a rapist approaches you; it does, however, make you more vulnerable and susceptible to unwelcome attacks. Make sure not to drink more than 1 drink per hour (which means a glass of wine, a beer, or one shot of alcohol) and to stay in control of your mind and body as much as you can. Do not opt for the sketchy punch or jungle juice in a frat house; do not let anyone who is not a bartender make you a mixed drink because it is likely to be very, very strong. Stick with your friends. Wherever you go, show up with a group of friends and leave with that group of friends. Even if you and your friends have ended up at different parts of the party, always know where your friends are and make sure that they see where you are, too. Keep in touch with your friends, make eye contact, and make sure you're on the same page. Your friends should have your back if they see you with a person whose company you don't want, and you should do the same. Don't leave your friend out with a person him /her. Stay safe at clubs. Clubs may be so loud that people may not hear you cry for help. If you're out at a club, make sure you stick with your friends, go to the bathroom in packs, and that your friends know where you are at all times. Be assertive. If somebody is giving you unwanted attention, tell them to back off. There is no need to be polite when somebody is making unwanted sexual advances. Firmly tell the person thanks, but no thanks, you're not interested. This may be more difficult if it's someone you actually know and care about, but it will still be possible. Once you get the message across, the person will be much more likely to move on.
Stopping Bullying In Everyday Life
Like most people, you may have thought that bullying would no longer be an issue once you left high school.
Not so, finds a recent 2014 Work Place Bullying Institute (WBI) survey that found that 27 percent of adults have experienced bullying in the workplace. The group defines bulling as "repeated abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating, humiliating, work sabotage or work abuse."
Human resources firm Xpert HR says employers need a concerted policy to prevent such conduct. Concludes the firm in a offering what it describes as a "toolkit" to prevent bullying:
Anyone can be a victim. Bullying isn't limited to one gender or one race. Every group gets attacked, although not quite evenly. And contrary to the idea that women want to help out other women, if you're a woman being bullied, your tormentor is most likely also female.
HR doesn't usually help. According to Xpert HR, only 2 percent of people who complained to HR were satisfied with the result. The WBI survey found that employers routinely "either deny, ignore, or minimize concerns regarding bullying." One caveat here -- many of the things that people complain to HR about isn't bullying so much as hurt feelings. Still, companies shouldn't ignore real bullying, and it should be stopped quickly.
Every company needs an anti-bullying policy. This should be clearly stated, include information on how to report bullying and underscore that people will not be retaliated against for reporting bullying. Even rank-and-file workers can suggest creating this policy, and you can volunteer to serve on a committee that puts it together. Someone has to start the program!
Anti-bullying training. Just having a policy isn't enough, according to Xpert HR. You need to have training where what is and isn't appropriate behavior at work is clearly spelled out.
Complaint procedures must be followed. Policies and training mean nothing without follow-through. A company's process to investigate bullying should be thorough and documented.
Enforcement. Offenders need to be disciplined or even terminated. Without this last step in the process, the policies are pointless.
If you've been a victim of bullying in the office, make sure you document what has happened to you and report it to either your boss or HR. But because bullying isn't illegal, understand that sometimes the best solution to bullying in the workplace is finding a new job.
Bullying in the community - This includes church, groups, sports, and other places that you interact with in the community. Bullying could include derogatory comments, being excluded from team activities, rumors, or other ways of degrading you. Report bullying to someone in the community if you do not feel comfortable confronting the bully yourself. Speak up and get help.
Bullying at home - Bullying at home also constitutes abuse or domestic violence. This is any form of bullying that occurs between those living together. For children, this can be parent to child, or child to child. Adults can be roommate to roommate, partner to partner. It can also be between friends of a roommate. Again, speak up and find ways to escape the situation.
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Know that it’s not your fault. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly cruel to you, that’s bullying and you mustn’t blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated cruelly.
Don’t respond or retaliate. Sometimes a reaction is exactly what aggressors are looking for because they think it gives them power over you, and you don’t want to empower a bully. As for retaliating, getting back at a bully turns you into one – and can turn one mean act into a chain reaction. If you can, remove yourself from the situation. If you can’t, sometimes humor disarms or distracts a person from bullying.
Save the evidence. The only good news about bullying online or on phones is that it can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You can save that evidence in case things escalate. [Visit ConnectSafely.org/cyberbullying for instructions on how to capture screens on phones and computers.]
Tell the person to stop. This is completely up to you – don’t do it if you don’t feel totally comfortable doing it, because you need to make your position completely clear that you will not stand for this treatment any more. You may need to practice beforehand with someone you trust, like a parent or good friend.
Reach out for help – especially if the behavior’s really getting to you. You deserve backup. See if there’s someone who can listen, help you process what’s going on and work through it – a friend, relative or maybe an adult you trust.
Use available tech tools. Most social media apps and services allow you to block the person. Whether the harassment’s in an app, texting, comments or tagged photos, do yourself a favor and block the person. You can also report the problem to the service. That probably won’t end it, but you don’t need the harassment in your face, and you’ll be less tempted to respond. If you’re getting threats of physical harm, you should call your local police (with a parent or guardian’s help) and consider reporting it to school authorities.
Protect your accounts. Don’t share your passwords with anyone – even your closest friends, who may not be close forever – and password-protect your phone so no one can use it to impersonate you. You’ll find advice at passwords.connectsafely.org.
If someone you know is being bullied, take action. Just standing by can empower an aggressor and does nothing to help. The best thing you can do is try to stop the bullying by taking a stand against it. If you can’t stop it, support the person being bullied. If the person’s a friend, you can listen and see how to help. Consider together whether you should report the bullying. If you’re not already friends, even a kind word can help reduce the pain. At the very least, help by not passing along a mean message and not giving positive attention to the person doing the bullying.
Additional advice for parents
Know that you’re lucky if your child asks for help. Most young people don’t tell their parents about bullying online or offline. So if your child’s losing sleep or doesn’t want to go to school or seems agitated when on his or her computer or phone, ask why as calmly and open-heartedly as possible. Feel free to ask if it has anything to do with mean behavior or social issues. But even if it does, don’t assume it’s bullying. You won’t know until you get the full story, starting with your child’s perspective.
Work with your child. There are two reasons why you’ll want to keep your child involved. Bullying and cyberbullying usually involve a loss of dignity or control over a social situation, and involving your child in finding solutions helps him or her regain that. The second reason is about context. Because the bullying is almost always related to school life and our kids understand the situation and context better than parents ever can, their perspective is key to getting to the bottom of the situation and working out a solution. You may need to have private conversations with others, but let your child know if you do, and report back. This is about your child’s life, so your child needs to be part of the solution.
Respond thoughtfully, not fast. What parents don’t always know is that they can make things worse for their kids if they act rashly. A lot of cyberbullying involves somebody getting marginalized (put down and excluded), which the bully thinks increases his or her power or status. If you respond publicly or if your child’s peers find out about even a discreet meeting with school authorities, the marginalization can get worse, which is why any response needs to be well thought out.
More than one perspective needed. Your child’s account of what happened is likely completely sincere, but remember that one person’s truth isn’t necessarily everybody’s. You’ll need to get other perspectives and be open-minded about what they are. Sometimes kids let themselves get pulled into chain reactions, and often what we see online is only one side of or part of the story.
What victims say helps most is to be heard – really listened to – either by a friend or
an adult who cares. That’s why, if your kids come to you for help, it’s so important to respond thoughtfully and involve them. Just by being heard respectfully, a child is often well on the way to healing.
The ultimate goal is restored self-respect and greater resilience in your child. This, not getting someone punished, is the best focus for resolving the problem and helping your child heal. What your child needs most is to regain a sense of dignity. Sometimes that means standing up to the bully, sometimes not. Together, you and your child can figure out how to get there.
One positive outcome we don’t often think about (or hear in the news) is resilience. We know the human race will never completely eradicate meanness or cruelty, and we also know that bullying is not, as heard in past generations, “normal” or a rite of passage. We need to keep working to eradicate it. But when it does happen and we overcome it – our resilience grows. It’s not something that can be “downloaded” or taught. We grow it through exposure to challenges and figuring out how to deal with them. So sometimes it’s important to give them space to do that and let them know we have their back.
1. Educate yourself. Use resources such as those suggested http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/resources-to-help-you-help-stop-human.html and then share what you learn with friends, family, co-workers and others, and work together to increase your “voting” power.
2. Contact retail stores, manufacturers and importers and kindly ask them questions about the origins of their products. Let them know you want to buy products that don’t involve child labor, and give them suggestions for ethical products and services they can offer instead.
3. Buy fair trade and sweatshop-free products whenever possible. Buy used when you can’t. Or borrow, share, trade, make it yourself, etc. Look for certified fair trade labels such as Fair Trade Certified, the Fairtrade Mark, and the Goodweave label to ensure that you’re supporting positive practices that don’t involve child labor.
4. Grow more of your own food. Buy from farmers markets (verify their labor practices first), Community Supported Agriculture and U-Pick farms.
5. Forgo that daily latte or expensive make-up or go out to eat a bit less and funnel that money toward supporting reputable groups that are helping free children from exploitative labor and helping them get a good education. Volunteer your time when you can.
6. Contact local, regional and national legislators and ask them to pass laws that ensure no products in your city/state/country are made with child labor, and encourage them to adopt “codes of conduct” which include concern for humane, sustainable, just practices.
7. Contact businesses that do business in countries that have child labor and encourage them to put pressure on government officials to take appropriate action and on businesses that use child labor to use sustainable, fair-trade practices.
8. If you’re a shareholder, use your voice to ensure that your companies support humane, sustainable, just practices that don’t include child labor.
9. Write letters to the heads of countries that permit any form of child slavery and ask them to strengthen and enforce their laws, and to increase educational opportunities for children and humane, sustainable business opportunities for adults.
10. Give presentations to schools, communities of faith, nonprofits and other groups to educate them about child labor issues and encourage positive action.
Stopping such insidious practices isn’t easy, but there are choices that all of us can make to improve conditions for children, to reduce our contribution to child labor, and to facilitate an end to the oppression and exploitation of children.
Keep personal information private. Don't advertise your info verbally or on the Internet. Also, be very wary of meeting up with anyone whom you meet on the Internet. There is very rarely a good reason to meet up with a person whom you have never met in person, or who talks you into meeting-up when you are hesitant. If you think you must do so, bring someone else, preferably a friend who is older and meet the person in a public place. Always keep your phone charged. Don't step out with an almost-dead phone. It can be your saving grace, whether you need to call the cops or call your friends and ask them for help. Make sure you do this before you step out for the night, whether you're alone or with friends. You can even make a habit of bringing a charger out with you if you tend to forget it. Be careful about using technology when you're out alone. Let's get this straight: you should not stop enjoying your life or doing the things you love to do because of fear that you're going to be raped and assaulted. If you love running with your iPod in, then fine, but be extra careful and look around your surroundings at all times, trying to run near where the people are. If you're walking in a dark parking garage or parking lot, then stay focused on where you need to go instead of playing around with your iPod or your iPhone. Attackers look for the weakest victims. If they see that you are highly vigilant and walking with purpose, they will be less likely to attack you than if you're texting and not looking where you're going, or rocking out to your new favorite song on your iPod. Learn to trust your gut instincts. If you feel uneasy or unsure in any way, it is in your best interest to get away and get help. Use your instincts and be aware of your freeze instinct. If you're in a situation where you're alone and suddenly run into or see someone else who just makes you feel unsafe, then change action as quickly as possible. If you're really getting the sense that you're unsafe, then it's important to stay calm, move quickly, and to go to the place where you're the most likely to find other people. If you're walking down a dark street and have the feeling that the person behind you is following you, cross the street in a diagonal and see if he/she does the same. If so, then walk towards the middle of the street (but not so much that you can get hit by a car) so that you're more likely to be seen by an oncoming car that could help you and scare away the potential attacker. Don't cut your hair just to deter a rapist. Sure, a lot of people will tell you that rapists go for people with long hair or ponytails because they are easier to grab onto. Does this mean you should rock the short-haired bob so people are less likely rape you? Of course not. (Unless you want short hair, of course.) Don't let a potential rapist deter you from looking how you want to look, and don't ever blame yourself for attracting the wrong kind of person. Don't change your dressing style to deter rapists. Okay, so many people will tell you that you're more likely to get raped if you wear clothes that will be easier to remove, or to "cut away" with a pair of scissors. This includes thin skirts, thin cotton dresses, and other light and short clothing. They'll say that wearing overalls, jumpsuits, and rompers are the best, and so are pants that have zippers instead of elastic waists. They'll also say that belts keep your clothes in place, that layers help deter rapists, and so on. While this may not be exactly false, you shouldn't have to feel like you need to wear bulky overalls, combat boots, or scuba gear to avoid getting raped. In the end, it's up to you to decide what you want to wear, and you shouldn't feel like the light clothes you're wearing are making you more "prone" to rape Some people will also say that dressing provocatively invites rapists. Avoid this kind of anti-humanist thinking as much as you can.
Carry defensive items only if you know how to use them. Remember, any "weapon" that could hurt a potential attacker can be used against you if you are not well trained and comfortable with it. If you are going to carry a handgun, make sure to take classes in its use, practice often at a firing range, and apply for a concealed weapons permit; if you carry a knife, take a course in the most effective way to use it. Remember that even an umbrella or purse can be used as a weapon against an attacker, and has less chance of being turned against you. Yell, shout, and draw attention to yourself. Attackers usually have an idea of how the attack will happen. Disrupt that idea. Fight like a furious cat, and yell loudly and strongly Yell "CALL 911 NOW" (or whatever your local emergency number is). Yelling this can have the double effect of scaring away the attacker and getting over people involved. If you yell these words, people around you or nearby are likely to come running to your aid. Studies have also suggested this effective strategy: pointing at an individual bystander and saying "you sir, in the white shirt, I need your help now! This man is attacking me..." Tell it like it is, and point to an individual. Some studies show that yelling "Fire!" instead of "Help!" or "Call 911!" can actually be more effective in getting the attention of bystanders. You can try this tactic as well, but others feel that it may be difficult to remember to yell fire instead of to call for help in the moment. Take a basic self defense course. One course you can take is called Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). Contact your local police office for programs such as RAD. These programs can teach you many effective methods of attack, from hitting to eye gouging. Having these skills under your belt will make you feel safer when you're walking alone at night. Learn "SING". This stands for Solar Plexus-Instep-Nose-Groin, the four attack points you should focus on if grabbed from behind. Elbow them in the solar plexus, stomp on the foot as hard as you can, and when they let go, turn around and jam the palm of your hand into their nose in an upward motion, then finish with a knee to the groin. This may disable your assailant long enough for you to get away. Walk into your house with confidence. Don't dilly dally in your car or stand on the street rifling through your purse. Leave your car with everything you need. Practice being careful when going into your house or car because someone could easily push you in and lock the door behind you. Be aware of your surroundings; carry your keys ready in your hand and look around you before opening the door. Walk like you know where you're going. Look up as you walk and stand up straight; pretending as though you have two big panthers on either side of you as you walk may sound silly, but it can help boost confidence. Attackers are more likely to go for those who they think cannot defend themselves. If you look weak or like you're not sure where you're going, you're much more likely to catch an attacker's attention. Even if you really are lost, don't walk as if you are. Notice and leave identifying marks. A large bite mark on their face, punctured eyeball, deeply scratched leg, ripped out piercing etc. is easily identifiable, as are memorable tattoos, etc. Think kill. Go for weak spots like eyes (poke hard), nose (hard upward motion with the lower part of your open hand) genitals (grab really tightly and squeeze or punch hard) etc. to make sure the person's hands aren't free to punch or hold on to you and you can run for it. If you are in a place where you can't run, notice your surroundings and leave a mark on them if you can. Rapists have been caught because their victims left identifiable teeth marks, nail marks, or DNA in the cars or rooms where they were assaulted. Make eye contact if you are being followed by someone who may be a potential threat. An attacker may be less likely to strike if they think you will be able to clearly identify them. Though you may be scared and this may feel like the last thing you want to do, it could ensure your safety.
ON THE ROAD
Walk or ride a bike when possible and use this website
Take public transportation.
Organize and condense errands into one trip.
When driving, accelerate gradually and obey the speed limit.
Drive less, particularly on days with unhealthy air.
Maintain your vehicle and keep your tires properly inflated.
Support the Smog Check Program if you live in California at http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/
Report smoking vehicles to 1-800-END-SMOG.
Travel lightly and remove any unnecessary items that may weigh down your vehicle.
Limit idling your vehicle to no more than 30 seconds.
When looking for the most efficient, lowest-polluting vehicle or even a zero-emission electric car using http://www.driveclean.ca.gov/index.php
Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
Replace energy-hungry incandescent lights with compact florescent light bulbs.
Ask your energy supplier for a home audit and inquire about alternative energy solutions like solar or wind.
Opt for a fan instead of air conditioning.
Use a programmable thermostat and set it to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter.
Install low-flow shower heads.
Recycle paper, plastic, metals and organic materials.
Use an EPA-approved wood burning stove or fireplace insert.
Don’t use your wood stove or fireplace on days with unhealthy air.
Don’t heat your home with a gas stove.
Use a surge protector for multiple appliances and turn it off when products are not in use.
Add insulation to your home.
Wash laundry in cold water and line dry.
When ready to replace, look for energy star appliances.
Use a propane or natural gas barbecue rather than a charcoal one.
Microwave or use a toaster oven for small meals.
Have your gas appliances and heater regularly inspected and maintained.
Use washable dishes, utensils and fabric napkins rather than disposable dinnerware.
Choose products that use recycled materials.
Eat locally, shop at farmers markets and buy organic products.
Buy products from sustainable sources such as bamboo and hemp.
Use durable reusable grocery bags and keep them in your car so you’re never caught off guard.
Paint with a brush instead of a sprayer.
Store all solvents in airtight containers.
Use an electric or push lawn mower.
Use a rake or broom instead of a leaf blower.
Use water-based cleaning products that are labeled ‘zero VOC’.
Insulate your water heater and any accessible hot water pipes.
Eliminate use of toxic chemicals at home; opt for natural substitutes.
Plant a tree! They filter the air and provide shade.
Let your elected representatives know you support action for cleaner air.
Start a recycling program.
Print and photocopy on both sides of paper.
Bring your lunch to work to avoid mid-day outings.
Turn off office equipment, computers, printers, and fax machines, after hours.
Harness the power of the sun: open the blinds and turn off the lights.
Dress for the weather and adjust layers before adjusting the thermostat.
1. Bring reusable bags and containers when shopping, traveling, or packing lunches or leftovers.
2. Choose products that are returnable, reusable, or refillable over single-use items.
3. Avoid individually wrapped items, snack packs, and single-serve containers. Buy large containers of items or from bulk bins whenever practical.
4. Be aware of double-packaging - some "bulk packages" are just individually wrapped items packaged yet again and sold as a bulk item.
5. Purchase items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrate forms.
6. Compost food scraps and yard waste. Food and yard waste accounts for about 11 percent of the garbage thrown away in the Twin Cities metro area. Many types of food scraps, along with leaves and yard trimmings, can be combined in your backyard compost bin.
7. Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive. The average resident in America receives over 30 pounds of junk mail per year.
8. Shop at second-hand stores. You can find great used and unused clothes at low cost to you and the environment. Buy quality clothing that won't wear out and can be handed down, whether to other people you know or on to a thrift store.
9. Buy items made of recycled content, and use and reuse them as much as you can. For instance, use both sides of every page of a notebook before moving on to the next clean notebook. Use unneeded, printed on printer paper for a scratch pad.
10. Also, remember that buying in bulk rather than individual packages will save you lots of money and reduce waste! Packaging makes up 30% of the weight and 50% of trash by volume. Buy juice, snacks, and other lunch items in bulk and use those reusable containers each day
11. Donate Clothes
12. Believe it or not, the throwing away of clothing is one of the biggest contributions we make to landfills today. We open up our closets; pick clothes that no longer need like a sweater that was fashionable last year, a ripped shirt, or some clothes that we just don’t want to keep any more. And where does it go? That’s right, to the garbage, and from there, to the landfill.
13. Instead of throwing away these old clothes, make better use out of it. First, make sure that these are clothes that you absolutely don’t need any more. Then, donate clothes to people in need or to Goodwill stores, or hold a sale in your garage (though assuming the clothes are still wearable, of course). You know what they say, another man’s trash is another man’s pleasure.
14. Reduce Food Waste
15. Food is another item that we often just carelessly toss away without thinking twice about it. Each year, a very large percentage of our purchased food is left uneaten. Instead of simply throwing away food, make good use out of it. Even if we kept just a small percentage of our uneaten food and donated it, millions of needy people would be fed.
16. Eat Healthy
17. Also think about eating healthier. Buy healthier foods that don’t require as much disposable waste in the form of packaging. Reuse old shopping bags and containers for maximum efficiency, and better yet, cloth bags. Don’t buy fast food take out as often either.
18. Save Leftovers for Next Day
19. Don’t forget about leftovers! Too many people are careless enough to throw away half of a good meal and not save it for later. Eating leftovers more often will save on money and result in less food waste. Try making it a habit to save the rest of tonight’s food in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.
20. Buy Things With Less Packaging
21. You can also stock up on food in the freezer. Buy a bunch of food at the same time and store it in the freezer, and don’t buy any more food until the freezer is empty. In addition, buying food in bulk means less packaging and less waste.
22. Boycott Plastic Water Bottles
23. Millions of plastic water bottles are thrown away by people every day. Don’t become one of those people. Not only will you save a boat load of money by switching to reusable glass bottles, you will be throwing a lot less empty (and un empty, for that matter) water bottles into the trash, which in turn means you won’t contribute to the mountains of bottles in landfills or (gulp) in the bottom of the ocean.
24. Just Don’t Buy as Much Stuff….Really
25. Though it’s often quite tempting to buy as much things as money can buy, if you are serious about cutting down on the number of trips you make to the landfill each year, simply buying less stuff will severely cut back on those number of trips all ready. Re-evaluate your priorities. Think about what you need vs. what you want. Also be mindful of what you throw away.
27. Don’t just throw away old glass bottles or aluminum cans. Instead, recycle them. Keep a recycle bin in your home to place old soda cans, paper, metal and plastic cups. Most urban areas have a recycling station in town. Try making more trips to the recycling station than to the landfill.
28. Purchase Items Made From Recycled Products
29. Consider buying items made from recycled products so that you can help the environment in making it clean and green. Most of the advertisers advertise this fact so that you know that you are actually providing a helping hand to reduce landfills. Also, this will set as an example for your friends, family and relatives and they will also start buying items made from recycled products.
30. Clean Smarter
31. Instead of buying cleaning solutions from market to unclog your drains, use baking soda and vinegar for your cleaning projects. Baking soda has countless uses and neither vinegar nor baking soda will hurt the environment. This way you can avoid all the bottles of cleaners and cans you use.
33. Composting is easy and natural process that takes remains of plants and kitchen waste and turns it into nutrient rich food which help your plants grow. Compost is organic materials that has been collected together and decomposed. Composting helps you recycle your kitchen waste and reduces the amount of that is sent to landfills that proves safe for the environment.
35. Take an old shopping bag with you while going out for shopping. An old shopping bag can replace hundreds of plastic bags that will end up in landfills. Use empty wine or beer bottles into lamps, oil and vinegar dispensers or send them to recycling centers as few of them may be recycled.
36. Buy rechargeable batteries
37. Rechargeable batteries will save you money in the long run and keep disposable batteries out of landfills. Disposable batteries can prove very harmful for the environment as chemicals inside the batteries can leak.
38. Buy Items Packaged in Recycled Cartons
39. Buy products that are packaged in recycled cartons and reuse those cartons. Similarly, old newspapers make great packaging material. This helps to promote recycling.
40. Get Involved
How to Prevent Deforestation
Below are a few suggestions to consider when you are interested in preserving the amount of forests located in the rest of the world, as well as right in your own backyard:
A) Use Recycled Items:
Today, a consumer can purchase a variety of recycled items, including notebook paper, books, toilet paper, and shopping bags. When people use recycled products and make a conscious effort not to waste, the demand for new raw material to replace these items can decrease.
B) Tree Care:
When cutting down trees “single out full-grown specimens and spare younger varieties. In the event that you must remove a tree for a legitimate reason (for safety issues or power line interference), make sure that for every tree lost “another is planted in its place.
C) Farming Practices:
Those who plant crops at a farm can participate in putting a dent in deforestation by rotating crops. It is suggested to replace the habit of using different portions of land each year with using the same portion of land to plant different crops. This practice has proven effective in maintaining soil fertility. Farmers may also embrace many other options, such as high-yield hybrid crops and hydroponics, which relies on a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions instead of soil.
D) Cut Back on Palm Oil:
In Malaysia and Indonesia, an increasing amount of trees are cut down in order to generate the palm oil used in the production of some breads, chocolates, and shampoos. As a result, the native orangutans are losing their habitat. You can spread awareness and limit your consumption of products containing this type of oil.
As the chill of winter takes over the autumn season, try using coals instead of firewood in your fireplace. While it only takes a couple of hours to consume a few logs here and there, keep in mind that it takes years for one tree to fully grow.
Take a page from the People’s Republic of China, where the government has in the past set a requirement that every able-bodied citizen between the ages of 11 and 60 is responsible for planting three to five trees per year or complete an equal amount of work in other areas of forestry. Since 1982, the government claims that at least one billion trees have been planted in China as a result of the program.
G) Become an Advocate:
Become an advocate of reforestation. Learn how you can spread the word. For instance, a middle school in Washington took to the streets asking people for just one penny. They explained that the money would go towards purchasing acres of Amazonian rainforest. If successful, this move ensures that no deforestation can take place on the bought land. The effort was twofold spreading information and collecting money for a good cause.
H) Arbor Day Foundation’s Rain Forest Rescue :
Support programs, such as this Arbor Day Foundation gem, which assists in the prevention of deforestation. Donated money is used to purchase and preserve rainforest space before lumber companies can get a hold of the land. As a result, the Arbor Day Foundation is able to protect the land from deforestation.
I) Support Conservation Organizations:
Lend your support through donations of your time, money, or actions to organizations that run programs concentrating on the preservation of forest habitats, such as Greenpeace, World Wide Fund for Nature, Community Forestry International, and Conservation International.
These are small things in your everyday life that you can do.
1. Take shorter showers and don’t let the water run while you shampoo or condition your hair.
2. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
3. Use re-usable cloth bags for shopping. If you own a vehicle keep a supply of bags in your car.
4. Use rechargeable rather than disposable batteries.
5. Turn off all lights and electronic equipment when not in use.
6. Use rags or hand towels instead of paper towels or napkins.
7. Avoid disposable plates, cups and utensils.
8. Do not buy pre-packaged fruit and vegetables, instead purchase loose fruit and vegetables.
9. Spend less time in front of the television and aim to read more.
10. Recycle paper products (newspaper, office paper, cardboard, etc.) as well as aluminum, glass, tin, steel, plastic, batteries and more.
11. Use non-toxic, environment-friendly products for cleaning.
12. Use re-usable containers to store food in your refrigerator, rather than wrapping food in toxic and environment-unfriendly products such as aluminum (tin) foil or plastic wrap. Try to avoid using Zip-Lock (c) bags, but if you cannot do so, wash and re-use them.
13. Mend and repair, rather than discard and replace.
14. Pick up litter when you walk, and support litter pick-up days in your neighborhood.
15. Dispose of food scraps, yard trimmings and weeds by starting a compost bin or pit in your backyard. Use the decomposed contents (compost) as mulch for plants, vegetables, etc.
16. If your family celebrates Christmas, buy a living Christmas tree, and plant it somewhere after the Christmas season.
17. Plant trees in your garden and community.
18. Avoid using a tumble dryer and instead hang your clothes out to dry whenever possible.
19. Before you throw plastic bottle holders/packaging into the garbage, make sure you cut each circle with scissors to prevent animals from becoming trapped in these "loops".
20. Put plastic bottles filled with water and rocks (for weight) in your toilet tank to conserve water each time you flush. If you have a toilet that has a half-flush facility, then use this whenever possible.
21. Try to find alternative means of transportation as often as possible to conserve gas, and decrease air pollution, or car-pool wherever possible. Ride the bus, the subway, the train, a bicycle or simply walk at least once a week.
22. Avoid supporting fast-food restaurants.
23. Buy a water bottle, preferably glass, and carry it around with you at all times. If it is a plastic bottle, do not re-use more than twice, as the plastic is toxic and more toxins leech into the water the more often it is washed and re-used.
24. Strive to buy only recycled (and preferably organic) products.
25. Organize a beach, lake, river, or creek clean up.
Stopping Bullying At School
10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying
Whether you are a parent, an educator, or a concerned friend of the family, there are ten steps you can take to stop and prevent bullying:
1. Pay attention. There are many warning signs that may point to a bullying problem, such as unexplained injuries, lost or destroyed personal items, changes in eating habits, and avoidance of school or other social situations. However, every student may not exhibit warning signs, or may go to great lengths to hide it. This is where paying attention is most valuable. Engage students on a
daily basis and ask open-ended questions that encourage conversation.
2. Don’t ignore it. Never assume that a situation is harmless teasing. Different students have different levels of coping; what may be considered teasing to one may be humiliating and devastating to another. Whenever a student feels threatened in any way, take it seriously, and assure the student that you are there for them and will help.
3. When you see something — do something. Intervene as soon as you even think there may be a problem between students. Don’t brush it off as “kids are just being kids. They’ll get over it.” Some never do, and it affects them for a lifetime. All questionable behavior should be addressed immediately to keep a situation from escalating. Summon other adults if you deem the situation may get out of hand. Be sure to always refer to your school’s anti-bullying policy.
4. Remain calm. When you intervene, refuse to argue with either student. Model the respectful behavior you expect from the students. First make sure everyone is safe and that no one needs immediate medical attention. Reassure the students involved, as well as the bystanders. Explain to them what needs to happen next — bystanders go on to their expected destination while the students involved should be taken separately to a safe place.
5. Deal with students individually. Don’t attempt to sort out the facts while everyone is present, don’t allow the students involved to talk with one another, and don’t ask bystanders to tell what they saw in front of others. Instead, talk with the individuals involved — including bystanders — on a one-on-one basis. This way, everyone will be able to tell their side of the story without worrying about what others may think or say.
6. Don’t make the students involved apologize and/or shake hands on the spot. Label the behavior as bullying. Explain that you take this type of behavior very seriously and that you plan to get to the bottom of it before you determine what should be done next and any resulting consequences based on your school’s anti-bullying policy. This empowers the bullied child — and the bystanders — to feel that someone will finally listen to their concerns and be fair about outcomes.
7. Hold bystanders accountable. Bystanders provide bullies an audience, and often actually encourage bullying. Explain that this type of behavior is wrong, will not be tolerated, and that they also have a right and a responsibility to stop bullying. Identify yourself as a caring adult that they can always approach if they are being bullied and/or see or suspect bullying.
8. Listen and don’t pre-judge. It is very possible that the person you suspect to be the bully may actually be a bullied student retaliating or a “bully’s” cry for help. It may also be the result of an undiagnosed medical, emotional or psychological issue. Rather than make any assumptions, listen to each child with an open mind.
9. Get appropriate professional help. Be careful not to give any advice beyond your level of expertise. Rather than make any assumptions, if you deem there are any underlying and/or unsolved issues, refer the student to a nurse, counselor, school psychologist, social worker, or other appropriate professional.
10. Become trained to handle bullying situations. If you work with students in any capacity, it is important to learn the proper ways to address bullying. Visit www.nea.org/bullyfree for information and resources. You can also take the pledge to stop bullying, as well as learn how to create a Bully Free program in your school and/or community.
Stopping Drug Abuse As A Parent
Note: “Drugs” refers to alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs.
Establish and maintain good communication with your children.
Why? The better you know your children, the easier it will be to guide them towards positive activities and friendships.
• Talk to your children every day. Share what happened to you and ask what happened to them during the day.
• Ask questions that kids can’t answer with “yes” or “no,” such as “what was your favorite part of the day.” Ask your children their opinions and include them in making decisions. Show your children that you value their thoughts and input.
• Be ready to talk to your children as early as the fourth grade, when they may first feel peer pressure to experiment with alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
• Listen to your child’s or teen’s concerns nonjudgmentally. Repeat them to make clear that you understand. Don’t preach.
Get involved in your children’s lives.
Why? Young people are less likely to get involved with drugs when caring adults are a part of their life.
• Spend time doing something your children want to do every day.
• Support your children’s activities by attending special events, like recitals and games, and praising them for their efforts.
• Help your children manage problems by asking what is wrong when they seem upset and letting them know you are there to help.
Make clear rules and enforce them consistently.
Why? Research shows that when parents set harsh rules or no rules, kids are more likely to try drugs.
• Discuss rules, expectations, and consequences in advance.
• If a rule is broken, be sure to enforce the consequences. This teaches children to take responsibility for their actions.
• Give praise when your children follow rules and meet expectations.
Be a positive role model.
Why? Children imitate adults.
• Demonstrate ways to solve problems, have fun, and manage stress without using alcohol or drugs.
• Point out examples of irresponsible behavior, such as ones you see in movies or hear in music.
• Remember that you set the example. Avoid contradictions between your words and your actions. Use alcohol in moderation, don’t smoke cigarettes, and never use drugs.
Help your children choose friends wisely.
Why? When children have friends who don’t engage in risky behaviors, they are likely to resist them too.
• Help your kids feel comfortable in social situations.
• Get to know your children’s friends and their families.
• Involve your children in positive group activities, such as sports teams, scouting troops, and after school programs.
Talk to your children about drugs.
Why? When parents talk to their kids early and often about substance abuse, kids are less likely to try drugs.
• Short discussions go a long way. Engage your children in a conversation. Ask what they know, how they feel, and what they think about the issue.
• Talk to your children one-on-one and together.
• Educate yourself about alcohol, tobacco, and drug use before talking to your children. You will lose credibility if you don’t have your facts right.
• Set some time aside for you and your child to act out scenarios in which one person tries to pressure another to drink alcohol, smoke, or use a drug. Figure out two or three ways to handle each situation and talk about which works best.
• Any time you spend together is the perfect time for a conversation.
• Establish an ongoing conversation rather than giving a one-time speech.
What should I say?
• Explain the effects of drugs on the body and the legal consequences of using drugs.
• Make it clear that you don’t want your kids to use drugs and that you will be disappointed if they do.
• Discuss why using drugs isn’t okay. Explain that it’s against the law for a child or teen to use alcohol or cigarettes and that using drugs is always illegal—for good reason.
• Explain how drug use can hurt people in several ways—for example, the transmission of AIDS through shared needles, slowed growth, impaired coordination, accidents.
• Discuss the legal issues. A conviction for a drug offense can lead to time in prison or cost someone a job, driver’s license, or college loan.
• If any of your children have tried drugs, be honest about your disappointment, but emphasize that you still love them.
Reduce your use of oil by cutting your energy consumption by choosing people-powered commutes or public transportation; making home energy retrofits to reduce heating and cooling costs; choosing energy efficient lighting; and driving a fuel efficient vehicle.
Install solar, wind, or geothermal to generate your own green energy: Drastically reduce your support for the oil industry by putting renewable energy on your property with solar, geothermal, or wind to find out what renewable energies would work best for you by going to https://www.edf.org/ Buy green electricity: If you can’t generate your own solar or wind power, purchase green electricity from your power provider. There are generally two options for this: Green pricing options in regulated power structures allow you to pay a premium to have your equivalent power usage pumped into the grid as renewable energy. Green marketing options, on the other hand, work in competitive electricity markets where 100% renewable energy providers can sell you their energy directly. Find out more about your local electricity grid and where you can buy green electricity via the https://www.edf.org/news/power-people-how-green-your-electricity
Politically support clean energy instead of oil: Join an organization fighting for more renewable energy in our nation’s grid so that we can reduce our dependency on oil. You can support organizations like http://www.sierraclub.org/ , http://350.org/ , and others by volunteering or giving financially.
With gas prices increasing every year, people are looking for innovative ways to save on fuel, and hypermiling is one of them. A collection of extreme methods to make your tank of gas go as far as possible, hypermiling requires high alertness and preparation (some a little on the dangerous side). Hypermilers (or ecomodders as they are sometimes called) have come up with some great ideas everyone can use to make each tank of gas go a long way. Just remember: drive within your own comfort and safety levels and stick to local driving regulations at all time.
Quick Guide: Benefits of Hypermiling for Fuel Efficiency
100 mpg potential with hypermiling: Radical hypermiling results in fuel efficiency of as much as 100 mpg in both a hybrid or conventional car.
30% average fuel savings with hypermiling: More likely, conservative hypermiling driving habits will increase fuel efficiency by about 30%.
4.6 tons less of CO2 yearly: Hypermiling may be able to cut your greenhouse gas emissions from 9.2 tons to 4.6 tons each year.
213 miles on one tank of gas! In The Maximum Fuel Economy contest in Elkhart, Indiana, one efficient hypermiler was able to make his Honda Insight achieve 213 mpg! Other accomplishments: a Toyota Prius got 136 mpg and a Ford Escape Hybrid 76 mph.
Take Action! Conserve Fuel with these Hypermiling Techniques
Anticipate, anticipate, and anticipate: As you drive, stay alert and always scan your surroundings to anticipate lights, stop signs, accidents, etc. Then plan your acceleration and braking accordingly to conserve as much fuel as possible. For instance, speed up well in advance to going up a hill; ease off the gas well in advance of going down a hill or coming to a stop sign or light.
Pulse and glide: This is a more advanced move, so drive with care. In a conventional vehicle, using the pulse and glide method means accelerating to 40 mph, then killing the engine and gliding until you decelerate to 30 mph (though this is illegal in some states) at which point you start the engine and repeat. In a hybrid, increase to 40 mph, then ease back until the energy meter reads zero consumption and glide; repeat.
Drive break-free: This simply involves avoiding the brakes when going down the hill, around corners, or while stuck in thick traffic. Again, you need to anticipate upcoming stops and goes, and then accelerate or decelerate accordingly to safely avoid braking.
Avoid roadblocks: Do your best to choose a route free of traffic, road work, and street lights as much as humanly possible since that increases how much you have to brake.
Park facing outward: When parking, park facing outward and try to find a spot that is elevated, allowing you to cruise downhill as you pull out.
Test out techniques safely: As you can see, there are several ways to improve your fuel efficiency with hypermiling, but it’s always a good idea to test out various techniques in a safe environment before going full steam with hypermiling on your daily commute. That way you can test your comfort levels and ensure you know what you’re doing.
Join a hypermiling group: A good way to get more helpful tips is by joining a hypermiling group like http://ecomodder.com/ . The best way to improve your fuel-efficient driving techniques is by discussing different ways with people who share your enthusiasm for more economic driving.
Don't be afraid to intervene. Sticking up for other people can go a long way toward preventing potential rape. It's not always easy to intervene in uncomfortable situations, but it's worth the awkwardness when you stand the chance to prevent rape from occurring. Watch the potential victim. For example, if you're at a party and you see a person trying to make a move on your friend who's intoxicated, walk over and make it clear you're keeping an eye on him/her. Find an excuse to insert yourself into the situation. "I brought you some water.""Do you want to get some air?""Are you doing okay? Would you like me to stay with you?""I love this song! Let's go dance.""My car is out back. Would you like a ride home?" "JESSI! Oh my gosh, it's been so long! How have you been?" (This works even on strangers. Unless they're too drunk to understand, they'll happily play along in order to get rid of the predator.) Address the potential rapist. You may wish to confront them, or simply distract them. "Leave her alone. She can hardly stand on her own. My friends and I will walk her home.""Hey, he said no. He's clearly not into it.""Excuse me, sir? Your car is being towed."Get backup if you need help dealing with the situation. Just having a few people present could be enough to deter someone from attempting rape. Tell the host or bartender what is going on. Enlist friends (your own, or friends of one of the parties). Call campus safety, tell a security guard, or call the police. Create a disturbance. If you don't know what else to do, bring a social gathering to a halt. Turn off the lights, or turn off the music. This can distract or embarrass the would-be rapist, and call attention to the fact that something is wrong. Don't leave your friends behind at parties. If you go to a party with a friend, don't leave the person behind when you're ready to go. Leaving someone behind, especially with a group of people who are just acquaintances or strangers, puts that person in a vulnerable position. This is especially true when there is alcohol or drugs involved at the party. Before you leave, locate your friend and see how she's doing. Don't leave unless you're confident the situation is safe and she'll be able to get home without a problem. If your friend seems drunk or on her way to getting there, see if you can convince her to come home. If she refuses, stay at the party until she's ready to go. Use a buddy system to make sure everyone gets home safely. Taking a simple precaution like having everyone text each other when they're back home is a good way for friends to protect one other. For example, if you meet up late at a coffee shop and your friend bikes home in the dark, exchange texts or call each other when you're home. If you don't hear from your friend, find out what's going on. Speak up if you know someone to be a rapist. If your friend is about to go on a date with someone you know to be a rapist, saying something about it is the right thing to do. Whether there are rumors going around that the person raped someone, or you have firsthand knowledge on the matter, you don't want the person to be able to hurt someone else. If you were personally attacked by the person in question, it's up to you to decide whether you want to publicly "out" the rapist. It's undoubtedly a very brave act, but your life will be deeply affected by your decision, so it's not a choice most people make lightly. However, even if you don't want to make things public, warning people you know against spending time alone with the person will help prevent potential rape.Do your part to get rid of rape culture. This is important for women, but it may be even more important for men. Preventing potential rapes ultimately depends on educating people on rape and taking a stand against it. Even when it's just you and the guys, don't say degrading things about women or make jokes about rape. When men see other men empathizing with women, they may be more likely to do the same themselves.
Always cooperate with law enforcement officials to provide them with all the information or evidence they need to help investigate or stop the crime. Call the police if you see a crime happening, if you are being victimized or if you suspect criminal activity. Call 911 for any issues that need immediate police or medical attention such as violent crimes or in-progress burglaries. Also call 911 if you hear gunshots, someone screaming for help or a massive explosion. Call your local police department's non-emergency number to report non-emergencies such as vandalized property and harassment. Some police departments now have websites with an online reporting option.
Join your neighborhood watch program or start one if your neighborhood does not have one. A neighborhood watch program will monitor the neighborhood and keep residents informed and educated through emails and fliers. Hire a crime prevention consultant to teach your group how to deal with the types of crimes in your neighborhood. Strengthen the group by creating alliances with local businesses and police departments.
Take part in cleaning, rejuvenating and restoring the neighborhood. If it is obvious that people take pride in their neighborhood and are looking after each other by collectively keeping it clean, it will seem less accessible to criminals. Ways to enhance a neighborhood include keeping up the appearance of your home's exterior, removing litter from the streets and parks, removing graffiti, creating murals, planting trees and turning neglected lots into urban gardens.
Install a fence around your house. It doesn't have to be a security fence. Even if it is picket fence, the appearance of a boundary will give your home a sense of security and it will create an extra obstacle for a potential criminal.
Keep your home's exterior lit at nighttime. Potential criminals will avoid places where they are easily seen. If your street is poorly lit, contact your local energy company to petition for additional streetlights.
Obtain a safe but effective tool of self defense that you can keep on you at all times, such as mace or a pocket size stun gun.
There is no single or simple solution to the obesity epidemic. It’s a complex problem and there has to be a multifaceted approach. Policy makers, state and local organizations, business and community leaders, school, childcare and healthcare professionals, and individuals must work together to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. There are several ways state and local organizations can create a supportive environment to promote healthy living behaviors that prevent obesity. State and Local Programs (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/state-local-programs/index.html)
Resources are available to help disseminate consistent public health recommendations and evidence-based practices for state, local, territorial and tribal public health organizations, grantees, and practitioners.
Knowing your body mass index (BMI), achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular physical activity are all actions you can take for yourself to combat obesity.
Community Efforts (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/community.html)
To reverse the obesity epidemic, community efforts should focus on supporting healthy eating and active living in a variety of settings. Learn about different efforts that can be used in early childhood care (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/childcareece.html) ,hospitals (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/healthy-hospital-env.html),schools (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/saladbars2schools.html) , and food service venues (http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/healthy-food-env.html).
The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't short-term dietary changes; it's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
Assessing Your Weight
BMI and waist circumference are two screening tools to estimate weight status and potential disease risk.
• Healthy Weight(http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/index.html) A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. Visit the Healthy Weight Website; learn about balancing calories, losing weight, and maintaining a healthy weight.
• ChooseMyPlate http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ Healthy eating habits are a key factor for a healthy weight. Visit the ChooseMyPlate Website; look up nutritional information of foods, track your calorie intake, plan meals, and find healthy recipes.
• Physical Activity Basics (http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/index.htm)
Physical activity is important for health and a healthy weight. Learn about different kinds of physical activity and the guidelines for the amount needed each day.
• Tips for Parents (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/children/index.html)
Learn about the seriousness of childhood obesity and how to help your child establish healthy behaviors.
1. Set up a Neighborhood Watch or a community patrol, working with police.
2. Make sure your streets and homes are well-lighted.
3. Make sure that all the youth in the neighborhood have positive ways to spend their spare time, through organized recreation, tutoring programs, part-time work, and volunteer opportunities.
4. Build a partnership with police, focus on solving problems instead of reacting to crises. Make it possible for neighbors to report suspicious activity or crimes without fear of retaliation.
5. Take advantage of "safety in numbers" to hold rallies, marches, and other group activities to show you're determined to drive out crime and drugs.
6. Clean up the neighborhood! Involve everyone - teens, children, senior citizens. Graffiti, litter, abandoned cars, and run-down buildings tell criminals that you don't care about where you live or each other. Call the local public works department and ask for help in cleaning up.
7. Ask local officials to use new ways to get criminals out of your building or neighborhood. These include enforcing anti-noise laws, housing codes, health and fire codes, anti-nuisance laws, and drug-free clauses in rental leases.
8. Work with schools to establish drug-free zones.
9. Work with recreation officials to do the same for parks.
10. Develop and share a phone list of local organizations that can provide counseling, job training, guidance, and other services that can help neighbors.
• Your natural instinct can save your life. Pay attention to it. It is like radar and can prevent serious problems. A common reporting of women that are about to see their rapist is a quiet voice inside telling them something is very wrong. Listen and respect that voice. If there is a hint of danger about the person or surroundings, do not ignore it.
• When at home, play it safe by never letting people into your home that you do not know. If it is a handyman, cable repair, etc, tell them you need to see a PHOTO ID and their truck. If you don't trust them instantly, than do not let them in. If they do not look you in the eyes, have a PHOTO ID, drive a truck with the company name on it, or wear a uniform, that is suspicious behavior. Do not let them into your home! Ask them to call the company while they wait outside then have the company call you or call the company yourself.
• Scream. Scream your little lungs out like there's no tomorrow. Scream in their ear if possible, this will deafen them momentarily. Unless they have a weapon to you, ignore them if they say not to scream. Shout "Rape!" or something to that effect, "Call the police, I am being raped!"
• DO NOT think you need to be nice. Be rude and hateful, because these predators will try everything possible to evoke a sympathetic response from you.
• Remember, you have the right to mutilate your attacker. They had even worse intentions and you have full right to defend yourself. Don't be afraid or nervous to do anything to them; they deserve it. Be as aggressive as possible.
• Rapists do not necessarily look like criminals. The person could look very normal, well groomed, athletic pleasant, young, etc. They might not look evil or like a bad guy. They could be your boss, a teacher, a neighbor, boyfriend or girlfriend, or relative.
• Remember to improvise. Whatever you have on you can be used as a weapon in some way or form. For example, if you have a pair of high heels on, get those shoes off and stab them in the eye or something with the heel. Even your keys can be used as a weapon, if they're spiky enough. Slit their wrist or throat or poke their eye out. Once they're down, run away immediately and dial for help and run into the nearest crowded place and tell as many people as you can what happened to you. Do not wait for them to get back up. If they can, this will only make them even angrier and do worse things.
• Don't underestimate your abilities. The human body has amazing strength and wit in situations like this. Once the adrenaline gets going, as long as you are not too paralyzed by fear, you'd be surprised what you can do.
• Rape can and does strike anyone at anytime. Age, social class, ethnic group and has no bearing on the person a rapist chooses to attack. Research data clearly proves that a way a person dresses and/or acts does not influence the rapist's choice of victims. His/her decision to rape is based on how easily he/she perceives his/her target can be intimidated. Rapists are looking for available and vulnerable targets. Statistics were obtained from various sources including the study Rape in America, 1992, National Victim Center, The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the National Crime Survey.
• Remember that attackers usually want easy prey, so don't cooperate! If you are sexually assaulted, yell things which make it clear everyone that the attacker's actions are unwelcome.
Ways to seek help to avoid this are listed below.
• It is also helpful to, if they are down for good, to leave a little note such as a piece of jewelry or a bandana or anything that is yours with them so they can be identified later on. Better yet, leave as many scratch marks, bites, bruises, or (as gross as it is) spit.
• Intervention such as counseling for mental health issues (like PTSD) and for possible addictions related to the abuse can help people with child sexual abuse histories overcome some of the abuse-related sequel that make them vulnerable to adult re-victimization (Parillo et. al., 2003).
• Keep legal and advised types of sprays, pepper and chili powder in your bag.
• Studies find that victims of multiple assaults have higher levels of PTSD than victims of only one assault. So if someone was assaulted twice in childhood and adolescence they would be at an increased risk of adult assault.
• Other factors influencing recovery are emotional support from friends, relations, social and community supports, and God, or Holy Bible verses (Sarkar, N.; Sarkar, R., 2005).
• Don't panic!!!
• Anti-sexual violence education is the key to prevention. Some educational programs for preventing sexual assault by educating youth to not offend are listed here. The programs coaching boys into men from sites like Can I Kiss You are two good examples. Self-Defense skills are also listed here.
• If you feel unsafe and want to get away, stay as alert as possible. In order to frighten off a potential attacker, quickly dial a friend. If they answer, tell them quietly what is happening, then initiate loud conversation over speaker phone. This could scare your rapist if they hear you in an active conversation with someone. Even if the person you called did not answer, pretend they did and talk loudly. This may discourage your rapist and they will leave you alone.
• As clichéd as it is, avoid going out at night. If you happen to be out at night, make sure it is a well-lit, crowded, main street and you are with at least one other person. Carry your cell phone in your hand ready to make a call, and, if you have one, a key in the other one to be used as a weapon.
• One study found that of the 433 sexually assaulted respondents, two-thirds reported more than one incident (Sorensen et. al., 1991)
• If you're in a place where you have friends doing stuff with you, tell them if you think you're getting weird looks. E.g. If you're sitting on your friends lawn and the next door neighbor is peering at you through the curtain, tell your friend, "Hey, that guy over there is staring at me, can we go inside?" Or something like that. Chances are you can find out about that particular person and avoid them.
• Especially for women, don't let yourself (or you and your friends) be the last to leave a party, concert, etc. Predators usually wait around when an event is over. It's late at night and victims may be drunk or sleepy; not alert for predators around them.
• If you're out, try to walk near shops with big windows at the front, not only are there more likely to be security cameras, but you can use the windows to see if anyone is behind you. It normally helps if they are in close range. If they are, try to see any key features (How tall they are, their hair length, the clothing they are wearing, and if they seem disabled or hurt in any way).
• Remember that you are not obliged to be nice to strangers. They could be potential assailants. Do not think that you are being ride if you do not help them out.
• Keep your head held high. People who want to take advantage of you are looking for vulnerability.
• Find a Moxie Gear Consultant to help you understand the less than lethal self defense tools that may be available to you.
• Before you leave for anything, if you are going alone tell someone what you're doing, where you'll be, and when you should be back. It might also help to tell them what you are wearing, and what type of transportation you will be using. This will help authorities to find you if something goes wrong.
• If you feel that someone is following you, then tell a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, etc. They can help.
• When out in public. keep your head up and look around. Try not to have headphones on or be too distracted, as rapists may be more likely to attack if they believe they can catch you unaware.
• Scream, kick, and punch. Make sure you get noticed if you get attacked in a busy atmosphere.
Stopping Human Trafficking
1. Learn the red flags that may indicate human trafficking and ask follow up questions so that you can help identify a potential trafficking victim at http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/index.htm Human trafficking awareness training is available for individuals at http://www.state.gov/j/tip/training/index.ht. There is info businesses at http://www.dhs.gov/human-trafficking-blue-campaign-toolkit , first responders info at http://www.dhs.gov/human-trafficking-awareness-video-first-responders , law enforcement info at http://www.dhs.gov/anti-human-trafficking-resources-law-enforcement , and federal employees at http://www.dhs.gov/human-trafficking-awareness-training#2.
2. In the United States, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 (24/7) to get help and connect with a service provider in your area, report a tip with information on potential human trafficking activity; or learn more by requesting training, technical assistance, or resources. Call federal law enforcement directly to report suspicious activity and get help from the Department of Homeland Security at 1-866-347-2423 (24/7), or submit a tip online at http://www.ice.gov/tips or from the U.S. Department of Justice at 1-888-428-7581 from 9:00am to 5:00pm (EST). Victims, including undocumented individuals, are eligible for services and immigration assistance.
3. Be a conscientious consumer. Discover your Slavery Footprint at http://www.slaveryfootprint.org/ and check out the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/ Encourage companies at http://www.chainstorereaction.com/ , including your own, to take steps to investigate and eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains and to publish the information for consumer awareness.
4. Incorporate human trafficking information into your professional associations’ conferences, trainings, manuals, and other materials as relevant a example of this can be found at http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/breaking_the_shackles_more_must_be_done_to_end_human_trafficking_and_help_v/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=topics&utm_campaign=law+libraries
5. Join or start a grassroots anti-trafficking coalition at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/coalition_list.html
6. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal government representatives to let them know that you care about combating human trafficking in your community, and ask what they are doing to address human trafficking in your area.
7. Distribute public awareness materials available from the Department of Health and Human Service at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/index.html or Department of Homeland Security at http://www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking
8. Volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization at http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map
9. Donate funds or needed items to an anti-trafficking organization in your area at http://www.polarisproject.org/state-map
10. Organize a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization at http://www.polarisproject.org/take-action/fundraise/host-a-fundraiser
11. Host an awareness event to watch and discuss a recent human trafficking documentary. On a larger scale, host a human trafficking film festival at http://www.ungift.org/ungift/knowledge/resources.html
12. Encourage your local schools to partner with students and include the issue of modern day slavery in their curriculum at http://www.fdff.org/100days-curriculum.html . As a parent, educator, or school administrator, be aware of how traffickers target school-aged children at
13. Set up a Google alert to receive current human trafficking news at http://www.google.com/alerts
14. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about human trafficking in your community.
15. Start or sign a human trafficking petition at http://www.change.org/topics/humantrafficking
16. Businesses: Provide internships, job skills training, and/or jobs to trafficking survivors. Consumers: Purchase items made by trafficking survivors such as from Jewel Girls at http://fairgirls.org/page/jewelgirls or Made by Survivors at http://www.madebysurvivors.com/
17. Students: Take action at http://www.againstourwill.org/take-action on your campus. Join or establish a university or secondary school club to raise awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout your local community. Consider doing one of your research papers on a topic concerning human trafficking. Professors: Request that human trafficking be an issue included in university curriculum at http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2010/5/12/course-slavery-human-committee/ . Increase scholarship about human trafficking by publishing an article, teaching a class, or hosting a symposium.
18. Law Enforcement Officials: Join at http://www.nij.gov/journals/262/human-trafficking-task-forces.htm or start a local human trafficking task force.
19. Mental Health or Medical Providers: Extend low-cost or free services to human trafficking victims assisted by nearby anti-trafficking organizations. Train your staff on how to identify the indicators of human trafficking and assist victims. Find info on this at https://polarisproject.adobeconnect.com/_a983384736/medical-module/
20. Attorneys: Look for signs of human trafficking among your clients find info on this at http://nyatn.wordpress.com/nyatn-publications/ Offer pro-bono services to trafficking victims or anti-trafficking organizations. Learn about and offer to human trafficking victims the legal benefits for which they are eligible at http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=9a52923ee5dd3210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=829c3e4d77d73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD . Assist anti-trafficking NGOs with capacity building and legal work.
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Check it’s locked, and check again
You can hear the central locking activating in most modern cars. The sound it makes is normally a heavy-sounding clunk or click. So stay close and listen as you press the remote button to lock your car, and make sure you hear the central locking activate. Many modern cars also feature a visual signal, in the form of flashing indicators. If yours is set up like this, make sure those indicators do indeed flash too.
If you don't get either of these aural or visual signals , it could be a sign that the fob isn’t working properly. That might mean your locking isn't activating when it should, leaving your car unlocked and unprotected; if you have an alarm fitted, the likelihood is this won't be activated either.
But the cause could be something more sinister. Security experts believe that some thieves use remote locking jammers to target cars – preventing the signal from your fob from reaching the car, and ensuring it stays unlocked so that they can steal whatever’s inside.
If you’re in any doubt whatsoever, it doesn’t hurt to double check the car’s locked. A good way to do this is to pull the door handle before you walk away.
However, if yours is a car that features a keyless entry system, which unlocks the car for you automatically when you pull the door handle, this might simply re-open the car. In this case, the best way to verify that the car is locked is to look through the windows to check the internal locking mechanism.
This can take the form of pins on the top of the internal door panels which drop down when the car is locked, or catches on the internal handle which flip inwards toward the door. On some cars, the handles themselves move inwards when it's in the locked position.
So if you've got a keyless entry system fitted to your car, get to know how your internal catches work, and check them through the windows before walking away.
Some thieves use remote jammers that can stop you locking your car
But checking your central locking is working correctly isn't the only thing you can do to help stop thieves from stealing your valuables, or indeed, the car itself. Here are a few more top tips worth thinking about.
Park in the right place
You’re obviously going to feel nervous about leaving your car in a dodgy-looking area, but car crime can be a problem in the nicest parts of town.
Wherever you park your car, do your best to find somewhere that’s well lit. If you have the option to park under a street lamp, do so, even during the day - if your car’s left there longer than you’re expecting, it’ll be lit when darkness falls.
If you’re parking on your driveway or in a car park, make sure you park as close as possible to your home or another occupied building. And if you’re in a restaurant or pub, try and park where there’s a view of your car from inside. Even if you’re not able to get a seat by a window, someone else might notice something untoward going on.
At the shops, meanwhile, try to park close to the main entrance and in amongst other cars – thieves are more likely to strike a car that’s on its own at the end of a car park than one that’s mixed in with all the rest, where other shoppers are regularly walking past.
Hide your belongings
Sounds like an obvious one, doesn’t it? But you’d be amazed how many people don’t bother. Satnav systems are the most obvious trinkets that get left on display, but mobile phones, wallets and cash are also theft magnets.
You should take these items with you if you can, but if you can't, make sure they're stashed well out of sight of prying eyes. Use your car's glovebox or boot, or if it's fitted with one, the lidded storage compartment in the central console.
Don’t just think in terms of valuables, either. Bags, coats, and even jumpers are all attractive to a thief, even if they aren’t worth much, because of the possibility that they might conceal something that is, so don’t leave them in view on the seats.
Also be aware of leaving important paperwork on view, so that it isn’t targeted for the purposes of identity theft.
You should never leave anything on display CREDIT: REX FEATURES
Add to your security equipment
If you drive a modern car, the chances are it comes with an alarm and an immobiliser. But there are plenty of other ways to protect your pride and joy. Steering wheel locks, which fit over your steering wheel and hold them in place so that a thief can’t steer properly, aren’t infallible, but they do provide a deterrent for opportunistic thieves. Locks that do the same job for your gearstick or your pedals are also available.
Or if you’ve got a little more money to spend, why not consider a tracking device? You’ll pay upfront for the device to be installed and then pay a small annual subscription fee, but if your car is stolen, the police will be able to locate it.
You might also want to consider upgrading the security for your drive or parking space. Buying a small home CCTV system needn’t cost the earth, and it could help catch anyone who does try to steal your car. Or if you’d rather have something cheaper, a motion-activated home security lamp that shines down on your driveway could help put thieves off.
Use the security features your car already has
Modern cars are full of clever security features, but you might not use – or even be aware of – all of them. For instance, did you know that many modern cars have systems which enable them to lock automatically as you pull away? Enabling these systems will help protect you against car-jackings – surely one of the scariest possible ways of having your car stolen.
What’s more, some modern cars have lights that will stay on for a set time – usually 30 seconds – after you’ve left them. These systems are great for getting you to your door safely and ensuring someone isn’t lurking in the shadows. Check your user manual to see whether you have such a system fitted to your car and to find out how to activate it.
Some headlights stay on for long enough to get you to your door
Think about where you keep your keys
Car security systems have advanced so far now that the easiest way for a thief to steal the car is often to steal the keys themselves. This can mean picking them from your pocket, or even stealing them from your house.
So think about which pocket you’re keeping your keys in when you’re out and about. And when you’re at home, make sure you don’t leave your keys near to an open window, or even within reach of the letterbox. Some nefarious criminals have taken to ‘fishing’ through the letterbox for keys using a hooked length of wire.
But don’t take your keys upstairs to bed with you. We’ve heard of an increasing number of cases in which criminals have broken in and threatened car owners when they haven’t found the keys they wanted downstairs. Better, we think, to have the car stolen than to have your family put at risk by robbers.
Keep an eye on your number plates
Have you ever come out to your car to find its number plates missing? It’s more than just a minor inconvenience if it does happen to you – you should report it to the police immediately.
Some criminals are stealing car number plates and then fitting them to their own similar-looking cars to perform crimes, such as filling up with fuel at a petrol station and driving off without paying. They know the police will check CCTV footage and come and talk to you about a crime you had nothing to do with. So if you spot your number plates are missing, it’s essential that you report it.
Don’t leave your car running unattended
It might seem like you’ll be away from the car for such a short time that it’s not worth turning the engine off – perhaps you’re just popping into a shop, or are dashing into the house to pick up something you left behind. But an opportunist thief only needs a couple of seconds to have your pride and joy away.
The same goes if you’re de-icing your car on a cold winter morning – some thieves won’t think twice about running you down as they jump into the driver’s seat and speed off.
And if your car’s stolen while it’s been left running like this, your insurance will be invalidated – so not only will you go through the hassle and stress of losing your car, but you won’t get any payout.
And if the worst happens...
...and your car is stolen, get a friend or a relative to drive you around the local area. Check down side streets, in public car parks and look for areas where thieves might like to hide a car.
The recent "pinch and park" trend means that thieves nowadays are resorting to stealing a car by burgling the keys, and then parking it up somewhere else for a short period. The reason they do this is to check the car hasn't got a tracking device. If it's still there after a couple of weeks, the chances are it hasn't - so the thieves can safely return to collect the car without the risk of a tracking device leading the police straight to them.
So if your car is stolen, it makes sense to check the local area as thoroughly as you can. You never know – you might just find it parked up in a side road.
Only Buy Cruelty Free Shopping
Page Description: Make a big contribution to helping stop
animal cruelty & suffering by being a cruelty free consumer. Find
companies are and are not cruelty free by choice; learn what ingredients
to avoid preventing destroying the habitat of wildlife, and find out
how else you can be a cruelty free consumer. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/cruelty-free-shopping.html
Avoid Funding Animal Torture & Death
Page Description: The most effective way to help stop animal cruelty
is not to fund it. Most people finance animal torture and death, often
without even realizing it. Find out if you are inadvertently doing it,
and how to avoid it on this page at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/animal-torture.html
Internet Animal Cruelty Videos, Photos & Groups – The Best Way To Report Them
Page Description: There is a lot of evidence of people being cruel
to animals on the web. People post videos and pictures of animal abuse
online and, disturbingly, some people actually enjoy viewing them. If
you see evidence of animal abuse online, this page will tell you what to
do in order to get it investigated with the aim of bringing the people
responsible to justice. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/animal-cruelty-videos.html
Get Crossposting To Save Animals Lives
Save abandoned animals lives by cross posting / sharing them online, such as on social networking websites like Facebook. Many animals’ lives are saved this way as it finds them lifesaving rescue spaces. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/crossposting.html
Take Part In Campaigns And Petitions
Page Description: Campaigns and petitions can be hugely successful,
and a huge amount of animals have been saved from suffering
as a result. Find links to email campaigns & petitions on this page,
advice about which petitions are most effective & find out how to
get petitions automatically filled in, meaning you avoid having to type in your
details each time. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/campaigns-and-petitions.html
Search Through Charity Search Engines
Page Description: Charity search engines donate money to the charity you select every time you use them to search the web. Using them, you can earn money
for animal charities without even noticing. Choose the best charity search engines from this page and find out how to make one your home page instead of your current search
engine. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/charity-search-engines.html
Click To Give And Games That Give Sites.
Page Description: While on the web, take a few seconds to visit click to donate websites where you
simply click a button to earn money for animal charities. You can also earn money to help animals by playing
online bingo, online video/computer games, or through other online
activities. This page gives you access to all these. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/click-to-give.html
Have Your Own Internet Fundraising Page
Page Description: You can easily set up an internet fundraising page to help raise funds
for animals in desperate need. It is probably most effective to have a
fundraising group page on a social networking site such as Facebook. This page has ideas to help you raise funds. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/internet-fundraising.html
Donate Stuff You Do Not Want
Page Description: To help stop animal cruelty you can donate things
in good condition
to animal charities that they can sell in their charity shops, at fund
raising sales, on
online auctions, or use as prizes for things such as tombolas and
raffles. You can also donate
items animal rescues can use in the care of their animals. Some can even
use damaged clothes, fabric scraps, wool and buttons which they recycle
into fund raising items. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/donate-stuff.html
Donate Cell Phones, Empty Printer Ink Cartridges, Stamps & Carrier Bags
Page Description: By donating cell phones / mobile phones, empty printer
ink cartridges, used stamps and carrier bags, you can help animal
charities. Find out how to go about it on this page at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/donate-cell-phones.html
Prevent Pet Abuse By Warning Of The Dangers Of Advertising Pets For Re-homing
Page Description: You can help prevent pets being abused & tortured by warning people of the
horrifying dangers they are unwittingly putting their pets in by advertising them for re-homing, whether they
advertise them free to a good home or for a low amount. Advice also available to give people on safer re-homing. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/free-to-good-home.html
Peaceful Protest Tactics
Page Description: Protests put pressure on organizations to stop
their animal exploitation and abuse, and are commonly successful.
Protests also draw attention to animal cruelty issues and gain support
from the public. Different protest tactics are explored on this page. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/protest-tactics.html
Ebay For Charity
Page Description: You can help stop animal cruelty by using the “eBay
for charity” option on the eBay auction website. There, you can sell used goods or new items where you can choose for between 10% & 100% of the
money made to be donated to the animal charity you select. You can also help by buying items sold in aid of animal causes. This page explains how. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/ebay-for-charity.html
Have An Animal Charity Auction / Fixed Price Sale Facebook Page
Page Description: By having its own Facebook auction, an animal
charity or rescue can raise funds by having supporters kindly
auctioning off items to the highest bidder & donating the proceeds
to the animal charity or rescue. These online auctions are a fantastic
place to buy gifts for people. Learn about Facebook auctions and fixed price (buy it now) sales, and find links to existing auctions and sales including one that different rescues can approach to raise funds for them. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/charity-auction.html
Do Easy Fundraising For Charity In Your Community
Page Description: There are many easy, low cost ways you can go
about fundraising for any animal charity you want. This page explores lots of
different fundraising ideas you can do for low cost or no cost. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/fundraising-for-charity.html
Sew For Charity, Craft & Knit
Page Description: If you enjoy sewing, knitting, or arts and crafts, you can use your hobby to benefit animals in need. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/sewing-for-charity.html
Charity Greetings Cards, Gifts & Products
Page Description: Help struggling animal rescues & charities by buying fundraising greetings
cards featuring animals they themselves have
helped. Fundraising gifts and goods are also available on this page,
which help support the vital work of struggling animal rescues and
charities. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/charity-cards.html
Donating a Car
Page Description: By donating a car or other vehicle, whether it is
to be scrapped or not, you can help stop animal cruelty. The vehicle will even
be collected from you for free. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/donating-a-car.html
Buy Charity Gifts And Charity Cards From Online Animal Charity Shops & Auctions
Page Description: Help stop animal cruelty by buying fund raising
gifts & cards from animal charity or rescue website shops &
auctions for loved ones at Christmas, birthdays & other special
occasions. This page has lists of direct links to many online animal
charity shops and many online auctions in aid of animal rescues and charities. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/charity-gifts.html
Charity And Non-Profit Insurance For Pets
Page Description: By taking out pet insurance with companies that donate
large amounts to animal charities, you will be protecting yourself and
your pet from unexpected vet’s costs of thousands of pounds, whilst raising money for animal charities at no extra cost to you.
Find out on this page which pet insurance companies help animal causes. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/non-profit-insurance.html
Free Tax Donations To Charity & Gift Aid
Page Description: Tax donations are a big helps to charities and do not
cost you anything extra. There is an option on donation forms to ‘Gift
Aid’ your donation. This means you have the option for the tax on your
donation to go to the charity rather than the Government. Another way of
making sure the charity receives your tax instead of the Government is
by donating using ‘Payroll Giving’, where you donate money before it is taxed. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/tax-donations.html
Spay And Neuter Pets
Page Description: To vastly reduce the numerous innocent,
unwanted pets being put to death in pounds and some shelters & rescues every single day, it is vital to spay and
neuter pets. It also protects your pets from cancers of the
reproductive systems. Information on this page includes when you should
neuter, the effects of neutering, myths about neutering, low cost
neutering available, plus more. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/spay-and-neuter-pets.html
Consider Pet Adoption / Foster Or Sponsor An Animal
Page Description: Information about saving innocent animals lives by sponsoring, fostering or adopting them, and access to pets available to sponsor, foster or adopt at rescues across the UK & US. Also, a look at so called dangerous dogs & overlooked shelter pets, at bad breeders and the heart break they cause, and at the fate animals advertised in free to good home adverts can so easily meet. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/pet-adoption.html
Be An Animal Volunteer
Page Description: Being an animal volunteer at a charity or rescue is a huge
help to animals in need. Charities and rescues are usually desperate for reliable
volunteers. There are often many different roles available – more than many people realize, doing much more varied things. Many of these roles are explored on his page. Have a look to see if any interest you. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/animal-volunteer.html
Stop Animal Abuse By Raising Awareness
Page Description: A huge number of people do not know how badly animals
are abused across the world, or even in their own country. They do not
know how many endure this suffering, or how each person’s choices in
life cause the suffering. You can help stop animal cruelty and
suffering by raising awareness of it. You can do this by
spreading information on the web, using leaflets, flyers, posters, your
voice, displaying messages on your clothing and accessories, and in
other ways. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/stop-animal-abuse.html
Be A Fox Hunt Saboteur
Page Description: Fox hunters enjoy causing excruciating pain to
foxes by ordering their dogs to chase these terrified animals until they cannot run anymore & then
rip them apart, even where it is illegal. Learn on this page how to be a
hunt saboteur so you can save foxes from this cruelty. Where it is illegal you can even get fox hunters prosecuted. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/saboteur.html
Create &/or Update An Animal Rescue Website For A Charity
Page Description: A website is very important for an animal rescue
or charity. Any rescue or charity without one is at a distinct
disadvantage. Help save many animals lives by creating and updating an
animal rescue website for an animal charity or rescue in need of one,
for free. Further information is on this page. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/animal-rescue-website.html
Shop Through Fundraising Websites
Page Description: By doing your shopping online through fundraising
websites, you can raise money for animal charities. There is no cost to
yourself, as the retailer you purchase from makes the donation.
Thousands of different well known retailers and are registered with
these fundraising sites, as well as thousands of charities. Get access
to these fundraising shopping sites, and information about them, through
this page. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/fundraising-websites.html
Adopt A Vegan Diet Or Vegetarian Diet
Page Description: Among other things, this page looks at
vegetarian and vegan living. Having a vegan lifestyle is the kindest
thing you can do for farm animals, with being a vegetarian coming
second, and there are many health benefits, including a reduced risk of cancer. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/vegan-diet.html
Include Animal Charities & Rescues In Your Legal Last Will And Testament
Page Description: By including animal charities in your will, you will be safe in the knowledge that you will
continue to help stop animal cruelty, even after you have gone. Without
such legacies willed to them, animal charities and rescues cannot survive. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/legal-last-will-and-testament.html
Support Non Animal Testing Research Charities
Page Description: Many health research charities use cruel
tests on animals, but there are many others that do not. Help stop animal cruelty by only
supporting research charities that use alternative methods to animal
testing. Find out who does and does not test on animals on this page.
You may be surprised! Find this at http://animal-rights-action.com/animal-testing.html
Help Stop Animal Testing By Donating Redundant Human Tissue
Page Description: You can help reduce animal testing AND increase the
safety of new medicines by helping researchers do human specific medical
research. This simply involves donation of your redundant body tissue
left over from operations/births, etc., or after your death. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/stop-animal-testing.html
Contact Details To Help You Fight Animal Cruelty
Page Description: Here you will find the contact details of some useful organizations that you may find helpful in your fight against animal cruelty & suffering. Find this at http://www.animal-rights-action.com/contact-details.html
Other Ideas About How To Help Animals at http://www.animallifelineuk.org/content.php?162-101-Ways-to-Help-Rescues
Ways in Which You Can Decrease the Potential for Experiencing Property Crime
One of the most important things that someone can do to decrease the chance of experiencing property crime is the installation of security technology such as a burglar alarm system or security cameras. With these technological methods aside, there are still a number of other things that can be done to decrease the chance that a home will be targeted by a burglar.
Avoid Mentioning Travel Plans Online
Whether it’s your children talking about an upcoming vacation or whether it’s you talking to a friend in the post office about an upcoming business trip, mentioning travel on or in public forums is dangerous. In these types of situations anyone could overhear the fact that the home is going to stand empty for a few days and this is an invitation to prospective thieves to target your home. One of the most difficult things for children to understand is that when they mention outings innocently on their social networking pages, they are inviting the entire world in to burglarize their home while they are out.
Deadbolts make burglary difficult and burglars don’t like difficult. The longer a burglar spends in your home, the higher the chances are that he or she will be caught in the act. Deadbolts on doors make your home a more difficult target to break in to, but it is important to purchase high quality locks to ensure that they are not easily compromised. Locks for exterior doors of the home should be grade one or grade two locks, these locks are more likely to resist a burglar’s lock picking attempts and are less likely to give in to tampering. Good quality deadbolts will also have a beveled casing that will reduce the likelihood of the lock being compromised by channel lock pliers that are used with other lock types to sheer off the cylinder pins in the lock. Visit Best Door Locks article to find the best lock for your home at http://www.asecurelife.com/best-home-security-system/
Dog ownership has long been a cited method of maintaining a safe home and deterring against burglars. When given a chance to burglarize a home at random, burglars are much more likely to target a home that does not have a dog rather than a home that does have a dog. Large dogs are intimidating because of their appearance and pitch of their bark, but even a small dog can be effective in warding off intruders. It should be noted that while having a dog in the home is an additional measure to guarding against burglary, it should never be the sole reason for owning a dog. Dogs require upkeep and companionship so unless a family is prepared to take on a long term responsibility which involves bringing another family member in to the home, this should not be considered as a method of deterring burglars.
Home safes are one of the most important steps that homeowners can secure important documents and priceless possessions. While taking home security prevention methods is a great way to protect the home against burglary, there is no assurance that a burglar will not somehow find a way to enter your home. All it takes is for one family member to forget to lock a door and all of the home security efforts in the world would not make a difference. While safes may seem clunky and inconvenient, they are the only way to ensure that important documents and possessions have an additional degree of protection from home invaders. Once inside your home, burglars want to take valuables and leave in minutes; this leaves no time for breaking in to a safe.
Home Security System
The simplest, most effective action you can take to prevent future burglaries and protect your family is to install a monitored home security system. Security systems alert you when an intruder enters your home, and they have loud alarms which tend to scare intruders away before they can do any real damage. These systems, if monitored, also notify local authorities so they can investigate the reason the alarm was activated. Read our Best Home Security System article to see what might be the best fit for your specific needs and budget.
Keep a Record of Valuable Personal Property
Homeowners and home renters should always carry a degree of insurance to help to protect them against any losses that may occur as the result of a disaster or theft. Most companies that provide this type of insurance prompt their customers to always keep a note of personal property that they consider to be valuable. This practice ensures that if your home does become the target of a thief and any valuable property is lost that it can be identified by police if found and the homeowner can be compensated under their insurance policy. While keeping a note of valuable personal property is not a deterrent method for burglars, it is a step that homeowners should take in order to protect themselves should a burglary occur.
Maintain a Well Lit Property
By the nature of burglary, light is counterintuitive. Burglars do not work in well lit areas because the chance of being caught is much higher than working in the dark. Making sure that outdoor lighting is always functioning well is a key aspect of maintaining a safe property, Having a well lit front porch means nothing if the back side of a house is not lit at all, perform a full audit tonight to determine the areas of your property that need lit.
Monitor Mail and Newspaper Delivery
The presence of mail or newspaper buildup is a huge tipoff to burglars. Place a hold on mail delivery or have a trusted neighbor collect mail if you are going to be away for an extended period. Keep in mind that burglary is not the only concern when it comes to mail. All of those credit card offers and other secure information can be used for identity theft in the wrong hands. Consider a locked mailbox to prevent identity theft.
Living in a neighborhood that enforces neighborhood watch is another good way to promote safety, not only for the individual homeowner, but also to develop a safe neighborhood. A successful neighborhood watch is one that involves an entire community of vigilant neighbors who work together to enforce a safe community for each of its members. While it is rarely something that individuals take in to account when moving in to a new home or neighborhood, this type of cooperation is a key factor in discouraging criminal activity of all sorts.
All homes, regardless of their income level, should make use of a paper shredder in order to keep personal information hidden and avoid having their identities stolen. For those homes with a significant amount of income ,utilizing a paper shredder is even more important because burglars are always going to target homes where they feel that they can gain the most from the least amount of effort. Placing un-shredded items in the trash is not only a method for giving away personal information and increasing the opportunity for identity theft to take place, but it is also a method for burglars to find out whether or not a home is worth the effort of being burglarized.
Secure Sliding Doors
Sliding doors are a particularly easy way for home invaders to get access to your home because they are rarely fitted with secure locks or other security mechanisms. One affordable means of securing a sliding French door is to place a curtain rod in the sliding track to prevent the door from being slid open at any point. While many home security stores sell more advanced products, most people find that this simple and affordable technique works just as well.
Timing devices may seem like a rather old method for deterring burglars, butit is a method that has proven successful ‘ so successful in fact that it is a tool that has been built upon as time has progressed. Timing devices are a great tool to implement in the home whether or not the homeowner is on vacation because they switch on lighting or technology within the home even when no one is home. One of the best methods for implementing timing devices is to plug them in and program them for normal times of activity when the family is out of town. By setting timers to turn on lights, turn down blinds, and to turn on radios or televisions is a way to give the impression that the normal daily routine is in progress even when no one is home and this itself is enough to turn potential burglars away. Timers also serve to make a safer home for those living alone or living with spouses who are frequently out of town or not at home during specific hours. Coming home to a dark house is not only scary but it can also be particularly dangerous specifically for women living alone, setting up timing devices allows for a safer atmosphere when returning home at dusk or dark.
Utilize the Garage
Burglars often observe properties that they are planning on burglarizing to try to establish a pattern of when the home is active and when it is empty. For homes that have garages, one of the most important things that a homeowner can do is to always keep the car inside the garage. When homeowners do not utilize garage space, they leave their car out in the open where it can be observed by passersby which means that it is particularly easy for burglars to observe when there is and is not someone home.
Final Thoughts and Tips
We have just discussed what to do after a break in and a few small, proactive steps that can help you prevent future ones. The most important tips to remember are:
1. Always keep all doors and windows locked.
2. Install a home security system as soon as possible.
3. Hopefully, you will never experience a home invasion, but if it does happen, call the police and keep your family out of harm’s way.
Dress to discourage unwanted attention from muggers. Some things that might make you a more likely target are:
• Dressing like a tourist. If you're obviously not a local, you're more likely to be targeted, as tourists tend to be less aware and carry cash on them. They also tend to look at everything from tall buildings to statues to artsy trashcans.
• Wearing obvious, flashy jewelry or watches.
• Carrying a large purse, briefcase or backpack. Anything that might contain valuables makes you a desirable target.
Stick to well-lighted and well populated areas. Muggers are far less likely to target people where there are others around or they are likely to be seen.
Know where you are going. Muggers often prey on tourists or people who are lost. If you are in an unfamiliar place, learn the route you wish to take.
Avoid dangerous parts of town. If possible, try not to walk through dangerous parts of town, especially at times of night when there are few others out. Bad neighborhoods with little foot traffic are especially risky. If you aren't sure, talk to locals to learn what places aren't safe.
Walk with a sense of purpose. If you are wandering aimlessly or look lost you are more likely to become a target.
Travel in groups. Muggers are much more likely to go after individuals than groups.
Bike, rather than walk. Moving quickly in the street on a bike makes you far more difficult to confront than a pedestrian.
Stay alert for possible dangers. You can minimize the likelihood of being surprised by doing the following:
• Pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions. You become an easier target when you do things like listen to music on headphones, talk on the phone, read a map or anything else that takes your attention away from your surroundings.
• Walk near the curb, on the side closest to and facing oncoming traffic. This avoids the risk of someone in a car coming unseen from behind you and grabbing you or your bag, and gives you a better angle to see in doorways or alleys and a better path to escape if attacked.
Take action if you sense danger or are attacked.
• If you believe you are being followed, head directly toward a populated area, cafe, bar or other well-attended place.
• Make noise or call for help. Don't be afraid to draw attention to yourself.
• Consider defending yourself if you have the skills or a weapon. Pepper spray can be a very effective deterrent and is easily carried on your person (make sure this is legal in your jurisdiction though). Fighting back does come with an increased risk of harm to your person, however.
How to Help
Recognizing and responding to signs of suicide, and what you can do to make a difference.
Have you observed, read, or heard someone say:
Life isn't worth living—it is hopeless.
My family would be better off without me.
I wish I could go to sleep and not wake up.
I won't be around to deal with that.
I have a plan to kill myself.
I won’t be in your way much longer.
Life is unbearable.
I wish I were dead.
Have you observed someone:
Talking about suicide or wanting to die
Being extremely depressed
Posting on social media a threat of self-harm
Engaging in risky behavior
Obtaining a weapon or other means of self harm, such as rope or pills
Becoming preoccupied with death
Totally withdrawing from life, loved ones, or activities
Acknowledge: Take it seriously, and listen.
Care: Take the initiative, and voice your concern.
Treatment: Get professional help immediately.
If someone texts, Tweets, or posts on Facebook about contemplating suicide, ACT now and tell a trusted adult, even if that person might feel like you are betraying them.
How to Help
If someone is willing to accept an evaluation or treatment:
• Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). You will be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
• Bring him or her to a local emergency room or crisis center. Your friend will be more likely to seek help if you accompany him or her.
• Contact his or her primary care physician or mental health provider, if known.
If someone is unwilling to accept an evaluation or treatment:
• Call 911 out of the presence of the person, and consider your own personal safety. It is important not to put your yourself in harm's way.
You are helping someone by Acknowledging these warning signs are serious, and Caring enough to talk to them about it. Now it is time to get professional help. Remember, someone will be more willing to talk about his or her problem and get the Treatment he or she needs with your support and friendship.
What NOT To Do
• Don’t try to cheer the person up, or tell them to snap out of it.
• Don’t assume the situation will take care of itself.
• Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
• Don’t leave the person alone, unless they act in a threatening way. Then, leave and call 9-1-1.