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CRIME PREVENTION -- IN TROUBLE

  • Being selective about new acquaintances can help to prevent you from becoming a victim of a forcible sexual encounter sometimes referred to as date rape.
  • If a robber demands your valuables GIVE THEM UP! Your money and jewelry is not worth risking injury or your life.
  • Carrying a firearm or any other weapon can be dangerous. It can very easily be used against you.
  • If you are attacked, especially by an assailant with a weapon, stay calm. Evaluate the situation and look for a chance to escape. THINK ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS.
  • If you are going to fight back, do not hesitate to mark your assailant with scratches, bites and kicks. The marks can be very helpful in locating and convicting the offender. IF YOU DECIDE TO FIGHT BACK, FIGHT TO WIN AND/OR ESCAPE. USE ALL LEGAL OPTIONS AT YOUR DISPOSAL.
  • While you are looking for an avenue to escape, look at your attacker. Make mental notes of his face, eyes, nose, hair, teeth, facial hair, age, scars, etc.
  • Be vocal if you can. Shouting and screaming may catch the attacker off-guard and may scare him away, if there is a chance someone will hear you.
  • Do not depend on talking your way out, but the APPEARANCE of cooperating may give you the added time you need to devise a means of escape.
  • As soon as possible contact the police and immediately write down as many details as you can remember about the attacker.
  • DO NOT CHANGE CLOTHING, BATHE, OR APPLY ANY MEDICATION TO YOUR BODY. ALTHOUGH THIS IS A NATURAL REACTION, ESPECIALLY IN CASES OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS, YOU CAN DESTROY VALUABLE EVIDENCE THAT CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT IN THE APPREHENSION AND/OR CONVICTION OF YOUR ATTACKER.

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