How to Be Safe

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  • Copyright: 2012-05-24
  • Publisher: Readers Digest
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Crime exists in many forms in every society, and as the world changes, new threats emerge-from bioterrorism to identity theft. How to Be Safeis the most comprehensive safety and security manual on the market, encouraging individuals to take a positive, preventive approach to their own safety. Its comprehensive sweep spans the gamut from "traditional" crimes on the street to stalking, hate crimes, and nursing home security. Topics covered include: Computer and High-Tech Crime: Internet ploys, such as eBay scams, fake work-from-home offers, phishing, "Nigerian" frauds; Trojan horse programs; e-mail viruses, and spoofing; Child security online Your Home or Property: Choosing an agent; Open houses; Screening potential buyers; Selling on Craigslist and online auctions Special Occasions with Special Risks: Holidays, funerals and weddings; The aftermath of an emergency situation Family Security:Safety at day-care centers; Spousal, child, and elder abuse; Sex-offender registries; Protecting children from abduction; Compulsive gambling Investment and White Collar Crime:Futures; Shell games; Ponzi schemes; Data theft; Land fraud; Fast-buck commodities Terrorism, Bombs, and Bomb Threats:Food/water tampering; Cruise, train, and plane safety; Evacuations; What to do if... How to Be Safeinstructs and educates readers on how best to prevent crime-a resource that could save both lives and precious assets.

Author Biography

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

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xii
Introductionp. xiv
Security in Your Homep. 1
Doors and Windowsp. 3
Best Door-Safety Strategiesp. 3
What You Can Dop. 5
Wise Ways to Reinforce Windowsp. 14
Types of Windowsp. 15
Maintaining Security Insidep. 18
Keeping Strangers Outp. 18
Taking Inventoryp. 20
Safeguarding Valuablesp. 23
Possessing Handguns and Firearmsp. 25
Relying on Dogs for Protectionp. 30
Encountering an Intruderp. 32
Living Alonep. 35
Alarm Systemsp. 38
Security Functionsp. 38
Signaling the Monitoring Stationp. 45
Arming and Disarming the Systemp. 45
Purchasing an Alarmp. 46
Choosing a Providerp. 49
Choosing a Monitoring Servicep. 52
Keeping Your Security Secretp. 52
The Telephonep. 54
Essential Rulesp. 54
Cell Phonesp. 58
Handling Unwanted Callsp. 59
Service Employees and Invited Strangersp. 64
Risk Protectionp. 64
Hiring Helpp. 65
Repairmen, Contractors, and the Likep. 69
Defense against Disgruntled Employeesp. 70
Lightingp. 71
Exterior Lightingp. 71
Interior Lightingp. 73
Lighting for Parking Areasp. 75
Maintaining Security Outsidep. 76
Basic Precautionsp. 76
Arsonp. 79
Vandalismp. 80
Watching over the Neighborhoodp. 82
Vacations and Special Occasionsp. 84
Preparing for a Tripp. 84
While You Are Awayp. 87
Hazards of Special Occasionsp. 90
Tips for Apartment and Condo Dwellersp. 94
Security Features to Look forp. 94
Proper Security Practicesp. 96
Security at Different Times of Dayp. 100
Renting Out Your Apartment or Condop. 101
Security away from Homep. 103
Car Safetyp. 105
Simple Tips to Prevent Theftp. 105
Safeguarding Accessoriesp. 106
Hatchbacks, Convertibles, and SUVsp. 109
Alarms and Other Security Devicesp. 109
Hazards While on the Roadp. 111
Towing Tipsp. 114
Carjackingp. 115
Pointers for Safe Parkingp. 119
Buying and Selling a Used Carp. 120
Security for Other Types of Vehiclesp. 121
Protecting Your Boatp. 123
Security on the Streetsp. 124
Basic Precautionsp. 124
What to Do If You're Being Followedp. 125
Defense Weaponsp. 126
Purse Snatchers and Pickpocketsp. 130
Nighttime Walksp. 130
Jogging and Inline Skatingp. 130
Mass Transportationp. 132
Going Out on the Townp. 135
Security While Shoppingp. 138
Parking Perilsp. 138
Protecting Your Purchasesp. 141
Mall Safetyp. 141
Nighttime Shoppingp. 143
Hazards of Credit Cardsp. 143
Identity Theftp. 146
ATM Machinesp. 148
Security When You Travelp. 152
Getting There by Airp. 152
When You're the Stranger in Townp. 155
Car Tripsp. 159
Camping or Wilderness Vacationsp. 160
Resort Areasp. 161
Overseas Travelp. 161
Moving to Another Communityp. 167
Researching a New Areap. 167
Moving Dayp. 169
Setting Overseasp. 170
Family Securityp. 173
Family Violencep. 175
Spousal Abusep. 175
If You Are Batteredp. 179
Child Abusep. 183
Elder Abusep. 188
Security for Infants and Young Childrenp. 194
Daycare Centersp. 194
Preempting Sexual Abusep. 197
Child Abduction and Missing Childrenp. 198
Protecting Children from Abductionp. 201
What to Do If Your Child Is Missingp. 206
Security for Older Children and Teenagersp. 208
Safety Guidelines Every Child Should Knowp. 208
Protection for Latchkey Kidsp. 209
Influence of Violence in the Mediap. 211
Teenagers Who Commit Crimesp. 213
Cultsp. 213
Youth Gangsp. 215
Sexual Abusep. 216
The Internetp. 217
Signs of Drug Abusep. 219
Teen Suicidep. 224
Cybercrimep. 227
Hacking, Viruses, Data Breaches, and Identity Theftp. 227
Internet Scamsp. 232
How to Protect Your Computerp. 234
Community Securityp. 237
Neighborhood Crime Preventionp. 239
Forming Programs with Your Neighborsp. 239
Private-Sector Securityp. 243
Individual Crime Preventionsp. 244
Crime Prevention through Environmental Designp. 245
School and Campus Securityp. 247
Personal Safety for Studentsp. 247
Bullyingp. 249
Crime on College and University Campusesp. 251
Security in Hospitals and Nursing Homesp. 255
Staying Safe in the Hospitalp. 255
Criminal Misconduct in Nursing Homesp. 259
Keeping Seniors Safep. 263
Common Crimes against Seniorsp. 263
Telephone Scams and Other Types of Fraudp. 265
Where to Find Helpp. 266
Consumer Fraud, Con Artists, and Con Gamesp. 267
Dishonest Business Practicesp. 267
Con Artists and Their Gamesp. 271
Dating Service Dangersp. 276
Investment Fraudp. 278
Common Financial Fraudsp. 278
Spotting a Bad Dealp. 283
Knocking a Swindler Off Trackp. 286
Resources for Redressp. 287
Business and Industry Securityp. 289
Violence on the Jobp. 291
Establishing Security in the Workplacep. 291
Common Business Crimesp. 293
Who Contributes to Workplace Violencep. 298
What to Do If You Are Confrontedp. 301
Dealing with Downsizingp. 302
Instilling a Humane Environment in Today's Workplacep. 303
Danger Off the Premisesp. 303
Robbery in Small Businessesp. 305
Decreasing Your Chancesp. 305
Violence Prevention Proceduresp. 309
Protection from Violent Crimesp. 313
Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Stalkingp. 315
Rapep. 315
Acquaintance Rapep. 320
Sexual Assault on Campusp. 324
Sexual Harrassmentp. 326
Stalkers and Stalkingp. 332
Hate Crimes, Kidnapping, and Murderp. 334
Dealing with Hate-Motivated Violencep. 334
Kidnappingp. 335
If You Are a Kidnap Victimp. 337
Murderp. 338
Terrorismp. 341
Types of Attacksp. 341
Responding to a Terrorist Attackp. 344
Preparing an Evacuation Planp. 344
Precautions When Traveling Abroadp. 345
The Criminal Justice Systemp. 349
Law Enforcement and Your Rightsp. 349
Complexities of the Legal Systemp. 352
How to Report a Crimep. 354
Compensation Crime Victimsp. 355
Seeking Civil Restitutionp. 356
Preparing for Your Day in Courtp. 357
Indexp. 359
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