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When we talk about violence, we can't ignore weapons. Nine out of ten murders involve a weapon - eight of ten involve a firearm. Most robberies involve the use of a weapon, most frequently a handgun. One in seven teens has reported carrying a weapon - like a bat, club, gun, or knife - at some time to protect himself. Weapons can make violence more deadly and less personal. A gun in the home increases the likelihood of homicide three times and the likelihood of suicide five times. Reduce the risk Think long and hard about having weapons, especially firearms, in your home. Studies show that a firearm in the home is more than forty times as likely to hurt or kill a family member as to stop a crime. Look at other ways to protect yourself and your home. Invest in top-grade locks, jamming devices for doors and windows, a dog, or an alarm system. Start or join a Neighborhood Watch. Check with the police, the YMCA/YWCA, or the recreation department about a self-defense class. If you do choose to own firearms - handguns, rifles, or shotguns - make sure they are safely stored. That means unloaded, trigger-locked, and in a locked gun case or pistol box, with ammunition separately locked. Store keys out of reach of children, away from weapons and ammunition. Check frequently to make sure this storage remains secure ammunition. Check frequently to make sure this storage remains secure. Obtain training from a certified instructor in firearms safety for everyone in the home. Make sure it's kept current. Teach your children what to do if they find a firearm or something that might be a weapon - Stop, Don't Touch, Get Away, and Tell a Trusted Adult. Stop violence Show children how to settle arguments or solve problems without using words or actions that hurt others. Set the example by the way you handle everyday conflicts in the family, at work, and in the neighborhood. Don't forget that common courtesies like "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" help ease tensions that can lead to violence. Discourage name-calling and teasing. These can easily get out of hand, moving all too quickly from "just words" to fists, knives, and even firearms. Teach children that bullying is wrong and take their fears about bullies seriously. Take a hard look at what you, your family, and your friends watch and listen to for entertainment - from action movies and cop shows to video games and music lyrics. How do the characters solve problems? Do they make firearms and other violence appear exciting, funny, or glamorous? Are the real-life consequences of violence for victims and families clear? Talk about what each of you liked and didn't like. Stick with friends and family who steer clear of violence and drugs. And encourage your children to do the same. Research shows use of alcohol and other drugs is closely linked with violence, including the use of guns and other weapons.
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
                                               Talking with Kids About Drugs Don’t put off talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs. As early as fourth grade, kids worry about pressures to try drugs. School programs alone aren’t enough. Parents must become involved, but most parents aren’t sure how to tell their children about drugs. Open communication is one of the most effective tools you can use in helping your child avoid drug use. Talking freely and really listening show children that they mean a great deal to you. What do you say? Tell them that you love them and you want them to be healthy and happy. Say you do not find alcohol and other illegal drugs acceptable. Many parents never state this simple principle. Explain how this use hurts people. Physical harm - for example, AIDS, slowed growth, impaired coordination, accidents. Emotional harm - sense of not belonging, isolation, paranoia. Educational harm - difficulties remembering and paying attention. 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. Talk about positive, drug-free alternatives, and how you can explore them together. Some ideas include sports, reading, movies, bike rides, hikes, camping, cooking, games, and concerts. Involve your kids’ friends. How do you say it? Calmly and openly - don’t exaggerate. The facts speak for themselves. Face to face - exchange information and try to understand each other’s point of view. Be an active listener and let your child talk about fears and concerns. Don’t interrupt and don’t preach. Through "teachable moments" - in contrast to a formal lecture, use a variety of situations - television news, TV dramas, books, newspaper. Establish an ongoing conversation rather than giving rather than giving a one-time speech. Remember that you set the example. Avoid contradictions between your words and your actions. Don’t use illegal drugs, period! Be creative! You and your child might act out various situation in which one person tries to pressure another to take a drug. Figure out two or three ways to handle each situation and talk about which works best. Exchange ideas with other parents. Why do kids use drugs? Young people say they turn to alcohol and other drugs for one or more of the following reasons: To do what their friends are doing. To escape pain in their lives. To fit in. Boredom. For fun. Curiosity. To take risks                                                      Take A Stand! Educate yourself about the facts surrounding alcohol and other drug use. You will lose credibility with your child if your information is not correct. Establish clear family rules against drug use and enforce them consistently. Develop your parenting skills through seminars, networking with other parents, reading, counseling, and support groups. Work with other parents to set community standards - you don’t raise a child alone. Volunteer at schools, youth centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, or other activities in your community. 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 react 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         neighborhoods 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 taht can help neighbors. Ten Things Kids can do to prevent violence: 1. Settle arguments with words, not fists or weapons. Don't stand around and form an audience. 2. Learn safe routes for walking in the neighborhood, and know good places to seek help. Trust your feelings, and if there's a sense of danger, get away fast. 3. Report any crimes or suspicious actions to the police, school authorities, and parents. Be willing to testify if needed. 4. Don't open the door to anyone you and your parents don't know and trust. 5. Never go anywhere with someone you and your parents don't know and trust. 6. If someone tries to abuse you, say no, get away, and tell a trusted adult. Remember, it's not the victim's fault. 7. Don't use alcohol and other drugs, and stay away from places and people associated with them. 8. Stick with friends who are also against violence and drugs, and stay away from known trouble spots. 9. Get involved to make school safer and better - having poster contests against violence, holding anti- drug rallies, counseling peers, and settling disputes peacefully. If there's no program, help start one! 10. Help younger children learn to avoid being crime victims. Set a good example and volunteer to help with community efforts to stop crime.
When we talk about violence, we can't ignore weapons. Nine out of ten murders involve a weapon - eight of ten involve a firearm. Most robberies involve the use of a weapon, most frequently a handgun. One in seven teens has reported carrying a weapon - like a bat, club, gun, or knife - at some time to protect himself. Weapons can make violence more deadly and less personal. A gun in the home increases the likelihood of homicide three times and the likelihood of suicide five times. Reduce the risk. Think long and hard about having weapons, especially firearms, in your home. Studies show that a firearm in the home is more than forty times as likely to hurt or kill a family member as to stop a crime. Look at other ways to protect yourself and your home. Invest in top-grade locks, jamming devices for doors and windows, a dog, or an alarm system. Start or join a Neighborhood Watch. Check with the police, the YMCA/YWCA, or the recreation department about a self-defense class. If you do choose to own firearms - handguns, rifles, or shotguns - make sure they are safely stored. That means unloaded, trigger-locked, and in a locked gun case or pistol box, with ammunition separately locked. Store keys out of reach of children, away from weapons and ammunition. Check frequently to make sure this storage remains secure. Obtain training from a certified instructor in firearms safety for everyone in the home. Make sure it's kept current. Teach your children what to do if they find a firearm or something that might be a weapon - Stop, Don't Touch, Get Away, and Tell a Trusted Adult. Stop violence Show children how to settle arguments or solve problems without using words or actions that hurt others. Set the example by the way you handle everyday conflicts in the family, at work, and in the neighborhood. Don't forget that common courtesies like "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" help ease tensions that can lead to violence. Discourage name-calling and teasing. These can easily get out of hand, moving all too quickly from "just words" to fists, knives, and even firearms. Teach children that bullying is wrong and take their fears about bullies seriously.
                                 Dangerous Weapons
The following Safety Tips were compiled, to contribute to the safety and security of people while shopping and/or parking lot safety.  It is a time when people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. Driving  • Avoid driving alone or at night. Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device. If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked. Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside. Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car. Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door. When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location. for an escort before leaving your shopping location. Automated Teller Machine (ATM) If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location. Shopping Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry. Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
Street Crime Awareness
If you see an impaired driver on the road, or if you know someone who is driving without a license after an O.V.I. conviction, please be the responsible one and notify the appropriate authorities. You could not only save their lives, but that of innocent others. The following is a guide for detecting possible "Impaired Drivers." Driver looks bleary eyed or his/her movements are slow and inaccurate Makes wide turns Straddles center line Straddles center line Suddenley swerves or continuously weaves May nearly strike another vehicle Stops in roadway without cause Uses brakes erratically Drives into opposing traffic Signals to turn one way, then turns another Follows traffic ahead too closely or drives quickly into traffic ahead and breaks suddenly Responds slowly to traffic signals Drives without headlights at night Rapidly accelerates or drives at high speeds Drives very slowly Makes abrupt or illegal turns Drives a path which is not on the designated roadway
                               Detecting Impaired Drivers