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Creating a Victim-Proof Mindset: Part 3

Dear Friends,

I wanted to take a few moments to discuss the human reaction to the tragedies that have captured many people’s attention recently.

Due to the 24-hour news cycle and speed of media, we are constantly barraged by local, national and global events. Immediately following every event people contact me and make statements such as, “it seems like the world’s gone crazy,” or “why is this happening all of a sudden?” The simple fact is: the world’s not any crazier today than it’s been over the last 10 years or over the last 2,000 years. Today, through all the varying media outlets and social media platforms, we find out about tragedy and destruction at a faster pace, making it seem much more up close and personal. Let’s face it, the job of media is to grab your attention and boost their ratings by keeping you glued to the T.V. This is often accomplished by sensationalizing and politicizing every detail of these events. (more…)

Creating a Victim-Proof Mindset: Part 2


Understanding the Criminal Mind


Once we firmly establish that there are threats that exist in the world around us, and that we could potentially fall victim to crime, the next step would be to gain some basic knowledge and understanding of how the criminal thinks, selects and targets their victims. (more…)

Creating a Victim-Proof Mindset: Part 1

To start the process of creating a victim-proof mindset we must begin by acknowledging that criminals exist in the world around us, and the reality is that we could be victimized. Denying either of these facts may further expose us to the potential threats that exist. The key to becoming, what we refer to in our books, as “street-smart,” is a step-by-step learning process, starting with a strong foundation of knowledge. (more…)

Preparing for a Time of Crisis

We will never be able to control the criminal and inhumane actions of others, or the catastrophic forces of nature. What we can control is how we prepare ourselves so that we may better act in a manner which gives us the best chance of survival when a difficult situation or crisis occurs.

When dealing with emergency or critical life situations, there are only 3 types of individuals:

  1. those who take proactive steps to avoid becoming a victim;
  2. those who haven’t safeguarded themselves and stand helpless, awaiting rescue; and,
  3. those devastated by a tragic incident asking, “How could this happen to me?”

During a crisis or emergency is not the time to make preparations. A Safer Life has been developed as a simple-to-use, step-by-step learning system to help us all prepare for a wide variety of occurrences that many will face in their future. Experts are warning that the time is now. It’s better to be prepared for an event that never happens, than to be unprepared for an event that does.

A Safer Life welcomes you to join our community of like-minded individuals, focused on “safeguarding yourself and loved ones against crime and disaster.” Working together we are all the solution for safer families, neighborhoods and communities.

Look for our upcoming blog series on creating a victim-proof mindset.


The Importance of being “Your Own First Responder”

For the perspective of the victim, public safety professionals are reactionary services during emergency situations. It is the victims who are the first to know there is an emergency requiring

professional assistance response to save lives and property. How the victims are personally prepared to handle emergencies will have a direct result of the ability to survive and recover; or

not. It is the victims who are truly the “First Responders.” Recent global killings of police officers, combat style slaying of school children and civil dis- obedience is a reminder of the importance that you must take proactive measures to ensure the safety and security of your family. Not only have these violent acts dominated all news sources reporting the details of these tragedies, the sources of these violent tragedies all have promised more to come.

No community is immune from tragic events. Whether you agree with the violent agendas or not, we are all victims in many ways. The mass gatherings for civil dis-obedience eliminate public safety response when you need fire or ambulance services among many other negative impacts on our communities and families.

Any group or individual feeling justified to commit violent crime does not care if you agree with them or not. They usually do not care how you voted or how you worship.

Here is the reminder we have been advocating with “AWARE, NOT AFRAID.”

 No form of government has ever been capable to eradicate crime or control the forces of nature.

 At best, public safety professionals are reactionary services. An emergency beyond your abilities must occur before any type of assistance is dispatched to help.

 Modern conveniences have eroded our instincts and abilities to be self-reliant to communicate, obtain food, water, clothing, shelter and entertainment without a personal communication device or a shopping mall.

 None of us have the ability to control or stop the motivations of violent criminal behavior.

“AWARE, NOT AFRAID” is not focused on motivations and causes of emergencies or disasters. Not matter your personal views, we are all potential victims of sources beyond our control. Since we cannot control violent behavior or forces of nature, “AWARE, NOT AFRAID” allows you to evaluate your personal lifestyle to identify potential risk exposures. Therefore, you can custom design corrective actions that work for you and your family.

No matter what your personal views are regarding individual violent crime or civil dis-obedience, we are all susceptible to being victims.

What are you doing to protect your family? What preventive measures have you and your family designed to survive and recover from any life threatening emergency?

You never will recover from the personal persecution experiences when you know in your heart you could have done something to prevent or have a chance to survive when a loved one is gravely injured or dies from any type of emergency.

Please stay safe,

J.C. and Melvin

Car Jacking Kidnapping Dangers/Safeguards

Woodridge man charged with hijacking, kidnapping woman and 2 kids


A Woodridge man in prison on an unrelated armed robbery charge has been charged with hijacking and kidnapping a woman and her two young children in April 2014.

John A. Smith, 18, formerly of Woodridge, is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of armed robbery. All charges are Class X felonies.

Prosecutors say the victim and her two children were sitting in their parked minivan at 11:07 a.m. on April 26, 2014, in a grocery store parking lot when Smith, armed with a large butcher knife, entered through the passenger side door.

Smith, authorities said, then ordered the woman to drive to a nearby bank to get money, which she did. Smith also allegedly stole $45 cash and roughly $100 of Canadian currency from the woman before leaving the vehicle, prosecutors said.


The importance of CarjackingStaying Alert (SA) when Driving

Too often we view news reports of victims being assaulted in their vehicles. As stated before, it is not possible for any of us to control the motivations of individuals wishing to violently attack you or take your property. It is possible for us to reduce the potential to become victimized. We begin with acknowledging the fact that crime does exist and quite possibility today is the day I may have to fight for my life. As we outline in “AWARE, NOT AFRAID,” before departing your residence for the day:

 Review with your family your schedules, coordination and communications instructions.

 Review awareness habits for observing activities surrounding you as you move through public settings.

 Reminders to not use personal communication devices while moving in traffic. Pay attention for individuals that may be focusing on your actions when you must stop your vehicle or following you.

 Where and how will you and family members reunite during emergencies with and without the use of personal communication devices?

 Review your identified travel routes and pre-selected safe locations to use if anyone feels threatened and needs help. It is an unfortunate fact that we feel completely secure when in out vehicles. We must break out of this illusion of safety. It is habitual to focus on activities in front of us and lose focus or not be concerned at all with activities behind or to our left and right.

 Our eyes are in the front of our skulls and it is natural to focus forward.

 We are in motion and the obvious traffic dangers forward of our vehicle where it is natural for us to observe.

 Personal communication devices, group conversations, radio programming, audio books, eating or music may distract our attention. Survival from attack while in your vehicle requires you to remain alert to activities around your vehicle from other vehicles and pedestrian behaviors. Alert posture eliminates being surprised from potential vehicle collision and possible attack by criminals on foot. This alert posture to activities also requires your constant recognition of a safe escape route to drive your vehicle away from any threat or impact collision point, whether moving or temporarily stopped. This constant vigilance is not possible if you voluntarily permit yourself to be distracted. In order for an ambush attack to occur, you must be trapped and mobility restricted. Uncontrolled stops always occur at road intersections, construction zones and during high volume commute traffic conditions. When forced to stop under any situation, remain alert to all activities occurring around your vehicle.

 Never stop too close to a vehicle in front of you that prevents escape mobility.

 An alert posture will reveal potential threats coming toward you from left, right or behind. Study of vehicle ambush attacks reveal the attackers trap/distract with an action forward of the vehicle while the attack comes from left, right and/or behind.

 If you feel threatened, move your vehicle. Do not remain stopped.

 Your constant alert status also provides the assurance your escape route is clear and safe to use. Always keep you vehicle moving when you are threatened.

Never stop to assist others if you are not comfortable with the setting. Call Public Safety with details you observed to send assistance. Unfortunately, criminals pretend needs for assistance to ambush anyone wishing to help. Never feel guilty about protecting your family and yourself. You will change forever if guilt and regret haunt you because you know you allowed yourself to be distracted and trapped resulting in the loss of a loved one.

J.C. and Melvin