Any person who has email gets missives from friends without any personal chatter.
It's more fun to get a personal note, but sometimes those missives are important. Like the email from my friend Janet Schiltz. I'm pretty sure this has been around before, and I may even have talked about it, but the fact remains, these are good hints.
If a robber asks for your wallet or purse, don't hand it to him. Toss it away from you and run in the opposite direction. Chances are he is more interested in the wallet than you.
If you're ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out a tail light, stick your arm out the hole and wave like crazy. The driver won't see you, but others will.
Women often get into their cars and just sit doing something. Don't. This is the perfect opportunity for someone to get in on the passenger side and put a gun to your head. As soon as you get into the car, lock the doors and drive away.
If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, do not drive off. Instead, gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. Anyone in the back seat will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run.
A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat.
B) If you are parked next to a van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C) Look at the cars parked on either side of your vehicle. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot, especially at night.
If a predator has a gun and you are not under his control, always run. Statistics show a running target will be hit only four in 100 times, and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run, preferably in a zig-zag pattern.
Women try to be sympathetic: Stop it. It may get you raped or killed. Serial killers play on the sympathies of unsuspecting women.
If you hear a crying baby on the porch at night, call the police. Do not open the door.
If you wake up in the middle of the night hearing all outside taps running or what you think is a burst pipe, call the police. Do not go out to investigate.
There you have it. Good information.
So long friends, until the next time when we're together.
Sandy Mickelson, retired lifestyle editor of The Messenger, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.