Tips To Keep Women Safe!!

Real Estate Agent with Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002
A friend sent me these tips after I was mugged many years ago.  I now use these tips to help keep me safe in the world. Please pass it on to others if you think it is helpful!

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM . Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. 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 big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. 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. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably ! in a zig -zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP . It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door."

The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door." He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.


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Kevin Bungert
ReMax Professional Group - East Northport, NY

Jean-  I am the former owner of 2 Century 21 offices with 60 agents, 55 of them are women.  I told every single one the same thing when I hired them.  There is NOTHING more important than going home to your family every night.  No commission is worth getting hurt or worse, be observant and be careful, if something doesn't feel right or scares you DO NOT DO IT!  I hope all the ladies out there read your post, but I really hope they never are in harms way for a lousy deal!


Apr 29, 2008 01:35 PM #1
Jean Powers
Kane & Associates call 510.908.9002 - Alameda, CA
CRS,e-PRO,HAFA,SFR Broker, Northern California
Kevin, you must be a great broker, I have never heard this from any brokers and I thank you for your comment!
Apr 29, 2008 01:38 PM #2
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY
Jean, thanks for the safety tips.  I myself was robbed while working in a convenience store by gunpoint when I was 16, so a Realtor I realize how important it is to be careful as possible and take safety precautions.
Apr 29, 2008 01:38 PM #3
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Realty - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

As a REALTOR(R) Safety Instructor and former police officer, it amazes me how little agents think about their safety.  I'm glad you posted this and I hope it gets people to think - men and women, because a lot of men take chances, thinking that they are too "tough" to be attacked!


Apr 29, 2008 03:00 PM #4
Pam Winterbauer
Pam Winterbauer Real Estate - San Ramon, CA
"Providing Blue Ribbon Service"
Jean.....great safety tips.  thanks for keeping us informed and safe.
Apr 29, 2008 03:47 PM #5
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate


Great safety tips.  Both the elevator and stairs make me nervous at night.

May 01, 2008 08:02 AM #6
Chuck & Lucy Willman - Alpine, UT
Jean- It's such a shame that we even have to think of these things... but these are some very good points that everyone in this industry should know.
May 02, 2008 11:13 AM #7
Dione Sage
Nova Home Loans - Gilbert, AZ

This is great. Thank you Jean for sharing these safety tips with all of us. Unfortunately we can never be to carefull now days. The best of luck to you.

May 03, 2008 03:53 AM #8


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