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It’s back to school for many students. Several ride their bikes to school. Before the school season starts, it’s time to make a safety check for the bicycle and give safety training to the rider.

The most important thing to check is for proper tire pressure. Most bicycle tires are made out of Butyl Rubber. It is a porous rubber that seeps air so the tires should be checked on a regular basis. Low tire pressure will lead to improper control of the bicycle. Proper tire inflation will also make a more comfortable ride.

The brakes need to be tested and if necessary adjusted.

Do not lubricate the chain with WD-40. It is a good cleaner and moister preventer but it shouldn’t be used as a lubricant. One of the best lubricants is Tri-Flow Bike lube. It will not let dirt and road grit accumulate on the chain. Other things to check is bearing lubrication, proper seat adjustment. Make sure the handle bar is tightly secured, clean gears, rear reflector and both rear and front lights. If the student is carrying books and supplies a good carrier is also recommended. It is important to keep the hands free so that the rider can grip both handle bars while riding the bicycle.

Each student should attend a bike safety course. Most police departments offer a course or will direct you to one.

Posted on August 14th, 2009 at 09:21 by Alex Smith in Bicycle Safety,PERSONAL SAFETY,Uncategorized,Vehicle Security - Comments (0)

In a study done by the Jackson Police Department of Jackson, Tennessee, they found that certain crimes are most likely to occur according to the season of the year. There are many factors to consider as to why a certain crime is most likely at any one time of the year.

It seems that shorter days and cooler weather we find fewer assaults and car thefts. The closer you get to the Christmas Holidays, the more likely stores find higher shoplifting and identity theft.

Here’s a breakdown of incidents they found in their community:

Fall seemed to have more vandalism than in February
Winter showed the lowest number of burglaries as compared to July.
Spring had a rise in simple assaults whereas May and December were much lower.
As you might expect, Summer had the highest of violent crimes, murders and rapes.

You will notice that the frequency of crimes has a lot to do with the weather. People are more active in hot weather and less social in colder temperatures. Some increases can be attributed to juveniles out of school with more time on their hands. The dark hours of winter makes it easier for burglaries because it affords more cover the burglar more confidence he will gwt away with it.

What this article showed me was that we need to always be aware of our surroundings no matter what time of year. Summer months we tend to not lock windows and doors which allows more crime of opportunity. Winter months we’re so wrapped up to keep warm that we tend to not see around us. Spring brings a euphoria that we tend to be more trusting of people and may let our guard down. Fall brings us Halloween and more vandalism.

Your best thing a person can do to avoid being a target is to always be alert. Remember, most crimes are crimes of opportunity. People are too often preoccupied and not paying attention to their surroundings.

Report suspicious activity even if it’s not your home. You will be protecting yourself in the long run.

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 at 07:12 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Identity theft,PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables,Vehicle Security - Comments (5)

We all have to give more attention to the our surroundings no matter where we are. Sometimes we get into a routine and let our guard down because we are so familiar with our surroundings. Here are some tips of the different places you might be in during your daily routine for personal safety.

Office/Work Place:

Always have your purse locked up in a secure drawer. Don’t leave it on the floor or desk. If you can’t lock it up in your desk, always take it with you when you leave your work area.

Never leave personal phone numbers posted on the wall around your desk. Never give a number to anyone without their permission.

If you are planning a trip, don’t tell the whole office of your plans. Tell them about your trip after you get back. It makes for a better story anyway. You never know who’s listening.

Be cautious of all repair people or those who service your office. Especially if a new person that normally does not service your office comes in. Always ask for their proper identification. If suspicious, call the company they represent or inform your boss.


Always be aware of whose in the elevator. Look inside before you enter. If a person looks suspicious, wait for the next car. DON’T GET IN.

This also applies while you are waiting for an elevator. If you feel uncomfortable with anyone waiting as well, don’t get in. Walk away look like you changed your mind to do something else.

While on the elevator try to stand close to the controls. All elevators have an emergency alarm. Also if you feel threatened push all the buttons so the elevator will stop at all floors. This gives you a better chance to escape a situation.

Parking your car at work:

Try to park your car in a well lighted area next to an exit or elevator. Know where these exits are and have an escape plan.

Have your car keys out and in your hand before entering the parking garage. While searching for them in your purse can make you unaware of what’s happening around you and you can be approached easily without you noticing.

Always look into the back seat, floorboards, and around your car as you approach it.

Needless to say, ALWAYS lock you car even when you are in it. Keep the windows up so no one can reach in.

Keep your purse on the floorboards and don’t leave it on the seat. If you leave it in plain sight just to “pop” into a store you will take the chance someone will break your car window and steal your purse.

If you are bumped from behind DO NOT get out of your car immediately. Assess your suroundings. This could be a ploy to “car jack” you. It’s best to stay in your car and wait for the police to arrive. If the other party leaves the scene don’t try to follow. Try to get the tag number and write down a good description of the vehicle.

Always leave a good distance between your car in front of you. If threatened, you can step on the gas and make a get away. Don’t try to fight off an attacker. Give up your car and run away. Your car can be replaced, you can’t. Throw the keys if needed in the the opposite direction you are running. This will create a distraction and will give you a little more time to escape.

If your car breaks down, raise the hood and get back into the car and tie something to the car antenna. If someone stops to assist you DO NOT let them into your car. Ask them to call for help and do not accept a ride from them.

Posted on July 27th, 2008 at 05:03 by Alex Smith in Car Security,PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables,Vehicle Security - Comments (3)

You can do a few things to make your vehicle less likely to be stolen. Often TIME makes the difference whether a thief steals your car or the one next to it. If your vehicle is harder to steal they will try another.

If you parallel park, always turn your wheels toward the curb. This makes it harder to hitch up a tow truck to your car. Most cars also have a lock on the steering column so the wheels cannot be turned back into traffic without the key in the ignition.

If your car is a rear wheel drive, back it into your driveway. Front wheel drive, park it in the drive fowards.

NEVER keep your vehicle registration, or insurance information in the glove compartment. Keep it on your person. Thieves can alter these very easily to sell your vehicle.

Whenever possible, park in a well lighted area.


Posted on March 29th, 2007 at 14:31 by Alex Smith in Car Security,Vehicle Security - Comment (1)

This is one of the worst situations you may find yourself in because most carjackers are so unpredictable and probably in a drug induced state. So no matter what you do, it could mean your life.

Statistics have shown that a man that is forced into a vehicle has only about a 2% chance of coming out uninjured or alive. A woman has a better chance but it’s only 10% to 12% of being unharmed.

There is no hard fastened rule of what to do, but most experts feel a diversionary tactic is the best way out of this situation. The carjacker really wants your car most of the time so keep this in mind. When he demands you get into the car try at first talking to him “no I won’t go with you, but I will give you my car keys.” Then don’t hand them to him directly but throw them on the ground and depending on the area throw them away from you and the car. You have a better chance of surviving this by running in the opposite direction of where you have thrown the keys while his attention has been diverted by throwing the keys.

During the confrontation try to look at the carjacker and remember as many features about him especially his face. His height, what he is wearing, his speech, etc.

Again, the diversionary tactic I discussed earlier is no guarantee you will come out unscathed. Fighting with the attacker is not advised. The first rule of thumb though is to leave your car in a place where you won’t be put in this situation. Park in well lighted places and where there are other people around. Some experts say to have a loud whistle or air horn.

Always be aware of your surroundings. It could save your life.

Posted on December 27th, 2005 at 06:57 by Alex Smith in Car Security,Vehicle Security,warning signs - Comments (0)

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