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Holiday safety tips: It's the most wonderful time of the year for thieves too

While shopping on Black Friday Miami-Dade Police wants you to remember the Three A’s of Crime Prevention:

Be Aware of Your Surroundings, Be Alert to Suspicious People and Vehicles, Avoid Dangerous Situations. Your goal is to avoid being injured. There is nothing in your purse or wallet worth serious injury or death!

  • Is it absolutely necessary to carry a purse at all times?   A wallet or credit card in a pocket would be less tempting.
  • Carry only the amount of cash or credit cards that you need. 
  • Zip or close purse securely to avoid pickpocketers.  Carry purse or shoulder-bag in front of you and close to your body.  Do not carry spare keys in your purse. 
  • Keep your purse on your lap when dining or at meetings. 
  • Avoid carrying a lot of packages, it can make you look defenseless.  Place all packages and gifts in the locked trunk of your vehicle. 
  • In the supermarket, do not leave your purse in the shopping cart.  REMEMBER: Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, out-of-purse! 
  • Avoid displaying valuables such as jewelry or large sums of money.  Also, dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid an attack.
  • Throughout Florida, citizens are facing follow-home strong-arm robberies.  As you drive home day or night, look for potential danger before entering your driveway.  Walkways, doorways, and driveways should be well-lit around your home. 
  • Do not enter your driveway if a suspicious vehicle has followed you.  Go to the nearest safe location, or an area where there are people and call the police.  If you are confronted in your driveway, remain in your locked car with your windows up and blow your horn.  The distance from your car to your front door is no man's land. 
  • If attacked outside, just give up the property and when attacked, if you are going to be knocked down, sit down.
  • When using the ATM, make sure that it is not in a secluded location and is well lighted.  Also, use the “buddy system”.  Go directly to your car and count the cash in your vehicle, not at the ATM. 
  • At home, do not display all your gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
  • Going on vacation for the Holidays – have a friend or family member check on your home and leave emergency contact information with them. 
  • Beware of con-games and fraud schemes, only give to charities that you have dealt with before. 
  • Be aware of where you are and where you are going at all times.  Stay away from a  potentially dangerous area or situation. 
  • Trust your instincts.  If you suspect something is wrong, or if a situation seems dangerous, you may by right!  Don’t dismiss suspicious people, cars, or situations.  Report them immediately. 
     
    Call 9-1-1- for EMERGENCY and (305) 4-POLICE [476-5423] for NON EMERGENCY. 

 

Posted by Andrea Torres at 07:41 AM on November 27, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

OMG! What is wrong with these fathers?

Fall River police arrested Michael Monahan, 35, after he locked his sons, ages 3 and 6, in the trunk of his Pontiac Trans Am while he ran an errand in a sailing shop. Here is the story.

Indianapolis police arrested Donald Crawford, 39, after he left his 5-year-old son watching cartoons in a semitrailer -- with the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked -- while he was drinking in a strip club. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 04:39 PM on November 26, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

 

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Riot police clash with dozens of women commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, on Wednesday, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday. (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

Learn more about International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:53 AM on November 25, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Furry felons rob tourists

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A gang of about 29 baboons raided four cars in Cape Town, South Africa. The baboons unlocked doors and jumped through windows to search for food. Here is the story.  
 

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:22 PM on November 24, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Police: Suspect ate evidence like Pacman

385px-Pac_Man_svg While he was handcuffed, suspected bank robber John H. Ford, 35, of Cleveland, managed to eat a note.

Police believe it was the note he used to ask a bank teller for money.

"He grabbed it in his mouth, just like Pacman,'' said Twinsburg police Patrolman Daniel Biada

Ford couldn't devour the stack of cash. Police found it in his Ford Escort. 

Ohio.com has the dash cam video.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:37 PM on November 23, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Police car collision kills two teens

A video recently released shows Milford, Conn., police officer Jason Anderson was driving at 94 mph. An arrest affidavit said  Anderson may have been racing another officer on the Boston Post Road on June 13 when he struck a car carrying David Servin and Ashlie Krakowski, both 19, the New Haven Register and the New York Post reported.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 05:47 AM on November 19, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Police: Cannibals sell flesh to kebab kiosk

Kebab Russian police said three homeless men used a hammer and a knife to kill a 25-year-old man. Police found parts of the corpse near a bus stop last week.

Detectives said the trio dismembered the man's body, buried "the upper part and cooked the lower part" for dinner -- yes the lower part.

After their meal, they sold the leftovers to a kebab kiosk. On Tuesday, forensic experts were still investigating if any of this man's flesh made it to the public's hands.

The Komsomolskaya newspaper reported the killers were friends with the victim. My apologies if the little picture on the left made you feel nauseous. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 06:05 PM on November 17, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Trousers for women are still illegal in Paris

2448921972_e8320fd4ac An outdated Parisian law  banning women from using trousers has police women of Paris breaking the law. 

A police chief introduced the law in 1800 and it was later amended to allow Parissiennes to wear pants when riding a bycicle or a horse.  But this is no history lesson, the latest failed attempt to get rid of the ridiculous rule was in 2003.865_l_chanel20fashion-chanel20fashion1

Pionneering fashion designer Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Channel got famous  for defying the law. The iconic french woman left her mark in history for having introduced menswear to women's closets around the world -- and still Paris officials can't get their act together. She died in 1971.

Here is the story.

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Posted by Andrea Torres at 05:05 PM on November 17, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Black cat jumps on police officer

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Men accused of setting women on fire in front of children

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