Did you ever read one of those chain e-mails about your safety and think, “Wow, I never thought of that,” and then become paranoid about the issue(s) at hand?
I often wonder if learning those things is really good for us so that we can be prepared in a potentially dangerous situation, or if ignorance is really bliss and it’s better to just act on instinct in those same situations.
I bring this up because last week I received an e-mail forward that was actually a spoof on all of the things some of us read throughout the year. Although it was in a funny context, it made me think of all the random ways someone could try to harm another person.
Such as: Don’t park next to a van with no windows because someone could grab you as you go in or out of the car. Or be aware of people outside of the mall who are offering perfume samples because it could be a drug and they could rob you. And don’t open your door if you hear a baby crying outside because it’s a ploy for you to come out and check. And then if you see a note on the back of your car, don’t stop and get out after you reversed because, again, it’s a ploy for them to have easy access to enter your car and harm you. The list could go on and on, and whether there is some truth to them or not, when we hear about these things it makes us paranoid.
To protect yourself in any scary situation you should always be aware of your surroundings, and listen to your local news so that you can hear about what is going on in your area. Most importantly, you should look into self-defense courses.
There are a couple of ways to go about it. First, the traditional way would be to go to a martial arts academy. Locally we have the Eastern Martial Arts Academy in Atlantic City (easternmartialarts.net) and then Modesto’s Karate Academies LLC in Egg Harbor Twp. and Margate (modestokarate.net), to name only a couple. Second, all I have been hearing about lately is how awesome and popular kickboxing is among my friends and colleagues. Many people I know truly enjoy going locally to L.A. Boxing in the Somers Point ShopRite plaza. They love that they get a great workout and have the option to learn various fighting styles such as boxing, kickboxing and MMA. On a national level there is the Association for Women’s Self Defense Advancement. Their annual conference is Nov. 4-7 in Arizona. More info can be found at awsda.org.
Taking courses is a way we can do our part to protect ourselves, but there’s also the technology aspect.
Lately I’ve been hearing about a technology that would not only help decrease crime and increase safety, but is also a great concept and illustrates “thinking outside the box.” I’m talking about the Atlantic City Chariots of the Sky Gondola Project. I recently spoke to Cynthia Cortopassi, the facilitator of this concept, and she is just bubbling with excitement about the necessity for the city to have it.
She boasts about the statistics of how something of this stature could reduce the potential of crime, as people would be safe in the gondolas. They would not only be helpful in the traffic aspect, since you wouldn’t have to take your car everywhere you have to go, but also because it would be connected to all of the casinos and would take guests safely to their destination without the need for a designated driver, and/or without the worry of walking the city streets late at night.
I guess to answer my own question, I think it is always good to be prepared so you can be ready for any type of situation that comes your way. Even if some of the things you hear sound really bogus you just never know, and the bottom line is that you need to be prepared. Plus, you may have the opportunity to come to someone’s rescue if need be.
Whether you take classes for yourself or you hear about great ways that technology can help, remember that safety should come first.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.