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NCJ Number: 78437 Find in a Library
Title: On Guard! - A Citizen's Crime Prevention Handbook
Corporate Author: Protection Unlimited
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 133
Sponsoring Agency: Protection Unlimited
Denver, CO 80218
Sale Source: Protection Unlimited
P.O. Box 18757
Denver, CO 80218
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Detailed guidelines are provided to enable citizens to protect themselves against both property crimes and crimes against the person by reducing the opportunities for crimes to occur.
Abstract: The manual is intended to encourage citizens to break habits which have allowed crime to flourish and to provide a checklist of specific precautionary information. A section on personal protection provides guidelines for hiring or being a babysitter, being followed in a car or on foot, protecting children at home and away from home, and dealing with delivery or repair persons. Instructions are also given for elderly persons' self-protection, gun ownership, and hitchhiking. Additional guidelines cover obscene or threatening phone calls, preventing and defending against sexual assault, dealing with solicitors, and handling telephone directory and building roster listings. The section on protecting money discusses pickpockets, the protection of purses and handbags, and 17 types of confidence games, including the lost wallet con, mail order scams, and teenage cons. Information for residents of both apartments and houses discusses burglar alarms, fences, lights and timers, mailing of valuables, neighborhood watch programs, shrubbery, vacations, and windows and doors. An additional section details how to prevent automobile and bicycle thefts and thefts of automobile parts. A list of miscellaneous suggestions for preventing crime is also supplied. The final section, focusing on first aid and personal safety, describes 34 situations which could involve an injury and directs the reader to research and determine the means of dealing with each situation. Diagrams are included.
Index Term(s): Campus Security; Citizen crime precautions; Confidence game; Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; First aid; Personal Security/Self Protection; Property crimes; Residential security; Theft offenses; Violent crimes
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