Cell Phone Self-Defense Week – -Tip #5

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So this ends our week of cell phone “self-defense” tips. We thought of rerunning our very popular Crime Deterrent post but projectile humor didn’t seem appropriate so we dug deeper. While this last tip isn’t exactly a self-defense tip it is an important tip for helping you stay informed without breaking the bank. Free Directory Service from your cell phone!
If you dial 411 information from your cell phone you are going to be hit with a nice “little” service change ranging from $1.00 to $2.00!! So instead of dialing 411 and pay dial 800-FREE-411 (800-373-3411) and get your information for free (at no additional charge but at the expense of normal airtime)! Punch that number in and save it to your contact list today! Now that I think of it this could be considered a self-defense tip as it is protecting you from being … taken advantage of … by your mobile service provider! Hope you found these tips useful.

Cell Phone Self-Defense Week – -Tip #4

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This week you are learning that your cell phone is truly an important Self-Defense and life tool. Well what do you do if your cell phone is stolen or lost!?! Think of everything that you have stored on the phone, contacts, pictures and more…not a nice thought. But it happens, cell phones bring a premium on the black market to criminal types so what DO you do if yours is stolen. Why disable it of course but you need to plan ahead for this event. You need to have your cell phone or mobile devices serial number. On some phones you can get the serial number by keying in the following code *#06#. A 15 digit number will appear on the phones display. This 15 digit number is unique to your phone. Once you retrieve this number write it down and keep it in a safe place.
If your cell phone or mobile device should ever get stolen call your service provider and give them the 15 digit serial number. Depending on your provider (and who answers the support line) they may be able to use this code to block your handset even if the thief changed the SIM card thus rendering your stolen cell phone useless. You won’t get your phone back but perhaps no one else will be using it either! Stay safe, protect your assets and make crime unprofitable!

Cell Phone Self-Defense Week – -Tip #3

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Here is a cool way to use your phone though chances are you won’t need this one.
Does your car have a remote keyless entry system? Then keep reading. If you ever lock your keys in your car but have a spare set at home you may be in luck. If someone is at home call home on your cell phone and ask them to get your spare set of keys. Then have them hold the keys to the phone and press the unlock button. At the same time you hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door. Your car will unlock! So you no longer have to wait for someone to drive your keys to you, especially handy if you are in another State. This trick also works for your trunk and if we’re right about this it should work for remote car starters however we haven’t tested that one yet. Let us know if it does.

Dangerous Stalker

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A few days ago a man was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport carrying a knife, stun gun, a baton and Mace. The man was 42 year old Timothy J. Pentaleri of Belleville, Illinois. The police went on to say that he was also wearing a disguise consisting of a heavy brown coat, a wig and a fake mustache and beard. The heavy coat drew the suspicion of the police and upon approaching him realized something wasn’t quiet right. When the officers frisked him they discovered the weapons which led to his immediate arrest. Later the police located and searched his vehicle and found a shovel, handcuffs, duct tape, and other items, including a handwritten note saying he would stun the woman and “club her hard,” according to the police report. Police also found a duffel bag containing condoms, a pillowcase cut into strips and other items. It was discovered that was plotting to kidnap his former girlfriend when she got off a flight.
There is no need to speculate how this would have turned out if the police had not noticed this deranged man. The question as to how this would have turned out is only a question of how prepared his ex-girlfriend is for this type of situation. Given his preparation it is doubtful he expected a lot of resistance. But to carry out his plan he would have had to get close enough to her to use the close range weapons he was carrying (with the exception of the Mace). This is an excellent example of the type of situation where awareness is our best self-defense weapon. Luckily we will not find out if his ex-girlfriend would have reacted in a way to save herself. Regardless, we hope she takes steps in the future to be ready to protect herself. Be aware, be safe.

Cell Phone Self-Defense Week – -Tip #2

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Now you know how to get help in an emergency but what do you do if your cell phone’s battery is low and you need help!?! Don’t worry some cell phones (such as Nokia) have an emergency reserve in the battery that you can activate (if you know how). SO the next time your cell phone battery is about to die here is what you do… To activate the reserve battery power, press the keys *#4720#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve activated and you should see a 30% increase in the battery. The reserve will get charged the next time you charge your cell phone. To see if your phone has this ability check to see if it has the Half Rate Codec, as stated not all phones have this feature. The sequence *3370# enables Enhanced Full Rate Codec, which provides better sound quality at the expense of shorter battery life.
So when you are lost in the wilderness, need help, and your battery is about to die you now know what to do. With this kind of knowledge you could quickly become the hero of the day, at the very least you can explain to your friends why the person in the movie could have gotten the help they needed if they had read this blog!

Cell Phone Self-Defense Week – -Tip #1

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We’ve covered the importance of cell phones as tools of self-defense but this week we will disclose 5 unusual ways to use your cell phone to make yourself safer! Here goes…
Send help NOW! We in the United States tend to take our emergency services for granted, here we simply dial 911 and theoretically help is on the way. But even here using a cell phone to dial 911 can introduce some deals in getting help. Fear not, there is a solution to this emergency woe.
Most people don’t realize it but there is a worldwide Emergency Number you can dial from any mobile device (including cell phones). The Worldwide Emergency Number is 112. This number will work even if you are not within your coverage area. When you dial 112 the mobile device will search any existing network to establish the correct emergency number for you. Another interesting fact is that this Emergency Number (112) can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. So the next time you have an Emergency and are away from home, dial 112 to get the assistance you need.

Proud Army Wife on the 4th

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Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
Jesus Christ and the American G.I.
One died for your soul and the other for your freedom.
By Danielle “A proud Army wife”

Happy Independence Day!!

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July 4th, Independence Day

Independence Day

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Hallowed be the day, forever bright its memory in the heart of the Nation.
Sing to it, poets;
shout to it, freemen;
celebrate it with bonfires, parades, and triumphant assemblies
(Daily Alta California, 4 July 1855).

Channel your energy

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To often we are misguided. To often we are apathetic. To often we waste our energy on the wrong target because it is easy. It was recently reported the Flight attendants feel wrath of fliers. I’m not sure why this was news but it got me to thinking. Flight attendants, store clerks, front line employees in most cases catch the wrath of us the consumers. This is rarely warranted because these employees are almost as powerless as we are. We forget that like us these people are just trying to make a living and do their job. There are always those who want to make a living and NOT do their job, those deserve our wrath! But in general we focus our energy on the little guy when we have a problem. That is why the people we should be focusing our energy on pay them to do this job. They are a decoy for you to channel your energy onto. This of course is a pointless as punching a random, non-threatening guy walking by when someone else is giving you a hard time. From my experience acting like this makes you a bully. A bully is someone who picks on or attacks someone in a vulnerable position, like the random, non-threatening guy. So when we get aggressive with front line staff we are acting like bullies, like it or not. Most front line employees are reasonable people and know if you are getting the shaft or not. Instead of showing them empathy we should be showing them apathy, we should first let them know we are not personally attacking them. Then we should ask how we can solve the problem at hand. Try to work with them not at them! I can’t tell you how many times I have had front line employees thank me for extending these common courtesies. Of course I often have to speak with management but if the employee is helpful I always admonish management and praise the front line employee. However, if the front line employee is one that acts like it is their company to defend and is part of the problem then I make them part of the problem!
So as we travel this Holiday week or anytime this summer and beyond, remember that the person in front of you is usually just trying to do their job. If you want to vent your energy on someone ask for the manager, pull back the curtain and go after the wizard, go all the way to the CEO if you have to! But be nice and stay in control, you are a Martial Artist after all!