Law Enforcement Officers are under attack in America

If you have been watching the news or reading the papers lately, the police are under attack by pretty much everybody. From your average person to the Jihadi. Police have a tough job to do and it is mostly a thankless job. There are both good and bad cops, but the justice and jury system is still functional. Regardless of how you feel about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri or in other parts of the country, the jury system worked. You may have not agreed with the outcome, but it worked.

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  • Cops are under attack by politicians (ala NYC Mayor, Congress and the Administration).
  • Cops are under attack by gang members, ISIS, and fundamental wackos.
  • Cops are under attack by the average citizen, who knows next to nothing on how law enforcement works or the dangers they face everyday.
  • Cops are under attack on Social Media – via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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If you want to hear a great reaction to this assault, listen to Mark Levin’s podcast on the 22nd of December.

Listen to it here!

Law Enforcement keeps us safe whether we recognize it or not. Some police departments are militarizing their police force and it is justified in my opinion. They face criminals that have more advanced weapons than they do and the criminals outnumber them.

Things cops can do to stay safe and be situationally aware –

  • Like in football, cops need to be situationally aware of their surroundings – have their head on a swivel looking for the next attack.
  • Need to be ready to use whatever force is necessary to stay alive, even if that means having their weapons at the ready in the vehicles.

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Types of threats Law Enforcement deals with – read the whole National Gang Intelligence Center’s report 2013. Another good link too.

How can you help? Support groups like this one – Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, support your local Police Benevolent Association, and show your support on social media sites.

Real Estate Self Defense and How You Can Avoid Being the Next Victim

Calgary_Real_Estate_ListingThere seems to be an uptick in attacks on Real Estate agents in America. It is time for the Real Estate community to teach their agents how to defend themselves or help them avoid being the next victim. The Real Estate community is made of both men and women, but most of these attacks occur against women.

Ashley Okland was shot and killed in West Des Moine in 2011 and this case is still unsolved. Beverly Carter was killed recently in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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According to the Washington Post

Selling real estate is a solitary profession that involves escorting virtual strangers into sometimes vacant properties at a moment’s notice. Advertising — usually accompanied by an agent’s photograph and phone number — is virtually a requirement for the majority of agents who work for commission.

According to the National Association of Realtors, 57 percent of agents are women, and a 2011 report on violent crimes against real estate agents found that women are disproportionately victimized.

Realtormag.com says that…

About 42 percent of female real estate professionals and 18 percent of male agents say they have “occasionally” felt unsafe in the course of their real estate job, according to an online survey of 450 real estate professionals conducted by Moby, a safety mobile app company.

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Robert Siciliano, a personal security and identity theft expert offers great advice on realty safety and security.

He offers these tips:

  • Be suspect of everyone
  • ID and pre-qualify at your first meeting
  • Stay in communication with the office
  • Have a plan for safe open houses
  • Use predetermined code words to alert your office of distress
  • Conduct personal safe marketing
  • Implement a buddy system
  • Dress for safety and success
  • Don’t take predators for a ride
  • Pay attention to your intuition
  • Know how to defend yourself.

Read the whole article here.

Streetdirectory.com has some great tips for Real Estate Agents –

There are several things agents can do to protect themselves:

  • Have a prospective buyer meet you in your office, NOT AT THE PROPERTY, preferably with co-workers present and NOT near closing time. Obtain identification from the buyer in the form of a drivers license and their vehicle license number. Leave this information with a responsible person in your office and advise them where you are going.
  • If possible, have someone go with you to the showing and have them wait in the car with a cell phone. The best scenario is to go to the showing in two different cars, but if this is not possible, try to be the driver. This will give you somewhat of an advantage.
  • Always have the person enter the residence or rooms in front of you. Never put your back to the person or allow yourself to be cornered.
  • Have area police phone number on speed dial on your cell phone.
  • DO NOT be lulled into a false sense of security by a female “buyer”. There are more and more cases of women being used to set up robberies and even rape.
  • Always follow your gut feelings. If something doesn’t feel right, pass on it.
  • When alone in your office at night be sure the doors are locked, preferably with deadbolts, have the blinds drawn and DO NOT open the door to anyone you do not know well enough to trust.
  • One very important thing is to have your mind conditioned and ready to react in case of emergency. Think about all the vulnerable positions you may find yourself in and think about what you would do if someone tried to attack you. Play the scenario over and over in your mind so that if it were to ever occur you would react automatically and quickly and not freeze or panic.
  • Carry a self defense product with you, have it ready, and know how to use it without hesitation.

We believe that agents should carry if authorized or learn how defend themselves in a hand-to-hand combat situation. Learning Brazilian Jiu-jitsu or any type of striking art (Krav Maga, MMA) will at least give you chance at surviving a violent encounter. Another option is to carry mace, a knife, or something to jab your attacker with.

An article titled “Safety Lessons that Saved My Life” by Melissa Tracey offers good advice.

Additionally, reading up on how to defend yourself is helpful as well. Author Joe Rosner has a great book titled “The Real Estate Safety Book: Personal Safety and Self Defense for Real Estate Professionals.”

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If you are looking for a school near St Louis or the Metroeast – one that offers stellar self-defense classes to Real Estate agents — look up Mike Rethmeyer. Mike can be reached at 314-780-4222,  or visit his website at stlouisnovauniao.com.

If you are looking for a Real Estate agent in the Metroeast – please call Frank Yunkarnold. He is a veteran that will meet all your real estate needs. Visit his Zillow and Facebook page.

 

Defend yourself with Brazilian Jiujitsu or MMA Training

There are many schools out there that can help you with learning how to defend yourself. Learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA is one of those ways.

One of the schools I have attended in the past is BJJ Lifestyle Academy in Belleville, Illinois. The owner, “Brazilian” Mike Rethmeyer (Blackbelt) is a down to earth guy and an excellent instructor. He is a three time Pan American Jiu-Jitsu medalist, has won numerous championships including NAGA, The Arnold Classic and The Relson Gracie US Nationals. Mike has many students and currently operates two schools in the Metroeast (Belleville, IL) and St Louis area (Oakville, MO). Please check him out at stlouisnovauniao.com. His YouTube channel has many videos to help you learn as well. I believe the best way to learn is to attend his classes.

 

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Additionally, Mike teaches a variety of MMA classes and if you are military or want to learn what they do – go here and you will not be disappointed. If you are interested in attending his classes, please contact him at 314-780-4222 or e-mail him at michael_brjj@juno.com. Please tell him you learned about his school from Defend Your World blog!

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