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  • Events in the Neighborhood

    Town Hall Meeting

    Come join Senator Jacob Candelaria and Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas for a Town Hall meeting.  Find out what is happening and what is proposed for the state legislative session this year which runs from January 15 through March 16.

    Town Hall Meeting 

    Saturday January 19, 2019

    10am – 12 noon

    Ladera Golf Course Banquet Room

     

    What is a neighborhood association? And why they matter.  From the January Office of Neighborhood Coordination Newsletter

    A neighborhood association is a group of residents, property owners, businesses, and non-profits who come together to form a community, and to advocate for and organize activities within a specific geographical area that shares a common identity. What Does a Neighborhood Association Do? A neighborhood association comes together to build relationships, exchange information, discuss concerns, prioritize needs in the area, identify solutions, and work toward a common goal for the good of their community. Each association can positively impact the life of each person within the boundaries of the neighborhood for the better.

     

    Why Should I Join? Joining a neighborhood association not only amplifies your voice, but helps create a community with a shared vision and goal. When neighbors come together, it shows that the neighborhood is united and ready to make an impact on their community. Neighborhood Associations & Community Policing Some services that APD provides to neighborhoods interested in community policing include: •Block Captain Training •Crime Prevention Specialists •Neighborhood Patrols •Neighborhood Watch Programs What Is The Office of Neighborhood Coordination? The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) helps create and promote healthy and vibrant neighborhoods, and supports residents as they more actively and constructively engage with their community. We assist neighborhoods in utilizing existing resources and maintaining meaningful involvement with local communities and government.

     

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council Meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

     

    PNM Community Assistance Events:
    These events are held statewide in order to make the PNM Good Neighbor Fund more accessible and convenient for our customers. At these events, applications will be taken for the Good Neighbor Fund and if persons qualify, they will be given a special Good Neighbor Fund code that they may call into PNM.  The PNM Good Neighbor Fund will be the only organization at these events.
    Please check out this flyer for event dates during 2018:  PNM On-Site Events 2018
  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    County Clerk Provides Important Information Regarding

    Voter Registration for the Upcoming Albuquerque Public School

    Special “All-Mail Ballot” Election (APS)

    Bernalillo County – County Clerk Linda Stover wants to remind residents of Bernalillo County that the last day to register to vote or update voter registration for the 2019 Albuquerque Public School Special Election is Jan. 8, 2019.

    Residents may register to vote if they are a resident of New Mexico, a citizen of the United States, 18 years old or older at the time of the Albuquerque Public School election, not legally declared mentally incapacitated, and convicted felons who have satisfied all the terms and conditions of sentencing; a certificate of completion must be provided.

    Residents can register to vote at:

    • The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at One Civic Plaza NW, 6th Floor, Room 6022
    • The Secretary of State’s Office or online through the secretary of state’s website, ORG
    • Any county clerk’s office in New Mexico
    • Through a third party registration agent
    • Motor Vehicle Department, Human Services Department, public libraries, colleges, universities, and at organized voter registration drives

    The Albuquerque Public School election is an “All-Mail Ballot” election. There will be no early voting or election day polling locations.  Each registered voter, within the boundaries of the Albuquerque Public School District, will be mailed an absentee ballot.  All completed absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk’s Office, either in person or by mail, no later than 7 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2019.

    The 2019 Albuquerque Public School Special Election will conclude on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at 7 p.m.

    For more information on voter registration, please contact the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at (505)243-VOTE (8683) or visit online at bernco.gov/elections.

     

    Food Pantry Program Accepting Donations of Non-Perishable Food

    The Alamosa, East Central, John Marshall, and Los Griegos Health and Social Service Centers all offer a Food Pantry 5 days a week, for those in our community in need of food. No one is turned away. The Food Pantry program is always looking for donations of non-perishable food items, so if you would like to give, contact: Mayan Armijo at: marmijo@cabq.gov for more information.

     

    Consumer Reports Provides Free Online Resources for Buying, Shopping, and Saving Money

    Have you checked out Consumer Reports on the City’s Library website yet? This free online resource allows you to make better decisions about buying things like cars, TVs, appliances, electronics, and much more. Money-saving tips, product reviews and recommendations, and buying suggestions are just part of what you can access with Consumer Reports. And all you need is your library card! You can find this great online resource on the Library’s eResources and Databases page at: https://abqlibrary.org/az.php

     

    Wood Burning Restrictions In Effect October Through February

    The Environmental Health Department reminds residents that wood burning restrictions go into effect October 1 through February 28. The Department will issue burn restrictions as needed each day based on daily pollution levels, weather patterns, air movement, and temperatures. Before you burn, make sure there are no restrictions by calling 768-BURN (2876) or by signing up for alerts at: www.cabq.gov/airquality/todays-status

     

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    SHERIFF’S CITIZEN ACADEMY

    Partner with the BCSO Deputies and make a difference by taking an active role in being the caretakers of your community and your fellow citizens. Join our effort!

     

    Our next class is scheduled for February 2019! Sign up soon! Classes fill up fast.

     

    Citizen’s Academy

    Address
    415 Tijeras NW, 4th Floor
    Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

    Hours: 8:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M Monday-Friday

    Qualifications

    • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age
    • Applicant cannot have any felony convictions
    • Applicant cannot have any misdemeanor or D.W.I arrests within the past 3 years
    • Applicant must pass a background check
    • Applicant must complete a Citizen Police Academy applicant and signed waiver of liability form
    • Applicant needs to be available to attend the one night a week, 3 hour block of training for the 16 week program

    Learn About

    • Officer Selection and Training
    • Laws of Arrest / Search & Seizure
    • The purpose of having Specialty Units (i.e. S.W.A.T., K-9, Narcotics, CSI and more)
    • Use of Force and Hands on Scenario Based Training

    Contact Us Today!

    Phone: 505) 804-0004

    http://www.bernalillocountysheriff.com/bernalillo-county-sheriff/citizens-police-academy.aspx

     

    Water Utility Authority Reminds You to Cut Back on Landscape Watering In Autumn

    With cooler temperatures upon us, it’s time to cut back on your landscape watering and irrigation. Follow the Water by the Numbers program, and cut back your watering to 2 days per week. Cooler nights mean less evaporation and less watering is needed! If it rains, you can skip one of your watering days, too! To learn more about the Water by the Numbers program, visit:www.abcwua.org/Water_by_the_Numbers.aspx

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Click here for website

  • Safety

    News from the BCSO Newsletter:

    The changing of the seasons is upon us and temperatures
    in the east mountain area are beginning to fall. We
    would like to remind you of the fact that temperatures and
    weather can change within minutes and citizens and residents
    enjoying the numerous trails and outdoor recreation
    areas should be prepared for inclement weather. As such,
    please remember the following:
    1. Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain,
    conditions, local weather and your equipment before
    you start.
    2. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are
    hiking, when you will return and your emergency
    plans.
    3. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a
    group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.
    4. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue
    and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The
    mountains will be there another day.
    5. Even if you are headed out for just an hour; an injury, severe
    weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening.
    Make plans for survival.
    The Sandia Ranger District, Ranger Station, has numerous booklets,
    pamphlets, and resources available to ensure a safe hike.

     

    OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

    The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the awareness, prevention, and investigation of
    domestic violence incidents. Many times domestic violence incidents are reported and responded to by
    our uniformed Field Services Division. The response does not end there, the additional response is then
    picked up by one or a combination of members of our Criminal Investigative Division often our Violent
    Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit and our Victim Liaison will play an important role in bringing the incident
    to adjudication and providing services to the victims.

    Keeping or discouraging the victim from seeing
    friends or family members
     Embarrassing or shaming the victim with putdowns
     Controlling every penny spent in the household
     Taking the victim’s money or refusing to give
    them money for expenses
     Looking at or acting in ways that scare the person
    they are abusing
     Controlling who the victim sees, where they go,
    or what they do
     Dictating how the victim dresses, wears their
    hair, etc.
     Stalking the victim or monitoring their victim’s
    every move (in person or also via the internet
    and/or other devices such as GPS tracking or
    the victim’s phone)
     Preventing the victim from making their own decisions
     Telling the victim that they are a bad parent or
    threatening to hurt, kill, or take away their children
     Threatening to hurt or kill the victim’s friends,
    loved ones, or pets
     Intimidating the victim with guns, knives, or other weapons

    Pressuring the victim to have sex when
    they don’t want to or to do things sexually
    they are not comfortable with
     Forcing sex with others
     Refusing to use protection when having
    sex or sabotaging birth control
     Pressuring or forcing the victim to use
    drugs or alcohol
     Preventing the victim from working or
    attending school, harassing the victim at
    either, keeping their victim up all night
    so they perform badly at their job or in
    school
     Destroying the victim’s property

    National Hotlines
    National Domestic Violence Hotline (live chat available via website)
    1-800-799-7233
    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (live chat available via website)
    1-866-331-9474
    Statewide Crisis Lines
    New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Stalking HelpLine
    1-877-974-3400
    The New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking HelpLine is a free
    statewide service that provides legal information, advice and referrals to attorneys and other
    community agencies who can help you. The helpline is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
    and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    www.lawhelpnewmexico.org – Provides information on domestic violence, orders of protections and resources for legal help from New Mexico Legal Aid.

     

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Annual Meeting September 18, 2018

Hi Neighbors,

Our annual meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 6 pm at the Ladera Golf Course Banquet room. Please join us to to learn about the Metropolitan Court from the judges, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority Programs and Rebates, and vote for the changes to our bylaws and for board members.   Flyer can be viewed by selecting the link below:

Ladera West Annual Meeting 2018.docx

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Karen Buccola, President

Ladera West Neighborhood Association

 

 

 

 

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Avoiding Being a Victim of Road Rage

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” July 2018 helps us avoid being a victim of road rage.

“The ‘Communicator’ received a request asking for tips and best practices to avoid being a victim ore experiencing ‘Road Rage.’ We in turn reached out to our Traffic Investigations Unit who was pleased to provide the following:

  1. Be well rested when you drive. The more tired you are the more easily you will become irritated. Also, the more exhausted you are the more likely you are to be distracted and less observant which will tend to cause driving errors that appear aggressive and possibly provoking road rage.
  2. Listen to traffic reports on the radio to avoid congested areas. You can do this on side streets before you reach the highway where congestion is more likely.
  3. Know alternative routes to your destination. This would include back roads that have less traffic. Even if they are a few miles longer, it is usually worth it to avoid long delays in traffic.
  4. Avoid a lot of noise and loud music. It is well known that lots of noise puts more stress on a person. Preferably, listen to soft music or talk radio. In addition, remind passengers to keep the noise down.
  5. Try driving at cooler times of day. Heat, especially when it cannot be controlled makes people more irritable. It will also be easier on your engine to drive when it is cooler.
  6. You can help in preventing road rage by giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Knowing you may be running late automatically puts you into “speed mode” where you are more tempted to get around other drivers to get where you are going.
  7. If you are running late call the person and tell them you will be late even if you must pull over to do so. Knowing that the person/s you are going expect you will be late takes a load of stress off you and you do not have to rush to meet their expectations.
  8. Avoid driving if you are already emotionally upset or excited.
  9. Exercise patience while driving. Patience prevents a multitude of problems including car collisions. Mentally relax when unexpected delays happen. Just be glad you aren’t alone. Everyone around you is delayed too. You will be preventing road rage in yourself by practicing patience.
  10. Signal early before braking.
  11. Give plenty of room for the driver behind hen changing lanes.
  12. Keep at least two car lengths of space ahead and behind your vehicle.
  13. Always signal when changing lanes.
  14. Count two seconds before proceeding at a stop sign.
  15. Don’t step on your gas pedal to get through a yellow light.

Using all these polite driving habits will keep you from seeming like an aggressive driver, and thus preventing road rage in drivers around you.”

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Easy Crime Prevention

We are reminded by The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” May 2018 that:

“Numerous studies have proven that when residents take pride in their neighbor-hood criminal acts diminish exponentially. With that said, take some steps to beautify your neighborhoods. Cleaning of front yards is the best place to start. Introduce yourselves to neighbors and turn the porch light on. Spend more time outdoors. These steps can be accomplished cost free and contribute to the overall health of a neighborhood.”

The May issue of Albuquerque Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s Neighborhood News showed a neighborhood that banded together to aide an abandoned home:

“Academy Estates East is a quiet neighborhood tucked away east of Spain and north of Montgomery, and one of its chief attractions is the closeness of many residents and neighbors. It’s this connection that led to what happened next. ‘I talked to several neighbors, including Janet Butts, and Nancy Plevin who lives behind the house,’ said [Block captain Anita] Harper. ‘We all agreed to maintain the front yard and keep the property looking clean and well-kept, so potential criminals wouldn’t know the house was empty.’ Neighbors raked leaves, mowed grass, and made the house not only look occupied, but more attractive than it had been previously.” After contacting the bank that foreclosed on the property and asking that it be placed on the market, this house is occupied.

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Wanted: Bernalillo County Security Aides

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 presented information about this interesting career. After learning about this position, you may want to pass the opportunity on to someone who is job hunting.

“The Bernalillo County Security Aide is an entry-level position that provides a pathway to becoming a deputy.  This position gives a person a chance to work with deputies and learn about the law enforcement profession.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department employs County Security Aides to assist deputies on patrol and to assist with security at the Metropolitan Detention Center and Public Safety Center.  While assisting patrol deputies, County Security Aide’s respond to crashes to take reports and assist with directing traffic at crashes or as needed.  County Security Aide’s also respond to other report calls that do not require a deputy at the scene.

At the Metropolitan Detention Center and Public Safety Center, County Security Aide’s utilize x-ray scanners and metal detectors to prevent arrestees and employees from bringing nauthorized items into the facilities.

Once hired, County Security Aide’s will attend the County Security Aide academy where they will learn the basic skills to be a County Security Aide. If the County Security Aide is going to work on patrol, the County Security Aide will then go through field training with a deputy for on the job training.”

If you have any questions about the County Security Aide position please contact Sgt. Fred Beers, at fdbeers@bernco.gov or (505)-468-7425.”

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Scammers Pretending to be Government Employees

Scammer continue to try to get rich from your fears. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 provided tips on Recognizing Scammers and not losing your hard-earned money to them.

“An ongoing scam has reemerged throughout Bernalillo County. Unknown persons, identifying themselves as sworn law enforcement officers, will telephone area residents and advise the citizen that there is currently an active warrant out for their arrest. They state the warrant was issued for various things, such as, failure to go to jury duty, IRS taxes due, and failure to pay fines.

The scammer will then demand the citizen purchase some type of credit card from a store (Green Dot, Visa, etc.) and then give the scammer the credit card number. Some citizens have believed this scam and have lost thousands of dollars. Please be aware that a Bernalillo County Law Enforcement officer WILL NEVER call and demand money over the phone. These scammers are very aggressive and threaten the citizen with arrest or asset forfeiture. Do not believe the lies. Hang up on these callers and do not respond if they call again.

Please report any instances of this scam to the Attorney General’s Office by using the below contact information.

Albuquerque Office: 111 Lomas Blvd NW, Ste 120, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Toll Free: 1-866-627-3249

Phone: (505) 222-9000

Fax: (505) 222-9006”

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Child Abuse

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 provided tips on Recognizing Child Abuse.

“Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future.  Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically and financially, becoming successful members of society. We need to enhance the success of our communities by promoting programs and policies that seek to support the lives of children and families. Preventing child abuse and neglect results in better childhoods, ultimately saving millions of dollars currently used to address the short and long-term effects of abuse on children, their families, and our communities… “

“Children who are abused may or may not show physical or behavioral signs of being maltreated in some instances, there may be an unusual pattern or location of physical injuries that suggests abuse. In other cases, there may be no physical indicators, but the child’s behavior has changed in a questionable and observable way. Educate yourself and others about some of the obvious and less obvious signs of possible child abuse, including…

  • Injuries such as bruises, burns, welts, or broken bones that are unexplained have implausible explanations
  • Missing hair
  • Poor hygiene…
  • Unattended medical or dental needs
  • Consistent hunger
  • Inappropriate clothing for weather conditions…
  • Declining school performance or involvement
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends…
  • Withdrawn from others
  • Destruction of property
  • Hurting themselves or others…
  • Constantly seeking attention and approval
  • Reluctance to go home…
  • Begging or stealing food
  • Unusual fears”

“Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being armed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement.

A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone.  Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members… Reporters do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment…

To report suspected abuse or neglect statewide: 1-855-333-SAFE, or online at cyfd.org, or if you would like to help children in New Mexico affected by abuse and neglect visit PULLTOGETHER.ORG.”

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Wilderness Safety

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” May 2018 provides wilderness safety tips.

“With the warming weather many residents will began to frequent the various mountain trails within the Sandia Ranger District. It is important to note that a large amount of wildlife live within the area, including Bear and Cougar.  All wild animals can be dangerous. Always maintain a safe and respectful distance.

  • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Keep children close to you and within your immediate sight at all times.
  • Make noise, talk, sing or clap your hands to let a bear/cougar know of your presence. Don’t rely on bells, usually they are too quiet. Shout often, especially when traveling upwind, near streams, or when you cannot see the path ahead and avoid thick brush.
  • Be alert and watch for bear/cougar sign such as tracks, droppings, diggings, rocks rolled over, scratch marks on trees and logs torn apart. Carry binoculars and scan ahead periodically.
  • Don’t hike alone or at night. Bears and cougars are most active at dawn, dusk and night, but can be encountered any time. Groups of three or more people tend to make more noise and appear more formidable. This makes groups safer than solo hikers.
  • Stay on trails for your safety and to protect the habitat.
  • Avoid carcasses and report dead animals to the nearest ranger station. It is very risky to approach a carcass; a bear/cougar may be just out of sight, guarding its food.
  • Avoid odorous items and leave foods and beverages with strong odors, scented deodorants and lotions and other odorous items at home. Bear and Cougar have an acute sense of smell that can detect odors from great distances.  Dry foods are both lighter and less smelly.
  • Stay with your gear. Don’t leave your packs, food or beverages unattended.
  • Pets may attract bears and cougars. Keep them on a short leash to avoid conflicts with wildlife.
  • View and photograph from a safe distance. If an animal approaches, back away to maintain a safe distance.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes or a telephoto lens when viewing and photographing an animal to avoid stressing the animal.
  • Bicyclists and Runners should carefully select the areas they are recreating in and be extra alert in cougar, bear and rattlesnake country. Speed and quietness increases risks of a sudden encounter.
  • Hike at a pace everyone can maintain and stay together. Cougars and some bears behave in a predatory manner and will seek the easiest target. Don’t hike ahead or allow someone to fall behind, especially children and pets.
  • Running may provoke a bear or cougar to chase you. You cannot outrun them. Bears can run up to 30 mph, up and downhill, while cougars are known for their powerful sprints and jumps.
  • Rattlesnakes are very seldom seen. They can sense our vibrations from our walking and look for a place to hide, which is often behind rocks, logs or in thick brush. They are usually not aggressive unless they are directly threatened, either deliberately or by accident. To prevent being bitten avoid stepping directly in front of or behind logs and rocks. Before sitting down or picking up supplies from the ground, look around the area carefully. Watch where you put your hands and feet. Most importantly, enjoy snakes at a distance without disturbing them.”

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Water Conservation

Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination reminded us to conserve water in it’s Weekly E-News on May 7, 2018.

“Did you know that a faulty irrigation or sprinkler system can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute? The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) encourages residents to keep an eye on water use during this very dry spring season. The following tips can help you conserve this precious resource:

  • Check your irrigation and sprinkler systems at least once a month.
  • If you have any leaks, repair them as soon as possible.
  • Don’t waste water by letting your irrigation system leak.
  • Don’t waste water by letting your irrigation system leak onto streets, driveways, or sidewalks.
  • Remember to follow the Water by the Numbers rule when watering your yard – once a week in March and November; twice a week in April, May, September and October; and three times a week in June, July, and August.
  • Visit: http://www.abcwua.org to learn more about water conservation.”

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Annual Garage Sale

Ladera West Neighborhood Association is announcing the Annual Garage Sale!

It’s time to gather your treasures – and junk – and get ready.

This year’s annual garage sale will be Thursday, June 28th to Saturday, June 30th. So, get your garage ready for the big day.

The neighborhood association will market this event. However, you may want to provide signs to your home.

Personal Safety: Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble and Responding to a Confrontation

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” February 2018 provided general safety tips. We conclude our 3-post series with how to Spot and Avoid Potential Trouble and Responding to a Confrontation.

“SPOT AND AVOID POTENTIAL TROUBLE”

  • Be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby.
  • Pay attention to the uncomfortable feelings that often warn us of potential danger.
  • Do not be afraid to cross the street, return to a business, or ask for help based on a “funny feeling”. You may be right!”

“RESPONDING TO A CONFRONTATION”

  • If a robber grabs your bag, resist the impulse to play tug of war. If you hang on, chances are you will be knocked down, hit or kicked and the robber will get your bag anyway.
  • Victims sometimes tell a robber they have no money. This technique may backfire. It is safer to give up a few dollars. Carry a little money in an accessible place for just this purpose. Keep it separate from other funds.
  • If someone demands your property and displays or implies in any way that they have a weapon, hand the bag or wallet to them.”

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