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Taking even small steps can help prevent crime

7/18/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Sherri Bevan Walsh

Guest Column

Do you have a plan for how you can make your daily activities safer? There are many small steps you can take to greatly increase your personal safety. Like the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The National Crime Prevention Council suggests keeping attractive items such as your cell phone, cash and jewelry out of public view when possible. The next time you visit the ATM, put your money immediately into your pocket or purse rather than walking away with cash in your hand. Before leaving a store after shopping, have your keys in your hand as you walk to your vehicle. Easy access to your keys allows for quick entry to your vehicle rather than searching for them while all of your new purchases are on display.

If someone attempts to grab you, scream loudly to draw attention and deploy a self-defense technique. You can kick your attacker’s shin using the ball of your foot or point of your shoe. If you are wearing heels, drive your heel into the top of your attacker’s foot.

The best self-defense is simple: Have a plan. Take a self-defense class. Read more about crime prevention online. Ask a police officer for suggestions. My office can even provide you, your family or your organization with fun and informative self-defense training and crime prevention strategies. By taking time today to create a simple plan to make yourself safer, you are protecting yourself every day.

I will be teaching a free mother-daughter self-defense class with Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 24 at the Northwest Family Recreation Center at 1730 Shatto Ave. in Akron.

More than 175 people attended such a class in Hudson in May. This is a great opportunity to join others in learning how to protect yourself from a criminal.

For more information about my upcoming self-defense class or to schedule a crime safety presentation, contact my office at 330-643-2800.


Sherri Bevan Walsh is the prosecuting attorney for Summit County.

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