FOR PERSONAL SELF DEFENSE THE FOLLOWING TIPS ARE RECOMMENDED:
1) NEVER LEAVE A CHILD UNSUPERVISED OR UNATTENDED, ESPECIALLY AT A COMPUTER CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET!
2) Never let your credit card out of your sight.
3) Never leave a motor vehicle unattended with its motor running.
4) Never give personal information to a stranger over the internet or over the telephone, beware of contest applications.
5) Never leave mail in your mail box, newspapers in the driveway, or empty trash cans at the roadside.
6) Always shred your paper trash that contains personal information.
7) Always when leaving your home close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
8) Always when possible travel with a companion and / or let another friend or family member know where you are going to be, when you are going to return, and what your travel routes will be.
9) Always have in your possession a cellphone and a policeman's traffic whistle. The whistle should be on your key chain.
10) ALWAYS BE WARY OF STRANGERS KNOCKING ON YOUR DOOR. With that said, if someone alleging to represent a public utility company comes to a home or business and reports to an occupant an emergency or possible emergency and requests entry, the occupant can request that the individual produce an identification badge. The occupant can VOICE CONCERNS AND OBJECTIONS. If the occupant is suspicious of this individual, the occupant can immediately call the police and the company that the individual purports to represent! If the individual gained admission to the premises while not having a valid reason to enter onto the premises in the first place and did so after threatening to turn off its public utility service the individual will have acted unlawfully; provided that the occupant first made a clear VOICED OBJECTION to the individual's intended entry onto the premises. Threatening with a discontinuance of a public utility service so as to make an occupant comply with an unreasonable request for entry is an act of coercion in the furtherance of a trespass upon real property. Falsely reporting the presence, or possible presence, of escaped gas to another is the unlawful act of creating public alarm. Threatening, while alleging a right granted by law, to discontinue public utility service when there is no basis for a reasonable belief that an emergency exists, so as to gain admission to a premises after VOICED OBJECTION by the occupant against entry, can be a violation of the occupant's constitutional rights.