Are you dreaming of Disneyland? A luau on a lanai? Or, maybe just a long weekend getaway at the beach reading great books? Well, according to the FBI, while you’re at the beach or on vacation someone might very well be sizing up your home for a burglary. Since July and August particularly are the months when the most burglaries and property crimes take place, this week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone talks about home safety, alarm systems and gives great tips such as the five best places to hide valuables that most burglars never think of and inexpensive psyche-out strategies that make burglars pause.
It’s summer and the weather is perfect for lounging on the beach with something great to read. This week, I’m getting ready for some serious down time but still don’t know what books to take with me. So, I’ve invited some of my favorite authors to come by and maybe they can help us ALL put our summer reading list together. It’s hot outside, so let’s take a refreshing dip in the LITERARY pool this week.
The crime news is hotter than the temperature these days and rumors are flying like kites in the breeze, so on the show this week, I talk with my favorite defense attorney David McGruder about the so-called “Cop Rape Case” involving two police officers who were acquitted of raping a young fashion executive DESPITE being convicted of offenses that resulted in ruining their police career and being kicked off the police force. This acquittal makes no sense AT ALL so David breaks it down for me!
The US Senate Special Committee on Aging recently held hearings on elder abuse. A 90-year old man testified that his step-son withheld food and medicine from him and his wife, verbally abused them and terrorized them so severely that they were virtually prisoners in their own home. Shockingly, the man testifying was well known actor Mickey Rooney and experts estimate that millions of elder Americans are victims of abuse and neglect every year–many, many, many of them mentally impaired and unable to speak up for themselves.
: In 2008, 47-year old Agnes Bermudez was accused of dousing her 32-year-old ex-boyfriend, William Salazar, with flammable liquid in a jealous rage and setting him–and the building–on fire. Three other tenants also died; and Bermudez, a beautiful woman, suffered disfiguring burns to her face and upper body.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We need to give young children the kind of information they need to protect themselves from sexual predators…while in school.
If You’ve Been a Victim of Crime, Know Your Rights – & – Electronic Pickpocketing: How to Protect Against It – & – Pepper Spray: Making Men Cry for Years: Air Date 4/06/11
Knowing your rights if you’re a crime victim saved one man more than $100,000 in medical bills. To commemorate Crime Victims Rights Week, which is April 10-16, Susan Bartelstone about Victim Compensation Programs–and listen good, because all 50 states have them.
The Rape Declaration Forum – & – Preparing for Sexual Assault Awareness Month – & – Skip Tracing: How to Find Hidden Assets: Air Date 3/23/11
Sexual violence has physically and emotionally scarred the lives of millions of victims and their families, friends and colleagues; touching all genders, ages, races and economic groups. In order to raise awareness about this scourge, encourage prevention iniatives and let survivors know what services are available to aid them, April has been declared National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
Catching a Serial Killer – & – Eye Witness Testimony: How Reliable Is It? – & – True Crime Blogs: Airdate 3/09/11
Tonight we dip once more into the true crime blogosphere as Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone speaks with Bonnie Kernene, from Bonnie’s Blog of Crime, to discuss some of the high profile cases everyone is buzzing about. She’s also talking with Jeannie McDonough, whose heroic story is told in the new book, Caught in the Act: A Courageous Family’s Fight to Save Their Daughter from a Serial Killer which was recently featured on CBS’s 48 Hours. Then she tackles the subject of the reliability of eye witness testimony and how it can be manipulated. She’s got nationally-known expert Jennifer Dysart to set the record straight on this and wait ’til you hear about the gorilla in the room that no one saw! You won’t believe this. Lastly, she’s got a great personal safety product to tell you about—the Storm Whistle, which is the loudest whistle in the world.
This show could save your life! Susan Bartelstone was assaulted by an ex-boyfriend when she was 19 and she became determined to learn how to protect herself. She’ll be talking about the top 10 things you can do to keep yourself safe and about how to head off catastrophic budget cuts to service for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.
February has been designated Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and under this banner, organizations and individuals nationwide are calling attention to the devastation this abuse causes and to the directive that young people must be educated about unhealthy relationships and taught healthy relationship skills.
The Biggest Case of ID Theft in American History; The Biker Minister; and a Purr-sonal Safety Product You’re Going to Love: Airdate 1/26/11
Chances are, if your credit or debit card information was stolen recently, convicted hacker Albert Gonzalez, responsible for stealing 130 million identities (that we know of), was responsible; also the Biker Minister and a purr-sonal safety device you’re going to love.
This week, Crime Prevention 101 takes a look at court watching, people who are attacked or bullied because of their religion or race and a convict comedian who does standup comedy routines at correction facilities and drug treatment programs all over the country.
Hero cop; Bullying Prevention; and Rape as a Tactic of War: UNIFEM’s iniatives to stop the violence and what YOU can do to join in. We’re loaded with woman-power this week…and it’d be a crime NOT to listen!
Crime Prevention with McGruff the Crime Dog – & – Financial Literacy for Domestic Violence Victims Air Date – 10/13/10
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month AND Crime Prevention Awareness Month and we’re visiting with McGruff the Crime Dog, talking about financial literacy for domestic violence survivors and learning how hairdressers are addressing domestic violence among their clientele.