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Safety in the home setting.

Anatomy of Violent Crime

Recently in my research I became familiar with the crime -prevention system of Marc MacYoung and his 5-Stages-of-Violent-Crime. This system checklists what criminals go through before performing a violent attack. What caught my eye are the labels for the five stages. I like labels; labels help objectify  what we should be looking for . Having an awareness of how criminals think and try to set up a potential victim usually by some type of distraction is crucial in avoiding  a confrontation and becoming a victim of violence.

This is on what the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar program is based. Early recognition of an evolving crime within the first 2 to 3 stages usually allows the target to divorce themself from the situation relatively easily and safely. In the later stages when the criminal has gotten “close” either physically and/or emotionally, or has initiated the actual crime it is more difficult to escape from the scene safely.

The book Gift of Fear by Gaven DeBecker was recommended by one of my teachers. In addition to discussing the gift of intuition and how we should “listen” to it, the author discusses 8 Pre-Incident Indicators. These are actually distractions which, if used on you by a stranger, should raise the red-flag that you’re possibly being set-up for a crime. And it would be during the first 2 to 3 Stages of a Violent Crime that the predator would use these strategies. Prudence would dictate that you leave the scene while there are still other people around and you can do this safely and expeditiously.

I invite you to learn more about Marc MacYoung’s 5 Stages of Violent Crime and the 8 common distraction strategies used by criminals in the commission of a crime at my next Refuse To Be A Victim seminar at the B H Wellness Center, 842 Clark Ave., Bristol, CT, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Tuition is $30 per student .  Please call  860.582.4388 to register or for more details.

Criminals Are Always Looking…

“That there are no crimes occurring, is the biggest misconception,” I answered the reporter from the Observer (see 1/8/2015 copy).  Just because people do not read in the newspaper (or on the computer)about crime taking place, or do not hear about it on the radio, or do not see it reported on the TV news, they conclude that it’s just not happening!  They forget that news stories are publicized based on their news-worthiness (read: “ability to generate interest and sell ‘product'”). As a result they get a false sense of safety for themselves, their family, and their community. And this leads to complacency, “the mother of error” as described by  Lt. Col. David Grossman. Learn about the anatomy of a crime and the steps to avoid it at the next Refuse To Be A Victim seminar on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Wolf’s Indoor Range. Call 860.582.4388 to register or for more details. Value $90.  Price $30. Discounts available; I hope to see you there!


Criminals are always looking for opportunities to commit crime. After all, this is what they are good at!
Successful crime boosts a criminal’s self-esteem! But it is bad for the victim who may be hurt, robbed, or
As alert citizens we can prevent crime by not providing the criminal with the opportunity.
Recognize the warning signs of a crime-in-evolution and you can leave the scene. What, when, how…?
Find out at Refuse To Be A Victim
Call 860.582.4388 to register and visit for more safety information!

When to Answer the Door

You’re at home and really tied up in a chore, middle of the day, on a week day, when your doorbell rings.  Should you answer it, or just hope they walk away?

Safety statistics now recommend that all rings of the doorbell should be acknowledged.  True burglars, who don’t want to encounter people with their burglary, will ring the bell of a house they have “cased,” to be sure it’s empty before breaking in.

You don’t have to open the door; call through the door. And you’re never home “alone;” answer “We can’t come to the door right now!” The burglar will be only too happy to give you some lame excuse and leave the scene for another victim’s  unoccupied home.

Robbers, however, are different. To learn more on preventing crime from robbers and burglars, and on personal safety, attend the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar at Bristol Eastern H S on Mon. & Tues., April 7 & 8, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. Call 860.584.7865 to register thru Bristol Adult Education.


Personal Safety on Nutmeg TV

Nutmeg TV invited me to film a “condensed” Refuse To Be A Victim version in six – 30 minute videos November 2012.  Although they are no longer being televised, they are available in the Nutmeg TV Archives. Here’s how to access:

1.  Type in on the top browser line.  Then click Enter.
2. Bring the cursor over PEG PROGRAM and click “Public.”
3. Type “personal safety” in the Show Search box. Click GO.
4. Check “Only Video-On-Demand.” Click Submit.
5. Highlight Safety Show choice with cursor and Click it.
6. Click “Watch Now.”
7. You may have to choose a software choice from your computer (such as Real
Player) to view the show.

These programs incorporate about  25-30 % of all the information provided to the student through my Refuse To Be a Victim presentation,  the provided booklet and resource materials.  Hopefully these videos will provide an incentive to learn more about your main weapon, your mind, through one of the scheduled programs! For your safety. . .  Dr Mike Taz


Discounting the Word “No”

A stranger doesn’t seem to understand you when you say “no!”
This is a warning….what it means…..where to see it…..what to do!


Answering the Door 2

A criminal is brandishing a firearm at your door and demanding to be let into your house. One possible way to handle this dangerous situation.


Answering The Door 1

Safety considerations when there is someone at your door.