A License to Steal
August 2, 2008
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone
How would you feel if you found out that while you and your family were eating dinner, burglars had broken in and stolen your valuables? According to the FBI, that's exactly what happened in a staggering 3,000 robberies—compliments of notorious jewel thief Walter T. Shaw, who stole more than $70 million worth of jewelry from the superrich and famous over a 20-year period and never got caught in the act. Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone interviews Walter about his brand new book, A License to Steal, which details his exploits as the leader of this brazen "Dinnertime Gang" and his life in the Mafia. More importantly, though, it's the poignant story of his reconciliation with his genius inventor father from whom he was estranged for 25 years. He's appeared on Oprah, Rachael Ray and Inside Edition; now you can hear him on Crime Prevention 101! And, stay tuned for some timely tips on how to discourage burglars, because property crimes soar in the summertime.
Crime Prevention 101
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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!
Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.
Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.