At Home with Guns

August 16, 2008
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

You're home alone, the doorbell is ringing nonstop and someone is banging on your door screaming "Help me." You know better, still you open the door. Mistake. The person you're facing doesn't need assistance, he wants to harm you. And, sadly, it's far more common for the invader to be a vengeful spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend than a stranger. Freelance writer Lane Therrell, who describes herself as an average, middle-aged woman, faced just such a situation eight years ago when she was threatened by her physically abusive ex-fiancé. She decided to learn how to shoot a gun for protection. Today she's an NRA-Certified firearms safety instructor in Northern California, lectures on domestic violence and has truly triumphed over her difficulties. Whether you're for 'em or agin 'em, getting a gun for home protection is a valid option and Lane movingly and honestly shares her experiences on this thought-provoking show. And, stay tuned for some life-saving home invasion tips as well.

Crime Prevention 101

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!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

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.

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