Cold Case Playing Cards and Preventing Crime with Entrepreneurship

December 17, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

December signifies redemption and renewal for a great many of us. So, for the rest of the month, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone's guests are people who've been victims of crime, but turned the experience into a positive and are now helping others do the same. This week, meet Wayne Cross from Heartland Crime Stoppers, and Robert Wagner of Effective Playing Cards who, together, produce a deck of cards distributed in prisons all over the country. In addition to clubs, spades, hearts and diamonds, each card features the picture of the victim of an unsolved homicide, a missing person or a wanted fugitive, in the hope one of the card-players knows something about them. Then she interviews Steven Mariotti, who went from being a mugging victim to founding the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship which has worked with more than 230,000 at-risk youth all over the U.S. and around the world, giving them another option to crime. Tune in and be inspired!

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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