If You've Been a Victim of Crime, Know Your Rights - and - Electronic Pickpocketing: How to Protect Against It - and - Using Pepper Spray for Self Defense

April 6, 2011
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

A listener's email prompted one of the topics for this week's show. It told how knowing your rights if you're a crime victim saved one man more than $100,000 in medical bills. Since April 10-16 is Crime Victims Rights Week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone speaks with Forensic Nurse Bridget Maybury about how she helped her brother navigate the Victim Compensation Program--and listen good, because all 50 states have them. Then, she talks with Tina Stanford, Director of the NYS Office of Victim Services about what your rights are if you're a crime victim. She'll also be chatting with Identity Theft Prevention Specialist Paige Pederson, from LifeLock, about the new wrinkle in ID fraud--electronic pickpocketing. Now a thief only has to pass next to you to steal your credit card numbers! And, last up, find out about how pepper spray, an extremely effective personal safety product, really does help deter crime, with the folks from SaberRed.

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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