Various tips and suggestions circulate online about how to avoid becoming the victim of crime, but not all are accurate.




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Pressing a sequence of keys on your cell phone will produce a serial number that can be used to disable it in case of theft.


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Paramedic advocates cell phone users create “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) entries in their address books, but such entries leave phones vulnerable to attack.


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Nine safety tips e-mail offers effective counters to being victimized in random violent crime.


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When being burglarized, use your car alarm to summon help.


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Your cell phone’s “location” feature will enable searchers to find you.


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Heeding the advice given in a popular e-mail missive will keep you from becoming a
rape victim.


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Home invasion criminals have gained entry to houses by pretending to be distressed persons in need of shelter from attackers.


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A can of wasp spray is a preferable alternative to pepper spray for protection against assailants.


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Massachusetts offers a “Silent 911 Call” procedure for those who cannot speak openly to emergency dispatchers.