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When is Enough simply Enough, Nadya Suleman?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 25 February, 2010

Nadya Suleman just appeared on The View and basically said she can’t rule out having another child in the future.

This is the woman known as “Octomom,” who had octuplets by in vitro fertilization last January, already had 6 older kids, and has since been widely criticized for having such a huge family as a single mother with 14 kids on public assistance.

“If someday far, far, far, far in the future, when they’re older, if I meet somebody… I’m not going to say 100 percent no,” said Suleman when asked if she wanted any more kids. “I’m not going to say someday far in the future I will get married and want a baby with that person.”

nadya-suleman-octomomHow do you keep track of that many kids? I have four kids. I can not even fathom ten more children running around, competing for attention and trying to keep them safe and secure 24/7.

I’m sure we have all had that split second gut-wrenching feeling of turning around in a busy store and finding that our child who was just right there, is nowhere in sight. I can’t imagine Nadya would even notice a missing child or two right away.

We have a “electronic child leash” that lets you know immediately if your child wanders too far away from you. The Child Guard is a kid friendly animal-shaped transmitter sends a signal to the adult’s receiver. Adjustable to a distance of 6 to 30 feet, the device will start to beep when your child starts to stray.

If you have more than once child, or if another parent is using a similar child monitoring device in the same area, the frequencies adjust themselves automatically, much like a car door or garage door opener. That way, only your device goes off.

You could even attach this device to other objects, besides children. Clip one to your purse or wallet, crank down the setting to 6 feet and know if someone just snuck off with your belongings before they get a mile away…

Features of the Child Guard monitor:

* Simple and easy to use in a compact wireless design. Clip and go.
* Child friendly design, transmitter strategically hidden in a toy panda clip.
* Rotating dial adjusts the range from anywhere between 6 and 30 feet.
* Transmitter can be attached by buckle, to clothes, or worn as a necklace.
* Suitable for either indoor and outdoor use.
* Lithium batteries are included.
* Easy to understand instructions.

This device is a technological advance to those kid leash straps, that kids (and dogs) used to get harnessed into. This is a perfect solution to help wrangle a child or two, it just isn’t possible to keep both eyes on your child every second.

As neat as this device is, I’m not sure it would do a lick of good for Nadya Suleman’s small village. The non-stop beeping of children running in 14 different directions, while humorous to watch, would probably would drive her insane in a matter of seconds… that is more insane than she already is.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Know when enough is enough.

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Mom Sentenced to Three Months in Jail for Beating Sex Offender with Baseball Bat

Posted by Rob on Monday, 2 March, 2009

Whether she was protecting her children or assaulting a neighbor, a Tacoma woman will be spending the next 3 months in jail for introducing her baseball bat to a Level-3 sex offender.

Tammy Gibson said she had no remorse for the beating last June but pleaded no contest to the assault charges. She could have received up to eight months in jail, but the judge sentenced her to three.

“No, I’d do it again if not better,” she said. “I don’t care if it hurts me, I don’t regret it. It got him away from my kids and all the other kids in the neighborhood.”

According to police reports, the Level-3 sex offender had moved into his uncle’s home in early June. Following his move to Tacoma, county deputies handed out flyers around the neighborhood to alert residents of William A. Baldwin’s presence.

Besides being a Level-3 sex offender, Baldwin is reported as being an imposing and memorable 7 feet, 3 inches tall.

On June 19, Gibson went to Baldwin’s house in the trailer park and asked for him, after he was seen talking with her daughter.

As Baldwin stepped outside, Gibson claimed she was going to kill him because he had molested her children. She then proceeded to pummel Baldwin repeatedly with her bat, reportedly injuring his arm.

“I kept swingin’ and swingin’, and swingin’,” Gibson told investigators.

Contrary to what Gibson originally said to Baldwin, she later told investigators Baldwin had not actually molested her children. However, she did say that she recognized Baldwin’s picture from the flyers, and was the man who had been seen talking to her then-10-year-old daughter during the previous summer.

“For him to be right there, in front of my house and talking to my child — made me crazy,” Gibson said.

“And I told him I thought he was a piece of crap and I smacked him,” she added. “I just didn’t stop hitting him. I just told him that ‘if it were up to me, I’d kill ya.”‘

“I was scared. I was frightened. I didn’t know what the hell to do,” Baldwin previously told a reporter about being assaulted by Gibson.

“He tried to give me fireworks and I wouldn’t take it,” said Gibson’s daughter, in tears during the sentencing.

One of Gibson’s other daughters, added, “I think it’s crap; that she was protecting her kids like she should have been. They locked her up for way too long.”

“I would hope that me doing this and going to jail would change something, change some kind of law, change something where people like him can’t be standing around little kids you know what I mean?” Gibson said in a TV interview. “It’s not right, it’s not fair to the kids at all.”

Right or wrong, it appears Gibson did successfully prevent any further contact with Baldwin and her children. It was reported Baldwin moved out of Tacoma and is now living in Seattle.

Perhaps there will be an equally protective mother in Seattle too.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Important Child Safety Points to Consider

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 28 May, 2008

Ensuring the safety of your child is one of the
most difficult but important aspects of parenting.
It would be nice if we could train and arm our
children with some pepper spray or a stun gun
and feel safe sending them out into the world,
but we all know that is not the case.

Children are inherently trusting or easily convinced
that something would be okay, even if at first it
appears not. The old “man in a van with candy”
scenario isn’t too far of a stretch.

What are the most important things parents
should tell children about safety?

1. Always check first with a parent, guardian, or
trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting
anything, or getting into a car with anyone.

2. Do not go out alone. Always take a friend with
when going places or playing outside.

3. Say no if someone tries to touch you, or treats
you in a way that makes you feel scared,
uncomfortable, or confused. Get out of the situation
as quickly as possible.

4. Tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult if you
feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.

5. There will always be someone to help you, and
you have the right to be safe.

What should a parent know when talking to a
child about safety?

1. Don’t forget your older children. Children aged
11 to 17 are equally at risk to victimization. At the
same time you are giving your older children more
freedom, make sure they understand important
safety rules as well, online as well as offline in the
real world.

2. Speak to your children in manner that is calm
and non-threatening. Children do not need to be
frightened to get the point across. In fact, fear can
thwart the safety message, because fear can be
paralyzing to a child.

3. Speak openly. Children will be less likely to
come to you about issues enshrouded in secrecy.
If they feel that you are comfortable discussing the
subject at hand, they may be more forthcoming.

4. Do not teach “stranger danger.” Children do not
have the same understanding of “strangers” as
adults; the concept is difficult for them to grasp.
Based on what we know about those who harm
children, people known to children and/or their
families actually present greater danger to children
than do “strangers.” It is much more beneficial to
children to help them build the confidence and
self-esteem they need to stay as safe as possible
in any potentially dangerous situation they encounter
rather than teaching them to be “on the look out”
for a particular type of person.

5. Practice what you preach. You may think your
children understand your message, but until they
can incorporate it into their daily lives, it may not
be clearly understood. Find opportunities to practice
“what if” scenarios. If an incident occurs in your
community and your child asks you about it, speak
frankly but with reassurance. Explain to your children
that you want to discuss the safety rules with them,
so that they will know what to do if they are ever
confronted with a difficult situation.

6. Teach your children that safety is more
important than manners. In other words, it is more
important for children to get themselves out of a
threatening situation than it is to be polite. They also
need to know that it is okay to tell you what happened,
and they won’t be tattletales.

7. Make sure your child knows how to dial 911 and
ask for help. This is a skill that can be taught at a
relative early age. Make sure they know how, when
and why this is necessary.

One self defense product on the market that may actually
have some merit as a viable tool for a child would be a
personal alarm. As long as the child is mature enough to
realize that it is not a toy to be sounded for fun, personal
alarms
are electronic devices that emit an extremely loud
siren-like sound.

The loud sound may draw much needed attention to the
situation and increases the risk of getting caught to the
assailant. The assailant would not like drawing attention
to himself and may flee the immediate area. Nothing is
foolproof, but every little bit helps. Hopefully your child
is armed with enough knowledge and tools to prevent
or escape any unfortunate situation that arises.

As your child grows up and goes away to college, you
may wish to consider some more functional and
powerful self defense options.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob

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Bah, It’s only a 16 foot Python. No Worries Mate.

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 28 February, 2008

A 16 foot scrub python devoured a family dog in front of the
children, ages 5 and 7, who were playing in their yard. The
110 pound snake quickly squeezed the life out of the much
smaller silky terrier-Chihuahua crossbreed before swallowing
it whole at their home near Kuranda in Queensland state in
Australia.

This story, as amazing as it is, actually gets worse. The
python actively stalked the family dog, as the family
noticed the snake hanging around for several days. They
even saw it hanging out in the dog’s bed, which apparently
was a tell-tale sign that the snake was out to get the dog,
says a local snake expert.

Ok fine, perhaps the family was unaware of the staking
rituals of a scrub python, but if you notice a 16 foot
python spending extra time around your house and you
have a small dog, and two small children, don’t you call
Animal Control ASAP? Crikey!

It’s not like they could have armed the pooch with pepper
spray
or a stun gun but come on now. Pick up your phone
before your dog’s hind legs and tail are all that are
sticking out of the snake’s mouth.

Let’s step back for a second and forget about the animals
for a minute. If there was a strange van parked across the
street from your house on and off for a few days and you
noticed a suspicious looking stranger hanging around, how
long do you wait to call the police to check out the
situation?

Hopefully before your child or a neighbor’s child ends up
missing. If their indifferent reaction to the frequent
snake sightings are any indication, am afraid that might
be the case.

Don’t wait until it is too late. Protect yourself and your
loved ones. Buy some pepper spray or a stun gun. If you
live in bear country, buy some bear spray. Be prepared
before something bad happens.

And if you see a 16 foot snake staking out your property,
or a suspicious stranger, or a rabid dog, PICK UP YOUR
PHONE. Call the Police, call animal control, call your
cousin Big Vito, just do something!

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in Safety,

Rob Cook

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Nanny Cams, the Good, Bad and the Ugly

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 27 February, 2008

No doubt you have heard the latest report from North
Carolina where a nanny was fired after being caught on
Nanny Cam. In this case, the mother goes to work after
hiring a highly recommended nanny, but has a funny feeling
something might not be right. She buys and installs a Nanny
Cam to appease her suspicions and sees her twin babies were
being mistreated, after the first day she used the camera.

Many parents consider using hidden surveillance devices in
their homes to watch their child’s caregiver, but some balk
at the perceived cost of the investment. Others argue the
invasion of privacy argument… but really now, we are
talking about the safety and welfare of our own kids. Can
you put a price tag on that?

The Advantages of Using a Nanny Cam

There are a wide variety of hidden cameras available on the
market today. The best are wireless and can be hidden in
almost any type of household item from a stuffed animal to
a wall clock or a book on your bookshelf.

Prices range from around $200 for a basic system run off
your home PC to $3000 or more for a complete system that
monitors several rooms of your house. You can view live
video via the internet or cell phone at any time to see
what is going on at home. Peace of mind and confidence in
child care are the leading reasons why some families
decide to “spy” on their child’s nanny or babysitter.

The Disadvantages of Using a Nanny Cam

There are studies and polls show that many care providers
are not necessarily against video taping of child-provider
interaction. Hopefully most nannies are trustworthy and are
doing the right thing. Usually it’s just that they want to
know about it ahead of time. It seems to be a matter of
trust and feeling of deception. To this I say who cares.
It is my child, and I am paying you to do your job and not
mistreat my children. Integrity is doing the right thing
when you think no one is watching. In God we trust, all
others we monitor.

Other Uses For In-Home Surveillance

Spy cams can be used for many other reasons than just
keeping tabs on child care. The systems can be used while
your home is being cleaned, for occasional in-home sitter
services, and for security reasons. You can even keep an
eye on your pets, which many pet owners may argue are
their “kids” anyways. Nothing says guilty like having it
on tape.

Do providers support the use of video cameras?

While most of the media stories focus on potential abuse
and inattention being reasons parents should consider
using a nanny cam, some sitters have indicated a camera
can provide a positive connection with the families while
at work.

The issue seems to be when care providers are secretly
taped. As a parent, you can handle the situation by
telling a potential care provider upfront that a nanny
cam will be used. This way they can feel comfortable and
confident about their child’s care and either accept or
decline the position with a family who uses a nanny cam.
Would you really want an nanny the refused to be
videotaped anyways? I doubt it.

Is It Legal To Use A Hidden Camera?

It is indeed legal in all 50 states to use a hidden camera.
However, it is illegal to record speech without a person’s
consent in the following 15 states: California, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland,
Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most standard nanny cams do
not include audio recording, only video.

Are More Daycares Starting To Use Cameras?

many daycare centers are installing cameras and some
provide parents with the ability to spot check and watch
their child while at work. Some facilities provide parents
with a real-time access to watch happenings in their child’s
classroom via the internet. Parents report that while they
often don’t use it all the time, it’s nice to be able to
log in and check on their child whenever they desire. There
is no better feeling to be able to tune in for a few
minutes and reassure yourself that your kids are doing fine.

Where Can I Get A Nanny Cam?

Glad you asked! Worth Protection Security has many
different options that can be suited and customized for
your particular situation. Prices can vary greatly
depending on your need and overall usage and expectation.
Check out our site and feel free to ask any questions that
would help you choose the perfect home monitoring system.

Don’t let your children be neglected or become mistreated
by anyone – arm yourself and your family with a Nanny Cam
today!

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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What Does Not Kill You, Makes You Stronger

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 4 September, 2007

Let’s be realistic, life is a contact sport. This is not just a catch phrase for some sports drink.

The old adage “Only the strong survive” is alive and well, and that’s healthy. And that will always be the case, whether we are talking about sports, business or life in general. Healthy competition keeps everyone on their toes. It keeps everyone constantly striving, developing, and innovating. You keep one eye on the market and the other on your competition. Somewhere we are starting to lose this…

Another elementary school in Colorado has banned playing tag on its playground. Playing tag?!? Apparently some children are complaining they were harassed or chased against their will.

“It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” says the assistant principal of the school.

Other running games are still allowed but if students start to chase each other, a playground aid with have to step in…

At least two parents complained about this ridiculous ban, but sadly most parents and children didn’t have a problem with this.

In 2005, two other Colorado elementary schools near this latest district in Colorado Springs did away with tag and similar games in favor of alternatives with less physical contact.

School officials are saying this move encourages students to play games and reduces playground squabbles. But what are we really teaching our children by sheltering them from the real world? How to grow up in a bubble? How to not stand up for yourself or get ahead in the world?

What happens when these kids that weren’t allowed to play tag, football, or other normal childhood activities grow up and are confronted with other real world situation that may involve some physical contact?

The playground lady is not going to be there to blow the whistle at the guy looking to rape, rob or otherwise injure you on the street. In the real world, not all the sheltering
rules are going to adhered to.

Is this person going to know better to run away or are they going to sit down and cry? Are these kids going to grow up and have enough nerve to fight back when that is the only option left at their disposal?

These children are our future. These weak willed, avoid conflict at all cost minded people are going to run our corporations and government. Do you think children in the
Middle or Far East are being brought up this way? Not on your life.

We need to nip this in the bud and prepare our children and ourselves for the REAL WORLD, where things sometimes take a turn for the worst. Where someone might need to take a stand for himself or herself and not rely on someone else to show up and fix it. Where people are prepared for the worst, and know how, when and what steps to take to get through it.

This is America, the greatest country in the world, founded by strong action-oriented men, who fought back against opposing forces and took a stand for what was right. Men who played tag and other contact sports as kids. Men who grew up strong and able bodied by preparing for the world as they knew it.

What has changed in the past couple hundred years? Outlawing Tag is not the answer, you pansy.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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Who Invited the Fox to the Cookout?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 4 July, 2007

Today’s story comes from Kingstown, NC this past Sunday
afternoon. About seven kids were outside in the front yard
playing during a family cookout. All of the sudden, an
unwanted guest shows up, without a dish to add to the
potluck. An aggressive fox.

Remaining calm, the hero of the day grabbed the fox by the
neck and pinned it to the ground, protecting the six other
children. Causing quite the ruckus, the adults were alerted,
and the 5-year-old fox stomper’s step dad limped his way to
the rescue. Wearing a cast due to a broken leg, the boy’s
stepfather, armed with a crutch ended up beating the fox to
death, as it was unyielding to attempts to scare it off.

At a hefty 61 pounds, but still only 5 years old, he had the
fox by the neck and was pushing it into the ground until
help arrived. Rather impressive to say the least.

Later found to be rabid, the boy did have to undergo the
wonderful series of Rabies treatments, as he was nipped in
the leg during the scuffle. “I wanted to protect my little
brother,” said the boy who only requested a band-aid for
his injury.

The boy “was really calm and wasn’t upset,” his mother
said. “I couldn’t believe he would do something like that.
He was so brave, and I was a wreck.”

“I definitely wouldn’t advise anyone else to react the way
the young boy did, because of the dangers,” a local heath
official said. “But that shows a lot of heart, and it’s a
good thing he reacted that way and helped those other
children.”

All encounters with wild animals need to be handled with
extreme caution. Foxes, much like dogs can usually be
deterred with a good dose of dog mace or an electronic
canine repeller
if reasonable avoidance tactics do not
work.

Of course when an aggressive wild animal is approaching,
especially when your children are involved, avoidance is too
late. It is almost to the point that no matter where you
live, displaced wild animals are no longer a rare or unheard
of encounter. For the most part, you know if you live in
bear country, and probably wolf country too. But other
animals such as foxes, coyotes, skunks, fishercats and
various other wild animals can be lurking around in most
suburban areas. If you are living in the middle of the city,
wild animals may be less of a concern, but then you are a
candidate for other self defense weapons for the other kind
of wild animals…degenerate humans.

Take the time to evaluate what possible scenario can happen
to you in your own backyard. You alone know what types of
wildlife are common, whether canine, feline or human, and
you need to make sure you have the tools and knowledge
readily available to you when you need it. There won’t
always be a fearless 5-year-old read to take charge of the
situation…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob

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Summer Means Cyber-Predators Out in Force

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 14 June, 2007

Not all self-defense can be handled with pepper spray or a
stun gun. With the onset of summer, parents of young
children should be aware that more cyber-predators will be
active on the Internet. These creeps know kids will be out
of school with time on their hands, so extra vigilance is
required on your part.

How sick is it out there? Experts say 20% of children who
enter a computer chat room are approached over the Internet
by a pedophile.

It’s important to look for signs that your kid may be at
risk online. Parents should be especially cautious if their
child is secretive about time spent online, making or
receiving calls from unknown telephone numbers, becoming
withdrawn from family and friends, spending many hours on
the phone or computer, or displaying a drastic change in
behavior.

Instant messaging and websites like MySpace are gold mines
for cyber-predators, because they make young kids all over
the world accessible. A child’s diary used to be a sacred
thing hidden under the bed, but today kids broadcast their
personal information and pictures all over the Internet for
friends and strangers alike to see.

Protect your kids

Here are some expert tips on keeping your family safe no
matter what the season:

- Make sure the computer is in an open area in the home.

- Forbid your kids from giving out identifying information
like their name, address, age, phone number, or photograph.
Tell them why.

- Set privacy settings on the child’s account to block
certain website or e-mail settings.

- Remind your kids that online friends are still
strangers.

- Become part of your children’s online experience by
surfing the Internet with them.

- Consider purchasing filtering software or key-logger
software, which records all keystrokes on the computer.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob

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Child Guard Remote Monitoring

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 26 April, 2007

Did you ever notice how even the most well intentioned things often turn out to be a really bad idea? The following is a story about a rather common, and somewhat embarrassing child restraining device, and an ingenious new twist on the old standby.

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“I cannot believe you are going to put that THING on our child.”

Amy leered at Craig.

He responded sheepishly, “But you know how Ryan likes to take off, honey. This bungee leash is the only way we’ll be sure he doesn’t get away from us!”

“We’re going to a kiddie park,” barked Amy, “not the Westminster Kennel Club!”

The doorbell rang. Craig skulked over to open the door for Amy’s best friend, Sarah, and her 4 year old daughter, Ashley.

After one look at Ryan, Ashley tugged on her mom’s trouser leg and asked, “Is Ryan gonna play doggie?”

“Craig, didn’t I tell you that thing was a bad idea?” Sarah reached into her purse and produced a tiny plastic panda. “Here, I got an extra one of these, and it looks like you can use it.”

Sarah told her friends that she worried about Ashley, too, but that she didn’t want her to miss out on having fun in crowded places. She explained how the Child Guard alerts parents by beeping if a child strays more than a few feet away.

“Mommy says I need to hold on to my kitty,” interrupted Ashley, showing off her cat-shaped Child Guard, on a ribbon around her neck.

“They’re shaped like little pets, so the kids don’t mind it when they’re clipped to their clothes,” said Sarah.

Craig studied the panda and wondered aloud, “but what happens when we’re all using our Child Guards at the same time? How do we know what our kid’s doing?”

“That’s what’s great about the system,” said Sarah, “it scouts around for a clear frequency, so it doesn’t interfere with anyone else’s system. So, are we going to the park, or what?”

Later that afternoon, Ryan and Ashley played on a swing set while a trio of parents relaxed on a park bench. Ryan’s panda and Ashley’s kitty dangled from their necks in unison.

Ryan glanced up at the clouds, and heard the familiar sound of an ice cream truck pulling into the park. A split second later, the Child Guard receiver he had attached to his key ring started to beep.

“Like father, like son,” deadpanned Amy.

Craig rushed off to scoop up Ryan on his dash for the sweets. As they saw another young child straining against a nylon harness, Craig reminded himself to thank Sarah for helping them enjoy the afternoon without that kind of embarrassment.

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To keep your child in range without resorting to a leash, visit worthprotectionsecurity.com/childguard.htm.

Worn by the child, the cartoon animal-shaped transmitter sends a constant signal to the receiver, which is held by the adult. The signal is adjustable – from a distance of 6 to 30 feet, so when the child goes beyond the set distance, the adult’s receiver starts to beep, letting them know that the child is starting to wander off.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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