Monday, October 31, 2005
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This morning we had an emergency situation in our building involving smoke in our buildings' electrical room. Luckily, we caught the smoking circuits before any serious damage occurred. No residents suffered any injuries. I just wanted to thank the DC Fire Department for their prompt and professional response to the situation. They arrived in less than 5 minutes from the time we placed a call on 911. DCFD also contacted PEPCO for us and waited for PEPCO to show up to inspect the circuits. Thank you DCFD!
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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Monday, October 24, 2005
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Thursday, October 20, 2005
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Assaults are basically fights carried out with or without a weapon at home or in a public space, between strangers, (frequently) among friends, acquaintances, or loved ones. The most serious assaults are known as "aggravated assaults," "assaults with a deadly weapon," or "assaults with intent to kill." Less serious offenses are called "simple assaults." In many cases, simple assaults turn into more serious assaults or even homicides, if the initial argument or fight is not scaled back or resolved quickly. While some assaults are unavoidable, use the following tips to make sure simple arguments do not turn violent or deadly: a.. If you are involved in a heated argument that appears to be turning violent, walk away. If you stay and fight "to prove something," you will only demonstrate poor judgment in almost every instance.
b.. Never carry a firearm, knife, or other illegal weapon. A weapon will definitely escalate the situation, and it could ultimately be used to harm innocent people or yourself.
c.. Avoid excessive drinking, or if you have been drinking, recognize its impact on your judgment. Alcohol is a contributing factor in many assaults.
d.. If you see an assault in progress, dial 9-1-1 immediately to alert the police. Do not jump into the fray, unless it is a last resort to prevent more serious injury.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) have revolutionized the personal banking industry, providing unprecedented ease and convenience. But they have also created new opportunities for thieves and robbers. Here are some tips to keepyou and your money secure while banking at ATMs.
- Make sure you have memorized your personal identification number (PIN).Never write it down on your ATM card or keep it with the card. Never tell anyone your code or let them enter your code for you.
- Do not give out information about your PIN over the telephone-banks will never request such information.
- Try to use machines you are familiar with, and use terminals located inbanks rather than independent terminals.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Look around before conducting a transaction. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction and go to another ATM.
- If you must use an ATM after hours, make sure it's well lighted.
- Use your body as a shield when making a transaction at the ATM.
- Never walk away from an ATM with cash still in hand. If you are going to count your money, do so at the ATM. Then take the time to put your money awaybefore leaving.
- When making an ATM transaction from your car, be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes and ears open, and keep car doors locked.
- Report any lost or stolen cards as soon as you discover they're missing.
- Check your receipts against your monthly statements to guard against ATM fraud.
- Tear up your ATM receipts when you no longer need them.
- According to DC Law, panhandling within 10 feet of any ATM is illegal. If you witness this, please call the MPDC's non-emergency number, 311.
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Monday, October 17, 2005
Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Safety Tips
a.. Try to use machines you are familiar with, and try to use terminals located in banks rather than independent terminals. b.. Be aware of your surroundings. Look around before conducting a transaction. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, cancel your transaction and go to another ATM.
c.. If you must use an ATM after hours, make sure it's well-lit. d.. Never walk away from an ATM with cash still in hand. If you are going to count your money, do so at the ATM.
e.. When making an ATM transaction from your car, be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes and ears open, and keep car doors locked.
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Saturday, October 15, 2005
Safety in Your Vehicle
The crime of "carjacking" - which is stealing a car by force - captures headlines across the country. Statistically speaking, however, your chances of being a victim of carjacking are very slim, and taking preventive measures can reduce that risk even more.
a.. If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don't argue. Your life is definitely worth more than a car.
b.. Get away from the area as quickly as possible. c.. Try to remember what the carjacker looked like-sex, race, age, hair and eye color, special features, clothes.
d.. Report the crime immediately to the police.
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Saturday, October 08, 2005
If Someone Tries to Rob You
a.. Don't resist. Give up your property-don't give up your life. b.. Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
Self defense measures are most effective when applied as preventive steps-avoiding the crime in the first place.
These measures include running away, hiding, screaming, and raising an alarm-remember, more people will respond to someone yelling "Fire" than they will to "Help!"
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Friday, October 07, 2005
Basic Street Smarts
a.. Wherever you are-on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway-stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
b.. Send the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going.
c.. Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
d.. Know the neighborhoods where you live and work. e.. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that are open late.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Personal Safety Tips on the Street
a.. If possible, don't walk alone during late-night hours. Walk in groups whenever you can-there is always safety in numbers.
b.. Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return. That way, the police can be notified as quickly as possible if there is a problem.
c.. Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
d.. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places. e.. If you have to walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic.
f.. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don't stop to talk to strangers.
g.. Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement. And don't burden yourself with too many packages or items. h.. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don't turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.
i.. Never hitchhike or accept rides from strangers. j.. Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the Metropolitan Police Department at 3-1-1. Or, if it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
k.. Avoid carrying large sums of cash, or displaying expensive jewelry in public.
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