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The 12 Days of Christmas Safety
By M.O.S.T. Field Team

Day 1 – Be aware of your surroundings, especially after dark. Use drive thru ATMs when possible.
             Never use a ATM or RedBox after dark.

Day 2 - Do not post travel plans or away-times on social media or your answering machine.   
             If traveling, have your mail + newspaper deliveries held. Crooks want to know when
             you are away.

Day 3 – Use disposable credit cards. All continental U.S. internet merchants accept them.
              You can still report these cards as lost/stolen compromised, but your real credit is never
              in jeopardy.

Day 4 – Avoid too good to be true deals from internet vendors. Always meet a Craigslist seller
              in public for hand deliveries of  payments/merchandise. Never reveal your home address.

Day 5 – Arrange for package deliveries where they can be signed for and not left outdoors. If 
              you must leave outside, request packages be left at an out of site area such as the back 

Day 6-  Keep house lamps on timers. Keep an eye on your neighbor’s home too. Report suspicious      
             characters Don’t leave garage doors open if unattended. Don’t leave gifts in your vehicle once 
             you are home.

Day 7 – Keep purse straps diagonal over torso. Keep wallets in front pockets. Quit carrying your cell 
              phone hanging half-way out of your rear pocket. Don’t flash cash.

Day 8 – Keep an eye on packages, especially when eating out and getting a drink refill. Don’t show off 
              valuable purchases in public. 

Day 9 – Drink responsibly at holiday parties and events. A DUI is a gift you cannot return or exchange. 
              Some companies like AAA offer a free holiday tow service if you’re drunk. Be smart.

Day 10- Some crooks follow people home from stores after they purchase items like flat screen TVs.
              Be smart about your trip home. Stop at a police car or police station if you feel uneasy.

Day 11- Almost time to celebrate, but crooks want you careless. Stay focused on your safety.Take your 
              time. Crooks are hoping you are distracted so close to the big day.

Day 12- Merry Christmas! Remember, leaving big-ticket item boxes at the curb advertises to crooks. 
              Take your boxes to a dumpster instead. Be careful about posting your gifts on social media.

M.O.S.T. wishes you a Happy Holiday , love and safety.



Courtesy www.Justice.Gov   Video Courtesy of The History Channel

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club (Outlaws) have more than 1,700 members who belong to 176 chapters in the U.S. and in 12 foreign countries. U.S. law enforcement authorities estimate that the Outlaws have more than 86 chapters in 20 states with over 700 members. The Outlaws also identify themselves as the A.O.A. (American Outlaws Association) and the Outlaws Nation. The Outlaws are the dominant OMG in the Great Lakes region. The Outlaws are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine, the transportation and distribution of cocaine, marijuana and, to a lesser extent, ecstasy. The Outlaws engage in various criminal activities including arson, assault, explosives, extortion, fraud, homicide, intimidation, kidnapping, money laundering, prostitution, robbery, theft and weapons violations. The Outlaws compete with the Hells Angels for both members and territory.


The Animalistic Nature of Lowlifes

The phrase 'It's a jungle out there' is indeed accurate. Our outdoor environment is comprised of friendly creatures, and predators. The purpose of this article is to help you avoid becoming the prey. As in the wild, being aware of your surroundings is more than half of the battle. You see, lowlifes do not want to engage someone who provides them a challenge They want the most distracted, weak, and high value targets they can acquire. Here are some tips to make yourself less of a target.

Keep your head up and your senses tuned in. If you are looking down at your cell while listening to I-Heart Radio,that's your sight and hearing compromised and you've raised your target potential. It is a psychological truth that a criminal is less likely to attack someone who is making eye contact with them, although they may still attack. This will also help you to provide a better description to police should you become a victim.

Don't advertise what a great target you would be. Count your money behind closed doors, not walking downtown. Don't display your phone needlessly. Also remember that at night your in-use cell phone advertises your exact position to those who may be lying in wait.

Have a plan. Know the shortest distance between two destinations and walk with purpose. This includes making a mental, or physical, note ahead of time as to where you parked. A lost person can be spotted easily. The person approaching you to help you find your way could be sincere when they say you look lost and they want to help, or it could be a pretext to get closer to you for an attack. If you knew where you were going you would reduce the likelihood of being approached at all.

Stand and fight until it's time to run. This will be hard for some of you to believe, but we're being brutally honest here. If a criminal tries to get you to go with them to another location/enter a vehicle or face the consequences, it is better to stand and fight where you are than to comply. That lowlife wants you elsewhere because where you are makes them nervous. It's either too public for them, too close to where they live or too far from their cohorts location. It is better to get shot then and there with the hope of being heard/seen/discovered,/assisted than being driven to the deep woods where nobody will know you are being eliminated. Lowlifes know this principle. Embrace it as equally as they do.

Understand the realities of violence. Many are freaked out by the sight of their own blood in a fight. It's a psychological trigger for mortality and you don't necessarily have a chance to see how badly you are bleeding. Until you can find out, stay calm. Maintain your breathing. You'll want that breath to call for help if you need to.Common folks get gassed out quickly in a fight and ,unlike television, many fights go to the ground in the first minute. Prepare yourself for the possibility of getting grounded. Maintain your breathing, stay focused. Don't panic over any blood. Flee if you can, but be very cautious about fully turning your back to a attacker. 

Don't typecast. While you want to avoid situations and characters that make you feel uncomfortable, the 220lb kid you're worried about with the Insane Clown Posse shirt and ear gauges may not be the threat. It could just as easily be the polo shirt ,khaki pants 40 year old you're about to encounter.

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We do not care about persons who paint graffiti on a sanctioned wall with the owner's permission. However, we detest cowards who paint property without consent. That changes the classification from art to vandalism. However, the vandals will still try to justify what they do by claiming it's free expression. They often try to vilify those who oppose them by labeling them oppressors of that free expression. Meanwhile, those same vandals cause hundreds of dollars in damage, drive a businesses customers away and lower property values.
We often ask if a graffiti goon would still call it "art" if it was their property being defaced without permission.

Graffiti can also have a more serious meaning due to being gang related. Gangs can use graffiti to mark territory,advertise drug sales, mourn deceased members, announce alliances and issue threats. All the more reason to report and remove it immediately.

If you see tagging in progress dial 9 1 1

For recent graffiti in Orlando report it to (407) 254-GRAF (4723) or click HERE

For recent Orange County graffiti dial 3 1 1. You may also report it on the free app OCFL 311

M.O.S.T. strongly advises you to remove tags immediately after they get documented by law enforcement. We feel it is bad advice for anyone to advise you to leave the tags up a week or two to prevent retaliation. Letting tags remain sends a message of tolerance, lowers the property value for both you and your neighbors and can drive away your customers or potential property buyers. Not to mention that each day you look at the tag is a reminder of how your property was violated. Who needs that kind of aggravation ?