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LIVE TO TELL ABOUT IT: CALL 911 OR LET THE PROS STEP IN

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Don't be a hero: Part 2

Last week, we covered situations to avoid if you are a victim of a crime or witness one being committed. In almost all cases, crime prevention experts suggest never taking the law into your own hands. Trying to be a hero is a noble gesture, but it can prove deadly.

What would you do if a crime was being committed on your property? While Florida's "stand your ground" law allows you to protect and defend yourself from imminent attacks or threats, analyze the situation and weigh your options. If the perpetrator is committing the crime on your property just outside your home or business, do not go out for a confrontation. Call 911. If the perpetrator has already forced his way into your home or business while you are present, you may be forced to confront the situation. However, if you have the time or the opportunity to get out, use it and then get to a phone and call for help.

What if you become a victim of road rage and the aggressor has begun to follow you or is trying to get you to pull over? This can be frightening. You don't know if the subject is armed or what his intentions are. Do not open yourself up to that unknown. Use your cell phone to call for help. Stay on the phone with police until you are safe. Do not stop. Do not allow the subject to engage you in a yelling match. Drive to a police station if you can.

The key in these cases is avoiding a confrontation that can escalate into a dangerous situation. Eliminate that potential by calling law enforcement to assist you. When every second counts, allow the professionals to do the work they have been trained to do and help you and your loved ones stay safe.

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