In more than thirty years in the security field, I’ve seen a lot—per-haps too much! I have had to learn to survive, and much of that learning is applicable to the security and safety of every citizen. After I wrote my book Confessions of a Hollywood P.I., I was asked at book signings and lectures if I had written anything that would assist people in protecting themselves and their families. From these initial inquiries evolved Protect Yourself at All Times, which is a compendium of security tips and warnings. I am, and have been, involved in the sport of boxing, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the World Boxing Hall of Fame. This book’s title is derived from the referee’s admonition at the start of every fight to both boxers: “Protect yourself at all times, especially in the clinches.”
Society is changing rapidly, not only technologically but also cul-turally. Crime also is evolving in this rapid change. Sure, we still have murder and strong-arm robbery, but whole new areas of criminal en-deavor have sprung up. There are new breeds of criminals operating in the breathtakingly fast-growing world of computers. Medical fraud has now become a serious threat to the economy. Identity theft threatens every one of us. With the deregulation of the communication industry and the technological advances in this area, communication privacy is a serious problem. Thanks to medical advances and education, the life span of the American citizen has been extended greatly. Unfortunately, this positive has had negative connotations, such as fraud against the elderly—from investments to nursing homes.
Violence is a major problem, even though FBI statistics seem to show a statistical decrease over the past few years. Today, workplace violence is a threat in every job environment. The term “going postal” has become part of the argot. Stalking, which had been ignored by law enforcement and society, is a serious problem, especially for women.
Domestic violence, as a national problem, has finally come out of the closet and is being addressed. The Oklahoma City and World Trade Center bombings all too dramatically showed us that terrorism is not restricted to overseas but can hit the United States as well.
The point is that while we still, unfortunately, have to worry about locking our doors, there are new areas of crime that concern us all. Pro-tect Yourself at All Times focuses on these areas but does not neglect the more traditional areas of security such as residential protection and per-sonal self-defense.
I sincerely hope that this book will assist you in your daily life. It is not meant to alarm but rather to offer a commonsense overview of the security problems out there. Hopefully you will never be directly physi-cally affected, but still we are all impacted by the considerable eco-nomic costs of crime. Therefore it is my hope that this book will assist in protecting at least a segment of our population.