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Halloween safety is everyone’s responsibility.

This Halloween weekend when you are out driving around, try to remember that every time you do anything but focus on driving you may be putting someone’s life in danger. Some costumes will limit what the wearer can hear and see. Drivers will need to pay especially close attention when driving through neighborhoods where kids […]

Halloween safety means don’t assume!

Whether you are taking your kids trick or treating this Halloween or you are out with friends, when it comes time to cross the street, don’t assume that just because you have the right of way, that the oncoming car is going to stop. They may just keep right on coming. Why? It’s probably because […]

Average citizens have been stepping up and helping fight crime

Earlier this month two citizens witnessed a carjacking on Rush Street and followed the suspect until he crashed the car into a nearby taxi then restrained him until police arrived. Several times in the last few months average citizens have been responding to calls for help from victims of violent crime, and in some cases […]

Takedown Workshop at Degerberg Academy

Why teach a Takedown Workshop? Being able to take someone off their feet should be part of your self-defense training. Some may object since they can’t imagine themselves taking a bigger opponent off their feet out in the street. That is understandable, but by learning how to take someone down you also can begin to […]

You can learn how to avoid being a victim of crime

How personally aware are you? Are you sending out signals that tell muggers you may be an easy target for a strong-armed robbery? When you are walking to or from work, riding public transportation, or are getting in or out of your car; do you make it easy for assailants to attack you? You are […]

Carjacking and armed robbery in Chicago’s River North neighborhood

A carjacking and the armed robbery of a driver were reported last week in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The incident happened as the male victim, a 72-year-old man, was picking up his wife in the 800 block of North Rush Street at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County […]

How did 3 Aurora Girls avoid being kidnapped?

At around 4 p.m., three 11-year-old girls told police they were approached by a man driving a black SUV in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 400-block of North Farnsworth Avenue. They said the man opened the vehicle’s door and told them to “come here.” When they refused and began to walk […]

New 6-Week Personal Safety / Self-Defense Course

We will be offering another 6 Week Personal Safety / Self-Defense Course beginning Tuesday evening October 19th, 2010 at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts. Named best overall school by Black Belt Magazine.

What actions would I be willing to take to protect my life or that of a friend or loved one?

Was the attempted criminal sexual assault in south loop dorm preventable?

Chicago – Police are still seeking a suspect who apparently tried to sexually assault a female student in her South Loop dorm room late last month. The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 in a student dorm apartment on the 500 block of South State Street, according to a community alert issued by […]

Should you be worried about the travel terrorism warnings?

New terrorism warnings were issued recently for Americans traveling to Europe. Now what are you going to do? You are scheduled to fly to Europe out of Chicago O’Hare. Are you considering canceling your trip due to the travel terrorism warnings? You are more likely to be killed in a car accident than by a […]