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Tips to help you avoid becoming the next CTA robbery victim

Just another day on the CTA. Crowded CTA buses are the perfect environment for pickpockets to work their trade Photo credit: by Dane Brian via Creative Commons

Yesterday’s article focused on the rise in crime on the Chicago Transit Authority trains and buses between 2009 and 2011. The increase in crime is due mainly to the heavy use of smartphones, tablets, iPods and other electronic devices, thieves target for the quick cash that they bring. Though crimes are down this year the level of violence that takes place during the robberies appears to be increasing.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.
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