Self-Defense With An Attitude - Knowing How To Stay Safe 24/7

September 11, 2009 by admin  
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Tonite I interviewed Dr. Ruthless - Melissa Soalt -on Lets Talk Home Security Radio Show and what a ton of valuable information she and her punching partner Michael gave us.

We discussed self-defense methods, strategies, training,  listening to ”gut feelings”/ instincts, being aware of your surroundings at all times, practical safety/self-defense applications, and flat out female warrior power that’s hidden deep inside each and every one of us.   (We actually needed 2-hours with all the great info they were providing).  This is absolutely powerful stuff that we all need to know if we are faced with a violent, physical attack or assault.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the Dr. Ruthless Fierce and Female Self-Defense DVD, go to and order your own DVD and start your self-defense training at home.  The more knowledgeable, aware, and prepared you are to defend yourself - the safer you will ultimately be!!  Your home security, personal safety, and the safety of those you love and care about should be your No. 1 priority.

Take care, stay safe & protect your home and family!!

Let’s Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Let’s take a moment to honor the memory of our fellow Americans who lost their lives to terrorism on this day - September 11, 2001.  The horrific events of that day must never be forgotten.  As American citizens we must remain vigilant and united to prevent such acts from happening on American soil ever again.  God Bless America!!

Courtesy of TFluver & Alan Jackson

Again, let’s take a few moments of silence for those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

God Bless America!!

Dr. Ruthless, Self-Defense Expert, 9-11

September 10, 2009 by admin  
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cheryl-r1Cheryl Watterson, Radio Host, will interview Melissa Soalt aka Dr. Ruthless on the internet radio show Lets Talk Home Security - Friday, September 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT.   Be sure to pencil in the date, time, and call-in number (646) 727-3396.  You can also listen online @

I am excited to have Melissa aka Dr. Ruthless on the show to discuss how important it is to make women and men’s self-defense and personal safety awareness a high priority.  We can’t reiterate enough the importance as we constantly see in the daily news personal assaults, attacks, abductions, and kidnappings against women. 

Let’s face it women are the ones mostly under attack by these predators!!  That doesn’t mean men aren’t attacked but they aren’t the ones making the nightly news.  After seeing Melissa’s awesome videos I just know she’s going to have some great self-defense tips and valuable information for everyone who listens in.


Melissa Soalt aka Dr. Ruthless is an award winning women’s self-defense expert specializing in practical and full-force, scenario-based training methods.  She is a Black Belt Hall of Fame Recipient and Woman of the Year, voted “Best Women’s Self Defense” 2008.  Since 1986 Melissa has taught thousands of women how to protect themselves from danger and when all else fails, fight back to escape and survive.

A former psychotherapist who has successfully staved off physical attacks, Melissa has been featured on NBC Nightly News and in SELF, Woman’s Day, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek Japan and India’s national newspaper, THE HINDU.  She has published numerous articles and is working on a book.

In her acclaimed Fierce and Female DVD, Melissa teaches women how to remain focused and unleash a ferocious (and uncomplicated) counterattack to repel sexual and physical attacks.

Melissa is based in New England, but with a mobile operation, she conducts on-site seminars for groups, companies, organizations and schools.  For more information and to preview her methods, visit her website at:

With that type of self-defense background you know the show is going to be packed full of outstanding information.

Be sure to join the conversation with Melissa Soalt aka Dr. Ruthless on Lets Talk Home Security, Friday, 9-11-09 at 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. PDT at (646) 727-3396 or online at



School’s In Session-Is Your Child Coming Home Alone To A SAFE House?

September 7, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Home Security Headline News

Happy Labor Day Everyone!  This sort of ends the summer and begins the school season for many children throughout the country.  This is a time when many parents must decide whether or not to let their children come home from school by themselves.  For some parents their job may not allow a lot of flexibility so there may be no option other than to let your child come home alone.


If your children must come home from school by themselves, you are among a growing trend in our society of working parents who may have to struggle for after-school child care.  In fact, 17% of kindergarteners through eighth graders spend time after school in self-care at least once a week.

Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends adult supervision for children under the age of 11 or 12, for many families this isn’t possible.  When faced with this situation, maturity should be the determining factor in whether a child should be left alone.

An important factor in your child’s overall safety when coming home from school alone is whether he/she is coming into a SAFE home.  With the number of home burglaries, home invasions, and predatory criminals hanging around our neighborhoods, it is up to each of us as parents to ensure our home is absolutely safe and free from predators lurking or someone being inside your home as your child arrives.

Having a home security system is one way to be alerted should there be any kind of security issues coming from your home such as a burglary, fire, panic alarm or duress holdup.  In an alarm event, the alarm company will quickly verify the alarm, dispatch the police if there’s no answer, then notify the homeowner of the alarm.

A security system can alleviate much of the stress parents may feel about having their child come home from school by themselves.  When a home security system is set up to cover major door entries, vulnerable windows, and fire protection, parents can feel a little better knowing their home is a much safer home as their child enters.  Also having the security system protected and monitored 24/7 by a well-respected alarm company can give parents a tremendous amount of peace of mind.

In our family we have had a security system for over 23 years.  My children were about 9/10 years old when they were allowed to come home from school by themselves.  The school bus dropped them off in front of the house and they were home by themselves for just a short time. I had a fairly flexible schedule at the time, so I would try to be home prior to their arriving or shortly thereafter. 

We educated our children on how to use the security system and let them turn it OFF/ON well before they would be doing it by themselves.  When that time came, even at that young age, we knew they would be fine.  In some cases I found children do better than many adults in using the security system.

Here are a few reasons to have a security system that protects your children when they come home by themselves:

1.  You know your children are walking into a SAFE home.  If there is any type of alarm event prior to or after children come home - burglary or fire, the homeowner is quickly notified by the alarm company and the police dispatched immediately.

2.  Once children are inside the home, have established rules that they are not allowed to leave the house until an adult arrives.   You can have them lock the doors, start on their homework, read, or watch TV until you get home.  Depending upon your neighborhood - you may want them to set the alarm in the STAY mode.  (That just sets all doors and windows).  My suggestion would be to at least have the perimeter set up with a chiming or voice alert if a door/window is opened when the alarm is off.

3.  Make sure the security system has both a panic button feature which sets off an audible alarm to immediately call for the police and a duress holdup alarm which is a code used if you are forced into your home by an intruder and told to shut off the alarm.  By entering the duress code - it shuts off the alarm and sends a silent, holdup alarm to the 24-hour monitoring center to immediately send the police to your home.

4.  As a security consultant one of the features I offered to homeowners was a paging alert.  When the child came home from school and entered their code to turn off the alarm, it automatically sent a page to mom or dad’s pager.  Mom/dad then knew that their child was home.  Today pagers are probably obsolete, but check with your alarm company to see if they have something similar that can be set up with  cell phone texting. 

Before you begin letting your child come home from school alone or leave for school in the morning, have a family conference to discuss the arrangements and make sure everyone knows what the rules are.  Make sure your child knows about staying safe in and around your home, fire safety, and of course, internet safety.  Have a home security plan in place so that each family member understands about being aware of their surroundings, noticing anything or anyone that appears suspicious, and not answering the door to strangers while home alone.

Does your child know how to call 911?  Do you have speed dial set up for mom or dad at work - or a neighbor?  Does your child know how to press the panic button?  Just knowing how to call a trusted adult for help can make a child feel better when they are home alone.

Once again, if you don’t have a security system for your home, you may find that the costs are very reasonable compared to any loses that could result from a home burglary.  When you have proactively protected your home and family - you know your children are SAFE when they come home alone, you personally will have less stress and more peace of mind - and that my friend is PRICELESS!

Happy Labor Day - Enjoy your day off.  

Stay safe & protect your home and family!

Bank Executive/EE Home Security

September 1, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Radio Guest

On Friday, 08-28-09, Lets Talk Home Security host Cheryl Watterson talked about home protection strategies for bank executives, middle management, bank managers, executive managers, and their employees.

With bank robberies on the rise - there has also been a tremendous  increase in the number of home invasion robberies.  The two crimes sort of go together - criminals — robberies — money.

Criminals are getting smarter and some are very professional.  In fact over the past 8-10 years there have been many incidents of home invasion robberies of bank executives where family members were kidnapped and/or held hostage while the bank employee was driven to the bank and  forced to withdraw money.

What executive holds the keys to the bank branch?  Is it the branch or assistant manager?  Very likely a professional criminal could go to the home of one of the local managers and perform the exact crime and catch the bank employee totally off-guard.  People don’t think that a home invasion robbery crime is going to happen to them - it’s always someone else who is the victim! Most banks are set up with security systems that record opening and closing schedules that would alert the alarm monitoring center.

The safety and security of bank employees should be a high priority.  Especially with our economy in such a slump - desperate people do desperate things!

Employee training that includes personal safety awareness while at work, in the bank, and outside of the bank should be ongoing.  Employees should also have the opportunity to learn the best home security strategies to keep both their home and family safe while at work or at home.

By being proactive and knowing how to protect your home and keep your family safe you can avoid becoming a victim of a home burglary or home invasion robbery crime.  The consequences can be very devastating!

Larger banks with multiple branches throughout a city or state should offer  their employees and even their customers a training program that includes home security protection strategies and personal safety awareness.  That would be a company that offers value-added benefits to employees and customer.

Take care and protect your home and family.

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