Published on: August 21, 2008
Criminals don't fight fair. That's why William Carmody, District Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, wants to teach you some simple tools for staying safe.
Carmody has over 36 years of law enforcement experience and says it doesn't matter what kind of shape you're in or how many self defense classes you've taken, the key to staying safe, is being aware of your surroundings.
His presentation "Be Aware, Be Safe" will be presented at Lone Star College-Kingwood on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. in CLA 114. This presentation is free and open to the public.
"I'm going to share some things they may have heard from their mothers and other things they have never heard before," said Carmody.
Carmody says most Americans live with a false sense of security and while he doesn't want to create paranoia, he knows how important it is for the public to develop their senses and become attuned to their surroundings. Simple steps, such as parking near a light in parking lots, not unlocking car doors before you get to your car, and checking the back seat before you enter your car can save your life.
One of the most vulnerable spots to be is the elevator and Carmody will tell you the safest place to stand whether you are in an elevator by yourself or with a group. He says law enforcement calls these vulnerable spots "victim spots" and he advises avoiding them at all costs.
"This isn't rocket science. It's Personal Safety 101, but it's important to be aware of easy things you can do. Even if you've heard some of this before, it's always smart to take a refresher course."
Carmody has worked his entire adult life in the law enforcement field. He directs Department of Homeland Security operations throughout most of Texas and all of Louisiana. He has also worked as a state trooper, an undercover agent, an investigator on organized crime, narcotics, major crimes and as a covert operations intelligence agent.
For more information on the presentation, "Be Aware, Be Safe" contact Linda Holcomb at 281-312-1567.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.