3 out of 4 stars
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The following is a book everyone should have. Know What Cops Know: A Crime Prevention Guide by Chief William Palmini, Jr. and Tanya Chalupa is a guide filled with safety advice from a well-seasoned police officer with fifty years of experience fighting crime. The book contains step-by-step guidelines for safety from a police officer's perspective. The book begins with various 'Cop Quotes.' In each chapter, Chief Palmini gives the nature of the crime, how to avoid becoming a victim, and what to do if you become a victim.
The book contains seven parts, each focusing on a group of crimes. Part I covers crimes that can happen in your homes, like burglary, theft, rape, domestic violence, etc. Chief Palmini gives detailed instructions on how to avoid being a victim of these crimes. For example, installing good locks on doors and windows and not opening the door until you know who is there. If you become a victim, he describes the steps you need to take afterward, and he ends each chapter with a 'Cop Tip.' Part II focuses on date rape, carjacking, purse snatching, and other crimes that can happen when you are away from your home. Chief Palmini follows the same outline in Parts III-VII as in Part I. The book highlights valuable information everyone needs to know to stay safe, whether at home or away.
Chief Palmini does an outstanding job of covering multiple crime scenarios, some of which we never consider. Space will not allow a thorough overview of all the topics in this book, but it should be in every household. Cops instinctively know what to watch for so everyone can take something away to apply to your family's safety and your own.
I was impressed with the detail in this book. I don't believe Chief Palmini left any stone unturned. For instance, Part 5 is about the crimes children may face, such as child abuse, child safety on the internet, and kidnapping, to name a few. Part 6 is dedicated to senior citizens and includes cybercriminals, telephone scams, and even the internet 'Love' scam. Palmini gives the top ten prevention tips for seniors. There are instructions for safety for disabled persons and emergency preparedness as well.
This book can be a valuable asset to anyone's library. There is quite a bit of repetition in the book because many instructions on avoiding and reporting crimes are the same. I didn't consider that a flaw. My only complaint is the number of errors I encountered which sometimes interfered with my reading flow. The copy I had for review was the PDF version, so I hope other versions have less. However, I can only base my assumption on the copy I read, and the PDF version does not appear professionally edited.
Because of the detailed instructions regarding preventing and reporting crimes, the cop tips and quotes, and the excellent overview of safety tips, I am rating this book 3 out of 4 stars. I deducted one star because of the errors I found. This book would be an easy four stars with a round of professional editing.
There is something for everyone in Know What Cops Know; therefore, I recommend it to those with families, those who live alone, senior citizens and disabled persons, and anyone with the care of children.
Know What Cops Know
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