Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 154
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June 2, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 154

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Life After Death What happens to a person the next moment after the heart stops beating? In the event the deceased was not a Christian, is he now forever lost? Will we ever see our beloved dead again? The Bible'answers these questions! BIBLE ANSWERS. D«pt- f Bn CO. Bmnfrml fomt omcf ««· Yortt. N.Y. 10001 Please send me a tree copy of the 24- page booklet, "Life After Death," without obligation. Name _. . ___ Address : City State_ --Zip e a s MAKING YOUR EARS HURT AND ITCH? "Earitis"--annoying pain and itch in your ears-can be brought on by excess wax. But when you try to remove wax with pointed objects, you may injure your ears! There's a better, safer way to remove excess wax --with AURO Ear Drops. When excess wax is gone, pain and itch of "Earitis" is gone. Get ailltyto help stop "Earitis." c ura COMMERCE DRUG OIV.. NEW YOflK TEMPTING AD. Nearby store. BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTS. Fantastic prices. RELIABLE STORE? Find out. SPEAK UP. £ Call your =3 Better Business Bureau. · The businessmen who support the BBS Q want you to get your money's worth. 10 Advertising contributed for the public good. Los Angeles policewoman Betsy Gray, also on today's cover, says, when "a woman blows her whistle, it frightens the devil out of an assailant." by Lloyd Shearer LOS ANGELES, CALIF. T wo years ago a pair of thinking officers in the Los Angeles Police Department, Capt. Robert Tucker and LL Burt Dole, came up with a cheap, practical, and traditional crime- prevention device--the whistle. Aware that muggers, thieves, and rapists are frightened by noise, the officers suggested that whistles be distributed to women in their neighborhood, which happens to be the Wilshire Division. It was a timely and useful suggestion, except that the Los Angeles Police Department, like most others, does not include in its budget any allowance for the purchase and distribution of free whistles to the public Tucker and Dole, therefore, presented their idea to the Wilshire Community Police Council, which consists of community business leaders. These civic-minded men went along with the idea, purchased the whistles wholesale, contributed them to the Wilshire Division of the police department. The police sell the whistles for"50 cents each, donate the profit to neighborhood charities. In the past two years they have sold 20,000 whistles, and the practice has caught on so well that a few weeks ago it was adopted by the Rampart Division and hopefully will spread to other divisions within Los Angeles and then to other cities throughout the nation. Officer Betsy Gray, who has been on the Los Angeles police force for 12 years, says, "A whistle, carried on a key chain or dangling from a neck chain is just about the most simple and handy device a woman can use. Afraid of attention "Over the years I've had quite a lot of -experience with potential purse- snatchers and rapists," she explains, "and I can tell you that once a woman blows her whistle, it frightens the devil out of an assailant. He's afraid it will attract attention or that other people will gather and stop him. Blowing a whistle loudly and running is frequently the best combined action a woman, or for that matter, anyone in danger, can take." The Los Angeles Police Department has several letters on file from residents who have used the whistles for protection or crime prevention. "One woman,"'recounts Sgt. Charles Meyerhoff, "was walking along Wilshire Boulevard when she observed two men fighting. Immediately she blew her whistle vigorously. The men looked around and stopped fighting! An investigation revealed that one of the men was a security guard from a nearby store, and the other man was a shoplifting suspect "When I heard that whistle/ the suspect later told police, 'I thought you guys were there so I gave up/ " Another case involved a widow, living alone, who heard a loud noise at her front window at 2 a.m. She reached for her whistle, which she keeps on her nightstand, and started blowing it She then quickly phoned the police. When the officers arrived they saw that someone had removed the screen from her bedroom window, had attempted to pry open the window lock. The loud noise of the whistle, they concluded, had frightened the criminal away. Much crime unreported \ That violent crime is on the rise in almost all urban areas of the nation is apparently undeniable. A recent Justice Department report declares that actual crime is two to three times higher than reported crime in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and a shocking five times higher than crime reported in Philadelphia. The Justice Department report, which cost some $10 million, is based on interviews conducted by census takers with 25,000 people and 2000 businesses in the five largest U.S. cities. It sounds incredible,' but in 1972 almost 80 percent of all the businesses in Detroit were burglarized and almost a third of the city's homes targeted for robbery. Where not to go The report, commissioned by the national crime panel of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA), also shows that in 1972 Detroit had the highest rate of serious crimes (murder excluded) in the nation with 68 per 1000 persons; Philadelphia 63 per 1000; Chicago 56; Los Angeles 53; and New York 36 per thousand. Other findings in the report show Los Angeles and Philadelphia leading in assault rates with 34 per 1000, trailed by Detroit with 33, Chicago 26, and New York with 10. According to Donald Santarelli, chief administrator of the LEAA, the survey proves that American citizens don't report crime "because it isn't worth it, they don't believe the criminal justice system works well enough to make it worthwhile . . . we must try to turn them on again. We must bring consumerism to criminal justice." Perhaps the federal government should issue whistles to all its consumers. That seems to be one way of reporting a crime, impending or taking place, and simultaneously frightening the criminal away.

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