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Crime on College Campuses

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Recent attacks on college campuses have drawn our attention to the vulnerability of students nationwide. Most recently, Dylan Andrew Quick, a hearing impaired student at Lone Star College's CyFair Campus, used an X-acto knife and scapel to stab 14 students, two of which are in critical condition.


The University of Central Florida had a near miss recently when James Seevakumaran, a former business major, plotted to kill students and "give them hell" when cornered. Luckily, when Seevakumran pulled a gun on his roommate, the roommate barricaded himself in his room and called 911. Seevakumaran ended up shooting himself in the head and did not injure any students. Less than two weeks prior to that incident, a student was pistol whipped and robbed at gunpoint near Gemini Blvd and the UCF water tower.


Crime occurs everywhere and no one can predict the actions of sick people who, like Dylan Andrew Quick, have been bullied and dreamt of killing since they were younger. What we can do is to make sure that students are informed on campus security and I feel it is vital that students carry something for their self-defense. I know how important this can be from personal experience.


Non-lethal self-defense weapons are covered in our presentations, specifically CS Tear Gas. Its ability to put down an attacker from 20 feet away, even under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is why it has received our endorsement for a great alternative to a gun in the nightstand. This is coming from a gun owner but with a baby boy on the way, I will not leave my gun unlocked in my home anymore. Law enforcement carry CS Tear Gas for a reason - It works. Email me for more info at Chris@NationalCrimeStop.org


Oh, and just FYI - Dylan Andrew Quick, the Lone Star Stabber, wasn't caught by campus security, students gave chase, passed campus security and brought down Quick. My hat goes off to the 4 students involved with stopping the sicko. Parents, at orientation when the Dean of the college told you their security was second to none and you left your child's safety in their hands, I hope stories like these make you open your eyes.

The Florida Tax "Tsunami"

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In nearly everyone of my seminars of 2013, I have an attendee who is experiencing tax fraud. Basically someone stole their info or bought it online and filed taxes before the victim. Any owed money to the victim is tied for 6-18 months while the IRS tries to sort it out along with the other 4 million victims this affects every year.


Miami and Tampa are ranked the among the worst cities in the country for this type of fraud. In 2010, gang members gunned down a postal worker to steal his "master" key so they could steal mail from area apartment complexes and capture personal information to file fraudulent tax returns. In most cases, these criminals rent a hotel room with wifi and file 100's of tax returns as to not get caught by IP tracing. I read a report that it could total $21b over the next five years - no small change.


When checking your credit reports, look under the address section for any addresses where you have never lived or owned property. If you see something suspicious, it is a red flag that you may be hit with IRS fraud in the near future. Contacting the IRS ahead of time and requesting a PIN will prevent this from happening in the future.

Checking Your Credit Report

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When I get interviewed, a common question is, "What is the biggest mistake you can make?"

Going longer than six months without checking your credit report is always my answer. People will typically give me one of three excuses as to why they haven't done it recently, sometimes in years:


1. I have good credit so I don't need to check my report. Guess what? Your good credit just pushed you to the front of the line as far as an identity thief is concerned. Now that doesn't mean people with less than perfect credit are safe.


2. Checking my credit report will hurt my credit score, right? Wrong! Checking your credit report has no bearing on your credit score. Check your children's credit as well, even if they are under the age of 18.


3. I don't want to have to pay to do it. www.AnnualCreditReport.com gives you one free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Space these free reports out over the course of the year and your periodical monitoring will decrease the damage left behind when you're hit.