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Murder, Robbery, Kidnapping: How to Stay Safe in Public

Thursday, December 22, 2011


The following event takes place September 11, 2003, what started out as a normal
Thursday morning in a Detroit suburb before all hell broke loose.


“It's a small video camera mounted inside Neil's Party Store in Westland, but police
say it captured in detail how a well-dressed Michael L. Schofield, with the help of his
girlfriend, executed four men.


One man is already lying shot to death inside the store; another clings to life as the
woman, posing as an employee, cheerfully invites two unsuspecting customers in.
They take three steps inside and Schofield sneaks up from behind and shoots them in
the head with a 9mm handgun.


The killing wasn't finished. Schofield 's alleged accomplice, Leslie Gordon, 24,
yells, "There's some more coming up," as a red pickup truck pulls up. Schofield tries
unsuccessfully to open a cash register and then yells, "Let's go, baby." The couple runs
out of the store and Schofield fires three shots through the pickup driver's side window,
killing both occupants.” - Detroit Free Press (MI) - Saturday, September 13, 2003


Four men killed and two seriously injured, how did this happen? “They were caught up
in the momentum of life” claims (Ret) Deputy Chief Gary Sikorski of Westland Police
Department. The men who entered the store while the robbery was in progress missed
the warning signs of a locked door opened by a stranger who oddly greeted them and
encouraged them to enter.


According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the gentlemen
in the pickup truck picked the wrong store to shop at that morning. NACS claims stores
having check out areas which cannot be seen clearly from the parking lot are 500 times
more likely to be robbed than ones which do. Neil’s did not offer a clear line of sight
from the lot to the register.


Aside from choosing stores which offer this clear line of sight, Sikorski offers his 10
Seconds to Safety to be used when arriving home, at your job, when shopping or
whenever approaching your destination. Here are the 10 seconds:


Take 2 Seconds Find the Safe Place to Park

Take 2 Seconds Scan the Area before Exiting Vehicle

Take 2 Seconds Scan Parking Lot Again upon Exiting

Take 2 Seconds Scan Entrance to Building

Take 2 Seconds Scan the Inside Area as You Enter


Watch this video which expands upon the above “10 Seconds To Safety Plan”.


Use this in reverse when leaving buildings. 10 Seconds to Safety, it’s easy to
remember and it’s easy to implement. Making it apart of your daily routine as it just may
save your life and that of your loved ones.

(In the video I mention I came up with the 10 Seconds to Safety Technique. I actually
learned about this technique from Gary Sikorksi.)