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Ever take an UBER? You will want to check out these 7 tips to keep you safe!

If you ever take an UBER you will want to check out these 7 tips to keep you safe!

This Video also explains how to stay safe when taking an UBER:

Sometimes we get information from the strangest places. On that note, I had a dream the other night. It was a very upsetting dream about getting into a car. It was an unknown person who was driving me, so I’m assuming it was an Uber, or something like that. I told this person where I wanted to go, and when we got to the destination they did not drop me off there.

LOIS Does Uber! How to Stay Safe When You Take a Ride in an Uber
LOIS Does Uber! How to Stay Safe When You Take a Ride in an Uber

It was very scary! I remember waking up and being really upset, and thinking that this person was going to do something horrible to me. So every morning when I wake up I look at news articles, and what’s going on in the world, and I found this article by The Atlanta Journal. It says “Taking Uber or Lyft? Read These Seven Safety Tips Before Getting In A Car.

Apparently there was a woman who was sexually assaulted by this Uber driver. He allegedly assaulted the woman. Three counts of rape. So it must have been a pretty bad situation. This happened in Boston. He picked her up and took her to a location that wasn’t the location that she had on the app. So I think that’s a really important point is that if your deviating from your route, much like in my dream, that could be a signal that something’s wrong.

There are tips you can use to make your UBER ride safer:

  1. Confirm the name and driver and make of the vehicle, and make sure that in coincides what’s in the Uber app.
  2. Also you can check the driver’s rating. Again, this would be in the Uber app or the Lyft app.
  3. Share your trip details with friends or family. This is really important, and I actually did a video a couple months ago about how to do that with the UBER app. You can check that out HERE!
  4. Another tip is to avoid riding in the front seat. Apparently there is women who are being assaulted in the front seat, which is horrible
  5. Follow along in your own maps to make sure that they are going the right way. Don’t just look at the Uber app on your phone!
  6. Travel in groups when possible. Personally I’ve never taken an Uber by myself, I don’t think I ever would. It’s always good to travel in groups whenever possible.
  7. Trust your GUT! That’s the most important tip of all. I think having that awareness and trusting yourself is highly important. If you even have the slightest inclination that something’s wrong don’t get into that car. Order another one. Tell them that you have to run back in the house, or you forgot your friend, or something. Make something up, get out of the situation!

Obviously this is scary stuff, but it’s really good to be aware and everybody should practice situational awareness every day. Again, trust your gut. We have these inside feelings for a reason. We have intuitions for a reason, so use them stay safe!

If you like the LOIS safety blog, check out the other articles and tips HERE. Additionally, the LOIS Safety System is dedicated to keeping you aware, alert and away from potentially harmful situations. Learn more HERE.

Why Dogs Keep You Safe! Check Out This List Of Reasons Your Best Friend Is Also A Safety Asset

Why dogs keep you safe!

As most people know,dogs are amazing creatures.  They are man’s best friend. Also,they fill your life with love, joy and playfulness. They can also add a layer of protection for you and your family. Many dog owners know this and add protection to the long list of why dogs keep you safe. There are several reasons dogs are protective but the list below sums up a few of the more important ones!

why dogs keep you safe
Why dogs keep you safe from the LOIS Safety Blog

Dogs are loyal and will defend you to the death! Most dogs would attack and intruder or aggressor. They are pack animals and tend to guard other members of the pack – YOU!- with amazing loyalty. This is one wonderful way dogs keep you safe.

Another way dogs keep you safe is they are very fast! Dogs can run and chase away a would-be predator. Just the sight of a dog charging at them would scare most people away and have them heading for cover!

In addition, dogs have vice like jaws and sharp claws. This speaks for itself and comes into play if someone were to attack their owner.

And finally, the barking can help keep people away. A dog’s barking can be just the thing to get the bad guy to leave. Most burglars for example would rather attempt to rob a house with an alarm system than with a dog!

To sum it up, dogs can increase your level of protection while adding a wonderful companion to your life. If you are considering getting a dog please keep these factors in mind. Not only are they wonderful creatures but they will be loyal and protect you no matter what.

For more safety tips and to learn about the LOIS Safety App, please visit the LOIS website today! We would love to have you as a part of our safety community 🙂

 

 

How To Use Pepper Spray from the LOIS Safety App

How To Use Pepper Spray! LOIS Safety App Tip of the Week!

Have you ever wondered how to use pepper spray? While this is a common safety tool, many of us don’t know how it really works.  In this blog post, “How To Use Pepper Spray!”,  we will explain how. Here are some tips on how to use it as well as how to do this safely!

The first step is to purchase your pepper spray and remove it from its package. You can find some inexpensive versions on Amazon HERE. The spray should be in the ‘off’ position when you take it out of the packaging. Make sure you NEVER point the nozzle towards you while handling the spray.

How to use pepper spray
How to use pepper spray

Next, test the pepper spray to make sure it’s working. Turn the nozzle to the ‘on’ position. Do not point the nozzle towards you! Extend your arm as far as possible and spray and spray a little bit on to the ground. The spray will come out and that way you know it’s working.  Try again if the spray doesn’t work and if that fails manufacturer or store where it was purchased.

Finally, switch the nozzle to the ‘off’ position and store the spray in your purse, car, bedside table or carry it with you! Some models come with a key chain ring so you can keep it on you always.

Remember…point the spray towards their face on spray if you are ever approached by an attacker! However, make sure you NEVER move towards your attacker or become aggressive with them. The trick is to immobilize them and get out of there! You can also yell and draw attention to yourself while you get away. Contact the police as soon as you are sure you are in a safe place.

While most of us hope we never have to use something like pepper spray, it’s a great tool to have in your safety arsenal. Sometimes just having it and pointing it at an attacker is enough to get them to stay away!

Lastly,  in mind situational awareness is key in any scenario and it’s the best way to keep yourself safe! We hope you enjoyed How To Use Pepper Spray  by LOIS Safety App Tip of the Week. Sign up for emails from this blog for weekly updates!

 

 

Realtor Safety- Could This Crime Have Been Prevented?

Realtor Safety Alert:

Realtor safety is always a main topic for the LOIS Safety App blog. It’s a sad fact but Realtors put themselves in danger every day on the job! As a recent example,  a Realtor who was sexually assaulted in Idaho.  It’s unfortunate but this happens much to often in the Real Estate community. The news article describing the event states:

“A Boise man is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a Realtor in Meridian Wednesday night.

realtor safety
Realtor Safety

Meridian Police say the Realtor had shown the suspect, Ertan Ikic, and his wife several other homes in the past, but this time it was just him. He came alone.

So what can Realtors do to try to stay safe?”. The article goes on to say.  “We spoke with Danielle Cullip with Silver Hawk Realty to find out how they’re trained.

“Everyone does it it every day,” said Cullip. “We go out and we’re out to show a home and we’re ready to sell. It’s all about that instinct.”

Oftentimes, Realtors are alone with a prospective buyer in an empty house, making them vulnerable.

“You really don’t know these people,” said Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea with the Meridian Police Department. “You know them on a very limited basis when they’re showing you their best behavior. They’re potential buyers they want to show you they’re good people.”

Obviously this is a horrible case of what can happen to Realtors on the job. There are ways to protect yourself, however including getting the clients information, telling someone where you are and using the LOIS Safety App.

Hopefully this awareness will spread and Realtors everywhere will become safer on the job as a result!

Empowering Women! Protecting Against Assault

Details of assaults on women are making news every day.  We read about joggers taking a daily run, girls going to a frat party or out for a drink with friends, working professionals meeting customers or clients. These all seemingly innocent situations.  But then something unexpected happens. Empowering women to deal with these situations has become very important.

Empowering women

Following these reports there is frustration and outrage.  Along with such emotions, there may be a more subtle tendency to blame the victim.  How could she have been so unaware of her surroundings?  Why didn’t she sense the presence of danger until it was too late?  These reactions are all natural responses when people feel helpless in dealing with unpredictable threats.

Empowering women to be proactive in confronting this problem is a challenge.  None of us like to imagine ourselves as potential victims.  However, the only way to increase security is by admitting vulnerability, and raising awareness.  This is the kind of empowerment that encourages women to develop situational awareness, and to do everything possible to promote their own well being.

It starts with the most obvious list of “don’ts”. Don’t meet a stranger in a remote area. Don’t walk alone after dark.  If warnings were effective, we would eliminate some dangers.  Sadly, these warnings and many others like them are often not effective. They fail to encourage the kind of intentional behavior that tells us what to DO, as opposed to what not to do.  We all need to think more creatively and take an approach that anticipates trouble before the fact.

A personal safety app like LOIS supports the idea that women are responsible for their own safety.  However, the LOIS concept bolsters this, making safety a norm with a longer reach, into the greater community.  This re-imagined approach helps to promote safety by utilizing community contacts. That is, organizations and individuals who have a real stake in the outcome.  Users  are backed up by a whole community of other interested parties, all of whom support the effort through active participation.  In this way, empowerment is not just a catchy phrase or a vain hope, but a concept that has legs!

Creating LOIS Safety Software System


Read the whole story on Creating LOIS Safety Software System and watch the video clip, below, filmed by @Ground+swell!

As the founder and CEO of the LOIS Safety System, I’m often asked what prompted me to create the software in the first place. Although it’s been documented elsewhere, I have never really explained in detail what happened to me and how it has lead to the invention of LOIS.

I have been in the real estate industry for 13 years. I am a licensed realtor in Michigan as well as a broker in the state of Florida. Four years ago I had decided to move to Florida full time and work on my brokerage. I was excited to be in a new area and embarking on growing my real estate business.

One of the first potential clients I came into contact with was a gentleman who called our office asking about townhomes in Satellite Beach, FL. He seemed to be interested in one in particular and had asked to see it that same day. At the time it was only myself and my partner working for my brokerage. We had no established safety policy in place. I decided to meet with this potential client later in the day. I set up the appointment to show the property and found out it was vacant.

I remember asking my male counterpart to please go with me on the appointment but he had other obligations so was not able to accompany me. So I set off for the showing. Of course I was excited about the prospect of a sale and was not really thinking in terms of safety. I showed up at the showing and saw a man get out of a very beat up looking car. The townhome was in the $400k price range so this was my first clue something might be off. But, you can’t judge a book by its cover so I proceeded to greet him and open the lockbox on the door. While I was doing so he was talking to me and kept repeating himself. He kept asking me if the property was a townhome and what the taxes were. I answered but the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Something inside of me was telling me there was something off about this individual.

I lead the man into the townhome and stayed behind him the whole time. I kept the door open and did not go upstairs with him. He kept asking me to come upstairs but I said that I had a bad back and couldn’t make it up there. He continued to ask the same questions and then started on a rant about his ex-wife. This is when I knew that I could be in serious trouble. I told him the owners would be back soon, even though the house was vacant and obviously staged, in the hopes he would want to leave right away.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, he followed me outside to my car, still repeating nonsensical things about his ex-wife and the taxes on the condo. He also smelled like alcohol. He did not let me into my car and was standing very close to me and asked me if there were any other townhomes where we could ‘go inside’ in the neighborhood. I told him yes just to get him to let me into my car and told him to meet me at an address down the street. Once there I was able to call him and tell him that the owners would not let us do the showing and that we could have to come back. I sped off and never looked back.

Once back safely at my office, I looked up this man online. He had a police record for drunk driving as well as assault. I was traumatized and had a friend stay with me that night. I realized that no one knew where I was, who I was meeting, and when I was supposed to be done with the showing. If that man had decided to assault me in some way, I may have not been found for some time. Especially since the house was vacant. This incident prompted me to look for a software application that could track my whereabouts when out with strangers, often in empty homes or buildings. I didn’t find anything that could help me, so I decided to create it!

Often times the worst situations in our lives give birth to the most amazing ideas. I am grateful every day that I was not harmed in that situation. But I know others have not been so lucky. It is my mission to make LOIS the most comprehensive safety application available and to help anyone who might feel unsafe in any situation, especially while out trying to make a living. In doing so, I hope to make this world that much safer and give people a greater piece of mind.

LOIS Safety Software Founder is interviewed by @Ground+swell!


LOIS Safety Software founder, Avery Piantedosi is interviewed by Groundswell C.E.O, LOIS Safety SoftwareJenna Buehler about the pre-launch of LOIS. The interview was done a few months ago but has relevant information regarding LOIS, what it’s like to be a startup on the Space Coast of Florida, and Groundswell, a high tech incubator located in Central Florida.

Groundswell is a community of startup catalysts who work with entrepreneurs to navigate the challenges of starting and building early-stage companies. Our goal is to help grow companies, provide access and introductions to funding sources, generate jobs, and help the Space Coast startup ecosystem realize its vast potential as one of the world’s most concentrated clusters of engineers and scientists. Enjoy!

LOIS Safety Software Founder Wins InnovateHER Pitch Competition!

20151120_204352LOIS personal safety application founder Wins InnovateHER Pitch Competition! MELBOURNE, FLA. — weVENTURE, the Central Florida-based organization focused on the entrepreneurial needs of women and powered by Florida Institute of Technology, recently hosted two InnovateHER Pitch Competitions in coordination with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Microsoft and Ground+swell.Avery Piantedosi of Melbourne and Frances Titus of Orlando won the competitions.

Piantedosi is the founder of “LOIS,” a safety app originally developed for female Realtors. After having a frightening personal experience showing a town home to an aggressive client, Piantedosi saw the need to create a mobile, personal safety app that would automatically notify police and loved ones of immediate danger.

Earth’s Love Tea Co. produces instant tea to increase milk supply in nursing women. Company founder Frances Titus worked with formulator Emily Ruff, director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, to create this innovative new product. The instant tea consists of traditional Galactagogue herbs that have been used throughout history to increase milk supply in nursing women.

Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the 2016 InnovateHER pitch competition focuses on services and products that have a positive impact on the lives of women and families. In line with this year’s theme, of ideas that impact women and families, each competing business must have a measurable impact in that area, as well as have the potential for commercialization and be able to fill a need in the marketplace.

At each competition, there were 10 presenting finalists. The winner of each competition, selected by a group of independent judges, is now in the running to be selected by the SBA to compete for national awards and prize money totaling $70,000 in Washington, D.C., at the national InnovateHER Finals on March 17, co-sponsored by Microsoft.

“At weVENTURE, we are focused on providing the calibrated tools, insights and resources our clients need to create and sustain sustainable growth,” said weVENTURE Executive Director Beth Gitlin. “Events like InnovateHER highlight the incredible outcomes these clients are able to achieve.”

Gitlin added that she is confident that Piantedosi and Titus will set a strong example for other women seeking to start and grow their own innovative businesses in Central Florida.

“LOIS is going to potentially save lives,” Piantedosi said. “Today, 70 percent of attacks that happen during real estate transactions are against women. But there are many that will benefit from it. I look forward to bringing this new app to the masses.”

Titus added, “The impact weVENTURE has had on me personally and on my business in a short amount of time is profound. I am more focused. I have the weVENTURE team to thank for this honor.”

“Winning this competition has given me the validation I needed to move forward with great confidence,” she said.

Originally posted by WeVENTURES Woman’s Business Center at Florida Tech.