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At this time of year, many people are focusing on romance and dating. There lots of ways to meet new people to date, and one of the most common ones involves online dating and blind dates. If you’re meeting someone new for the first time, there are several dating tips you will want to follow to ensure you have a fun and safe time:

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This holiday season, your errand list may be quite long. You may need to visit a number of businesses in order to get all your shopping done and in order to handle all the errands you have to complete. In addition, you may be treating yourself to a few dinners out or you may be attending special work dinners or holiday events at restaurants, art galleries, conference halls, or hotels.

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What happens if you’re injured this holiday season, however, while visiting a place of business? Whether you slip on the floor in a store, trip over debris at a restaurant, or are attacked outside of an art gallery, you may have legal options you haven’t considered.

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The holiday season can mean a spike of criminal activity. In fact, between Thanksgiving and the end of the year retail crime jumps 30%, and muggings as well as thefts and burglaries also increase.

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If you are shopping, ticking errands off of your holiday list, or just enjoying the season, it’s important to stay alert to your surroundings and to use common sense to stay safe. It’s also important to remember that property owners have an obligation to ensure that lawful visitors to their property stay safe.

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In some cases, it can be clear that a property owner was at fault in an injury case. If a property owner failed to put up signs abut renovations, for example, or failed to properly maintain their Hollywood or Florida property, plaintiffs can seek damages for injuries caused by that negligence. But what happens if your injury was caused by a third person or criminal? Do you have an inadequate security claim? How much security does a property owner have to have to show they aren’t negligent?

First, it’s important to understand what a negligent security claim is. This sort of legal action usually happens after someone is the victim of a crime, such as battery, assault, rape, mugging, or another violent crime that leads to injuries. In these cases, the injured party can pursue legal action against the perpetrator and can help police in criminal charges against the perpetrator. Plaintiffs may also have a claim against the property owner.

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Unfortunately, sexual assault on Miami campuses and in homes and public places all across Florida is all too common. According to the CDC, one in five men and one in two women will experience some type of sexual violence during their lifetime. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and there is no better time to review ways to keep ourselves safe and to help address this difficult issue.

There are many ways to make changes:

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1) Follow your instinct.

Many survivors of assault report having a sentence or a sneaking suspicion that all was not right. However, they didn’t want to be rude or to offend anyone. When it comes to personal safety, trusting your instincts is important. If you feel that someone is behaving in an odd way or may become violent, remove yourself from the situation if at all possible.

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At this time of year, many colleges have their spring breaks, and this means that students from across the country head to Florida and Miami in order to take advantage of the beaches and spring break activities available. For most students, spring break is a fun time to get away from the books and to enjoy life. Unfortunately, spring break can also lead to serious injuries.

Students can find themselves in car accidents in Miami, far from home, or can find themselves affected by mugging, theft, or sexual assault. If you or someone you love is headed for spring break, consider these safety tips to create only good memories this year:

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Driving alone is a fact of life, whether you are running errands, heading to classes, or simply going for a drive along the coast. When you don’t have passengers, however, you may be more at risk of certain crimes, such as muggings or theft when you exit or enter your car. If you are in a car accident in Miramar or your community when driving alone, you may not have someone else on hand to call for help if you are too injured to call emergency services.

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Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make driving alone a little safer:

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Now that students are back in class and settled into their school years, it’s time to focus on safety. In Gainesville, University of Florida students are concerned following attacks on four female students earlier this school year. Students living on-campus and off-campus are being told to be more aware of their surroundings and to use extra precautions.

Students who are injured in assault cases in Miami and other Florida cities may have the option to seek a legal claim against the perpetrator or the owner of the property where the attack took place. This and concern for students has made university campuses more aware of the steps that can be taken to help prevent assault and injuries. The University of Florida, for example, offers:

  • Security staff patrols, including stepped-up patrols when attacks occur
  • Walk-home programs for students
  • Educational materials emphasizing personal safety and listing local resources
  • Outreach with apartment complexes near campuses, to help keep off-campus students safe
  • Roving dorm patrols

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