Lori Fullbright, Tulsa’s News on 6 anchor and crime reporter, opened the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction 2013 Leadership Conference Thursday morning to discuss personal safety for women.

Lori Fullbright, Tulsa’s News on 6 anchor and crime reporter, opened the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction 2013 Leadership Conference Thursday morning to discuss personal safety for women.

Fullbright said it doesn’t matter where you live or what part of town you live, crime is everywhere.

She focused on how women should handle themselves if attacked or how to avoid becoming a victim.

Fullbright said she’s heard victims say either the crime happened so fast or the victim never thought it would happen to them.

Fullbright said most of the time when she interviews victims they can’t describe the criminal. She said this is something everyone should practice so they are able to describe a suspect if needed.

“You could be the only person who sees something go down and they need your description to save someone’s life,” she said.

Being aware of your surroundings is something Fullbright said could save a life.

“It’s shocking to me how many people get followed home,” she said, adding most people never know they were being followed until a crime has occurred.

One way to be aware of a follower is to always check the rearview mirror, she said.

Fullbright said there are some instances when a person can become distracted so every precaution needs to be taken. For example, she discussed that people need to lock their car doors at all time, especially when pumping gas. She added women should not leave their cars to go inside a gas station late at night. Rather, she said women need to pay at the pump and leave as soon as possible because being alone, even at a well-lit gas station, is dangerous.

Although gas stations and shopping malls are where most women at the conference guessed was the most dangerous place to be with the biggest chances of crime occurring, Fullbright said women should pay close attention while at the grocery store.

She said the number one rule for shopping with a purse is to make sure it never leaves your body.

Fullbright stressed some criminals do not look like criminals. She said criminals could be men, women and senior citizens, adding criminals will take advantage of a victim being nice.

“Criminals know what to use against us,” she said.

Fullbright said while most women are afraid of being rude when someone approaches them with a question, the number one thing people do before committing a crime is ask for directions.

“There’s a reason they picked you,” she said, adding if someone really needs help, they will ask officials like store owners or security guards.

When in a situation where someone asks for directions or any question, Fullbright advised to keep walking and say “I can’t help you.”

“It’s OK to be rude to a stranger,” she said.

Fullbright said if victims would use their gut instincts, they probably wouldn’t be victims. She said the majority of the time when she interviews victims they tell her they knew something felt wrong.

“God gave you that [instinct],” she said. “You should not ignore that.”

She said if anyone ever feels uneasy about a situation they should call 911 or have someone walk them to their car.

“We are too reluctant in this society to call 911,” she said.

Other tips Fullbright gave were to always give the criminals any property they want but to never give in if they are trying to take the person.

“They don’t see us as people,” she said. “They see us as prey.”

She said if someone is trying to kidnap, the victim should scream, yell, make noise and whatever else they can do to draw attention.

“Once they get you in that car, you’re dead,” she said, adding everyone should have some sort of plan in case they are attacked.

She said if a victim is forced into a vehicle, they should do whatever it takes to get out.

“You are better off jumping out of a moving car then going wherever he’s taking you,” she said.

Fullbright also discussed what each person should do if a stranger knocked on his or her home door. She said instead of hiding or staying quiet, citizens should make as much noise as possible and, if the criminal gets inside the house, leave and call 911.

“If you don’t personally know them, don’t open the door,” she said.

Fullbright ended her speech by handing out whistles to every woman at the conference. She said blowing a whistle will draw attention and could save lives.

Keynote speaker Mo Anderson, vice chairman of Keller Williams Realty International, spoke on six personal perspectives people need to continually work on in order to be successful.

She said Gary Keller shared the perspectives with her after researching the concept.

“He inspired me to use these six principles as a compass to guide my life both professionally and personally,” she said.

The six personal perspectives included commit to ‘self-mastery’, commit to the 80/20 principle, move from ‘E’ to ‘P’, be ‘learning based’, remove your ‘limiting beliefs’, and be accountable.

Anderson gave several examples of people who worked his or her way up in business to successful positions in companies by following the six perspectives.

“To uncover your true potential, you’re going to have to find your own limits,” she said, adding people need to move from entrepreneurial style thinking to purposeful style.

“You’re going to have to have the courage to blow past those limited ideas,” she said.

Anderson said the more you succeed, the bigger your limiting beliefs become so people should continually challenge themselves to overcome obstacles.

“When life happens, and it does, oh does it, you can either be the author of your life or the victim of life,” she said.

Anderson said people have two choices; to be accountable or unaccountable for their actions.

“Ultimately, we are all held accountable by God,” she said.

Participants at the conference had the option of attending several breakout sessions throughout the day that were categorized by personal, professional and potpourri categories.

In the personal category, Dr. Chris Waddell, of Waddell Family Chiropractic, spoke on how to thrive instead of survive, Valarie Carter and Tiffany Poe, chefs and journalists for Busy Kitchen, spoke on meal preparation for the busy family, and Sue Harris, motivational speaker and consultant, spoke on living the dash.

In the professional category, Sue Nelson, vice president of Vision Bank, spoke on how to take a business to new heights through marketing practices, Lauren Daughety, vice president of Vann & Associates, spoke on how to build your business buzz, and Linda Brown, vice president of St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, spoke on how to step up and out in business.

In the potpourri category, Tammy Pinkston, founder and lead instructor of Oklahoma Personal Defense Academy for Women, spoke about self-defense, Katie Erickson, certified color consultant, spoke about the power of color and design, and Ethan Rieves, of the Shawnee Police Department, spoke about how to protect a cyber footprint.