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Tom Patire's Personal Protection Handbook: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Keep Yourself, Your Family, and Your Assets Safe Paperback – September 23, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (September 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400049075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400049073
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Staying Safe?It?s in Your Hands

There are countless reasons why bad things?robberies, assaults, accidents?happen to good people. There are also powerful and effective methods for reducing the risk that you or a loved one will become a victim, and you?ll find them all right here in this comprehensive bible of personal safety. Tom Patire?s Personal Protection Handbook is designed to let you become your own best defense, when something?or someone?goes wrong.

Developed by the country?s leading personal protection expert, here are hundreds of invaluable safety tips, as well as simple, physical moves that can be mastered by just about anybody, regardless of physical strength. Tom Patire offers methods for protecting yourself, your family, and your personal property in nearly any situation.

? AT HOME: Burglarproo?ng your property, including how to take action if your house is being broken into, plus tips for avoiding common household accidents
? ON THE JOB: What to do if you?re working late, why you should never ignore the office fire drill, and how to handle the threatening stranger who follows you onto the elevator
? WITH THE KIDS: Searching for a lost child, school and playground safety, protecting your child from predators, and Tom?s Family Protection Plan
? ON THE ROAD: How to react if your car is being followed, navigating airport security, traveling or walking in an unfamiliar area, and hotel safety

Here is commonsense advice on dozens of topics, ranging from physical confrontations with ?bad guys? to preventing identity theft, topped off with Tom?s easy-to-learn, nonviolent tactics, clearly illustrated. Whether you?re a single woman, a parent of young children, or just a concerned citizen at a time when everyday safety has become a necessity, Tom Patire?s Personal Protection Handbook is a vital reference from a trusted expert that will empower and inform you.

About the Author

TOM PATIRE has more than 20 years of experience in providing security to celebrities, diplomats, and corporate executives, and has trained federal law enforcement professionals in protection techniques. He is the creator of CDT® and the CDT® Family Protection Training Centers, with more than 1,000 locations around the country, as well as the Training for Life™ program and video series. His work has been profiled in dozens of media venues, from Good Morning America to the Wall Street Journal. He lives with his family in New Jersey. Visit Tom’s website at for more information.

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Customer Reviews

After reading the article I ordered Tom's book.
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All I can say it this book has made a difference in my life and I am positive it will make one in yours.
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The book was very well written and an easy read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sue Ellen on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
(...) P>I found the book to be very interesting and not boring like many safety books. Tom Patire brings a subject that many avoid to life with his interesting and lesson learned stories.
I love the Tom's Tips and the straight forward advice about martial arts, self defense and self defense weapons. Just this section alone gave me an education on what these things are really about. Another thing I learn through this book was how and why the "bad guy and bad guest" target people.
The best part of the book is when I was completed done reading it I felt good about the concept of safety, which was something I avoided for a long time.
Well the book is the next best thing to being there.
I recommend it to all people especially women!
Sue Ellen
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Safer1 on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
A family from my town in Wisconsin recently appeared on the Montel Show. Watching the show one had to feel for the terrible ordeal that the family went through during their violent home invasion. At the end of the show Montel brought out a security expert named Tom Patire. Mr. Patire's comments were for everyday people and his tone and way of speaking showed his compasion for human life and left me feeling empowered. This led me to buy his book. The book is beter than good - it is excellent. It's for all ages from teens to seniors and is filled with unlimted, priceless information on how to keep you and the people you love, safe. Montel open my eyes to what can happen and Tom Patire gave me the information on how not to let it happen or what to do if.

Montel - Great Show!

Tom Patire - Great Book!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim K. on January 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
We hired Tom Patire to speak at our annual PTA event here in Chicago. I was on the committee that sought him out after I read his book and saw him on Fox. The book is an updated look into safety and has some similarities of other books in this catergory but it is written in much different, more people friendly format.

Tom takes the approach of easing the reader into different safety issues by relating them to factual events in his life. Because of that the book reads life a story of safety and not like a book of boring statistics. I loved the Tom's Tips but really was intrigued to his child safety training since I am a single mother of two young girls.

What really hit home was how Tom talks about 'seeing from their eyes' and their being the children of the world. The book can be used in different ways. For example it can be used as a guide to safety issues like when you travel or safety at home. It can also be used as a call to urgency because safety is usually not a subject that we like to think about or address.

It gets even better should you attend Tom's talk. Tom is a big, in-shape, charismatic guy that has a empowering way of getting you involved in his lecture which he calls 'Safer Life!' From his opening statement to his closing remarks Tom's becomes the big brother that we all wish we had and presents safety with out installing fear.

I gave his book 5 stars as I did Gavin DeBecker's book. But Patire's talk is the missing piece to the safety puzzle. It's one I would recommend for all people, especially single mom's to attend.

Have A Blessed Day!

Kim K.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Terrance on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Being a single father I like many worry about my safety and my kids. I ordered the Personal Protection Handbook book about 1 week about from Amazon and just last night did I finally get a chance to read it.
The Personal Protection Handbook is about us, and for us, we the people, and the author gives it to the reader in a empowering and educational method. The books covers all the 'A,B, C,s' of safety, awareness and self protection but not in a beat them up mentality. Patire brings this book to life through well placed real life stories combined with safety checklists and outstanding Tom's Tips.
The reader is never left wondering with 'what if' scenarios but instead is drilled a positive, believable mindset of 'I can and I will!'
I have taken some martial arts in my life but I am no expert. What the Personal Protection Handbook does is, as said in the book , it " trains the brain!" I bought this book for myself, and I just order a few others for my brother and sister, because I do care about me and the ones I love and anything positive that can educate me to protect life is a needed necessity.
I have spent much money on other books that do not relate to safety but this book listed at $14.00 isn't a bargain it's a steal.
I believe in THEE almighty and I also believe in the information in THEE BOOK!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lynne McCall on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought the book after hearing Tom Patire speak at the National Headstart Association. I found his talk to be very 'eye' opening and yet he left out all the scare tactics and statistics that usually turn people off to this subject.

My husband, who is a police officer, read Tom's book and said that now his department uses it as a book of reference for their safety talks. He said that never did he see so much worthwhile material put in one book and written in a way that keeps the reader interested in being safe.

The book has many different checklists put together in an easy to read format that allows you to retain the information. That is what makes the book so good. My daughter who is in college now actually read the book in one sitting because she found it intriguing. Imagine that a teenager who finds safety intriguing!

I have since joined Tom Patire's monthly newsletter, which is free, and updates you on different aspects of safety each month. It is very good and ever month it comes right to your email box.

To sum this book up, if you are like me and you look to avoid potential dangerous situations, then this is the book for you. It is not one of those aggressive books on self defense that give you a false sense of confidence. It's as Tom says "Being Safe By Being Smart
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