Safety Tips Following Dunlap Murder

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The murder of Cheryl Dunlap gets more unclear as unanswered questions surround her death. Did the killer pretend to help Cheryl? It burdens people like those shopping for their loved ones alone. Alone, as many believe Cheryl was when she went missing.
One woman recalls an experience long before Cheryl Dunlap.

Kerri Kelly from Thomasville said, "In a shopping mall parking lot, waving hi to someone just being friendly and the car circled me a couple times and I had to call the cops. Cause he was still there when I got out of my car and went into work."

Tallahassee Police Department says these instances can happen when it is least expected.

Officer Dave McCranie with Tallahassee Police Department said, "If you are not focused, if you are not looking for the suspect, they're looking for you. Don't become a victim, don't look like a victim."

Tallahassee Police Department offers some tips for when you are out and about. Always tell somebody where you are going. If something happens, they'll know where to look. Always have your keys out when you are leaving somewhere and watch your back. If you are stranded with your car, stay in your car.

And there are a few things you can carry with you: fix a flat, an extra cell phone battery or car charger, a personal alarm, and even mace, if you choose.

Officer McCranie also mentioned a car battery charger is a good thing to own. It plugs into a cigarette lighter. TPD says it will charge your car battery in ten minutes. That might be something to look for as well.


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  • by someone Location: somewhere on Dec 21, 2007 at 07:46 AM
    police states are easy to manage. inject fear into the people and let them believe the govt will protect them. if you look on the streets, you will see no people. it is working, even without a curfew.
  • by kathy Location: tally on Dec 21, 2007 at 05:56 AM
    Go MAX you are right on! BUT it's always good to know the threats that are nearby. I have found that a DOG - any DOG - in the vehicle is a huge deterrent to folks wanting to get close.
  • by Mary Ann Location: Tallahassee on Dec 21, 2007 at 04:02 AM
    When I was in Panama City, I took a class in self defense, and one of the things I was told was be conscious of things you have with you that can be used to protect yourself... such as your keys. If you place the door or ignition key in your hand as if you were unlocking the door, you then place the other keys one between each of your other fingers. Not only can you get into your car but if someone attackes you, use the keys and your fist to deter the attacker - keys do not feel comfortable if punched in your face or scrapped across the face or arm or neck or jabbed in other sensitive areas. You can have the other things but if you can't get to them they won't help. Keys are something everyone is carrying with them especially coming out from shopping. Stay safe and try not to let this "being" ruin Christmas. Cheryl was so full of Love and so should be Christmas.
  • by Max on Dec 20, 2007 at 09:44 PM
    dont forget to watch out for terrorists, dirty bombs, anthrax, suspicious packages, muslims, mormons, people talking to themselves, strangers looking at you in the post office, someone who cuts you off in traffic,life, your childs toys.. better yet.. just be very afraid of everything.... give up all your rights for a police state, hide indoors under the covers.
  • by LEKESHA MILLER Location: THOMASVILLE on Dec 20, 2007 at 09:09 PM
    I AM SO SORRY WHAT HAPPEN TO MRS. DUNLAP. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GOES OUT TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I HOPE THAT HER ATTACKER IS CATCH AND PUNISH TO THE FULLEST.
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