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Free Self-Defense Classes for Women and Teenagers at UT Austin

In the last 2 years, Austin police have investigated several attacks on women who were running on or near popular Austin hike-and-bike trails close to downtown. Unfortunately, those types of attacks can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department is offering a free 12-hour basic physical defense class to provide women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. Read on for details.
By Birgit Sund on October 2, 2018

Look Before You Lock - Keeping Kids Safe in Hot Cars


Yay for warmer temperatures, but here's something to always keep in mind: even a cool spring or fall day isn’t safe for leaving a child inside a car. 

In 2016, Texas led the nation in the number of hot car infant deaths. 

This alarming trend has gone surprisingly unabated. Since 1990, over 600 children have died from overheating in a car. Yet it took Congress until June 2017 to introduce the Hot Cars Act that would require all cars to have back seat child detection technology. 

Until the bill is passed, the best we can do is to educate ourselves so our children don’t become one of the statistics. Here are some things to keep in mind as the temperature climbs toward the sweltering heat of summer.
By Birgit Sund on February 27, 2018

Free Baby Boxes For Expecting Parents in Austin

Have you read BBC's famous article Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes? If not, here's a brief summary: 
For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the government. The maternity package contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, baby bathing products, as well as diapers, bedding, and a small mattress. The cardboard box itself serves as baby's first bed and doubles as a crib. 

Did you know that all expectant and new parents with infants 3 months of age or younger in Texas are eligible to receive a free Baby Box? Read on for details.

By Birgit Sund on November 6, 2017

How and Where to Recycle Used Car Seats in Austin

STOP! Before you throw out that car seat, please read the below. 

If your child has just outgrown his or her car seat or if you have a car seat collecting dust in your garage or attic, consider the following options before filling our already jam-packed landfills.

1. Reuse - only an option if the car seat is not damaged and has not expired.
2. Sell, trade, or give away - only an option if the car seat is not damaged and has not expired.
3. Recycle - an option if the car seat is damaged or has expired.

Before we show you ways to recycle your car seat, here are some car seat guidelines. Read on.

By Birgit Sund on October 16, 2017

Stay Safe Completing Internet Purchase Transactions Using Austin Safety Exchange Zones



Do you buy and sell items online on Facebook groups or sites like Craigslist, OfferUp or letgo? If so, have you ever heard or made use of "Safety Exchange Zones" many police stations have created to keep you safe during your transaction?

The idea of the "Safe Exchange Zone" is to provide a place where people can safely complete internet purchases and to cut down on potential fraud, theft, robberies, or violence that can be associated with these types of transactions.

Here's a list of Safety Exchange Zones in and around Austin.

By Birgit Sund on March 29, 2017

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