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Posted on: March 12, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Protecting Yourself Against A Violent Intruder

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: March 12, 2013

With the number of violent aggression tragedies that have occurred across our country, the Westmont Police Department will be hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Westmont High School Auditorium, 909 Oakwood Drive to address the topic: PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST A VIOLENT INTRUDER. Citizens will have the opportunity to learn and discuss strategies to protect themselves in these types of dangerous encounters.

Although these incidents are truly rare, a violent encounter or an incident involving gun violence can occur anywhere at anytime and survival may be dependent on one’s quick response to the situation. The Westmont Police Department will present several tactics to employ if confronted with an armed intruder or if you find yourself at a location where a shooting or a violent encounter is occurring. The most important element to survival is your mental preparation. If you have already thought about what you would do if confronted by a violent intruder, then your chances of survival are greatly enhanced.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin will also be a presenter at this meeting. States Attorney Berlin and the Westmont Police Department will talk about recent shooting cases and how these simple tactics can increase your chances to survive. Mental preparation, whether at your home, school or a public place, is the first step. The ability to disrupt a violent intruder’s mindset through sensory overload will add to the options you have if confronted face to face with a violent intruder.

The Westmont Police Department invites you to attend and participate in this important conversation. Citizens will have a chance to discuss and ask questions regarding life-threatening situations. If you have questions regarding this community meeting, contact Sergeant Jim Schlicher at or 630-981-6366.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Media Relations Coordinator

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