Escalating crime rates have made us all safety-conscious--Lipman recommends precaution and prevention against burglars, rapists and other interlopers and in general tries to dissuade victims from physically attacking their assailants. For securing the home the square-faced dead bolt (""nothing superior in principle is really possible"") is touted most highly; chain locks ""are not too effective"" and doors must fit their frames snugly. Alarm systems in the home are a good idea; attack dogs and firearms are not. Lipson also covers in hurry-up fashion such natural disasters as fire, electric shock and riot. And there's a special chapter devoted to the special risk incurred by the very well-heeled--what to do if you or a member of your family is kidnapped. Much of the advice is no more than commonsensical: don't open doors to unidentified strangers; when walking on a dark street avoid the curb. Still there's a good deal of useful information re things like lost keys, credit cards, con men and obscene phone calls, ""repairmen,"" indoor and outdoor lighting, securing your car and safety-proofing the house for toddlers, teenagers and the elderly. Moderately useful, since there have been others and others.