INBA board member Margaret Larkin recently interviewed Doug Cummings about his recently updated personal safety handbook — “Escaping the O-Zone.” As Cummings explains on his website, escapingtheo-zone.com, the title of the book refers to a person’s “Oblivious Zone,” “the place where we’re stuck in our heads and really aren’t paying attention to much except what’s immediately in front of us and probably not looking very hard at that. It’s the place where one minute we can be having a very fine day…and the next have our whole life turned upside down … or worse. The O-Zone is where predators find their prey.”
Cummings — a resident of Highland Park, where a mass shooting happened during last year’s Independence Day parade — was a reporter for more than 30 years, covering crimes, accidents, etc., and he has been in a security expert and supervisor for several years. All proceeds of his book go to the Highland Park Community Foundation.