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Mom's self defense
Reported by: Kelley Dunn
Photographer: Jim Sitton
Last Update: 12:45 pm
The murders at the Town Center Mall in Boca Raton have
made many women nervous about shopping alone especially if they have
a child with them.
Self-defense expert Rick Seid says, "It's a very
difficult situation when we're focused on our most precious things--our
children--what's most important is awareness."
Rick says moms who are walking to their car in a parking
lot...should put their back to the car door and the stroller in front
This, he says, will put the parents in a position of
power and enable you to see all around you.
Rick Seid says, "It makes it a problem for them
to get you from behind. I know the child is here but the stroller is
the buffer...you can see all around you and slow him down a bit."
But Rick reminds us not to give an attacker easy access
to the rest of the car.
"When you open the doors with the clicker--at this
point when you have this door open--shut them all--lock them down so
one door is open."
Rick teaches parents that instead of leaning in... to
put their child in the car seat---actually get inside the car.
"I know it's hard in the Florida heat but get inside
and pull the door shut. It's only for a minute. Leave the stroller here.
Once the baby is safely put into the car seat, that's when you're most
distracted, then come out and put it where you place it."
Being aware can't prevent every attack--so if you do
come face to face...Rick recommends to:
" Fake compliance --give them the idea, to get
their guard down, that you will go along with whatever they wish--and
the moment their guard is down it gives you the opportunity to attack
If you don't feel you're strong enough to fight off
someone...then Rick says--hide some sort of a weapon in the stroller.
"One is a PVC pipe...or a horse crop--it's easy
to work with and there's nub on the end so even if I grab her--she can
jam it into my neck. And then fight me off and attack at this point."
Tactics which can buy a mother some time---attract attention---and
hopefully scare off an attacker.
"The goal here simply put is to get home safely. Do whatever you
need--whether it's prevention or defending---to get yourself home safely.
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Women's fighting chance
Reported by: Kelley Dunn
Last Update: 5/10 7:55 am
Grocery shopping is a weekly chore for most women, including
But loading your groceries into the truck or the back
of an SUV is the wrong way to load your groceries.
So says self-defense expert, Rick Seid.
Rick Said says, “When we're loading our groceries
into the back of an SUV or in the truck we're blocking our scope of
vision we have for someone coming up on us. You didn't see me until
I was right up on you...not at all...exactly."
Rick says putting groceries in the back seat is much
Here's why: “First of all open your door and bring
the cart up. We're fortunate we have a car next to us that acts like
a buffer. I can see all angles. So it's going to be more difficult for
someone to sneak up on me. If they are successful in getting past--either
I can jump in the car or I have this cart as a buffer."
One of Rick's many techniques meant to buy you a little more time.
Rick says, "When you're walking with your purse--how
do you carry it?
Kelley Dunn says, "I carry it over my shoulder."
Wrong again--if you're alone.
Rick Seid says, “They can grab it...pull it...even
use it to choke you."
Rick says carrying it under your arm is better--and
allows you to be ready to act.
"I'm going to have you throw the purse not at my body but at my
face. We need to teach them how to stun and run. One of the best tactics
I want women to use is the hairline area using a head butt. You can
hit the tender targets. Mark Astor will demonstrate: if I were approaching
you and I'll do whatever you want me to do boom! There’s a good
chance he's going down."
One of Rick's secret weapons may surprise you: it's
a pencil. "You break off the eraser tip and sharpen both ends of
You can keep it a pocket--in your purse--even travel
on a plane with it.
Rick says, "So if I grab you and try to pull you
into a waiting vehicle--you've got a pencil in hand--nice, the first
shot come back and maybe to my eye…my hand. If the target's this
way you start to turn in front, exactly, use it in a variety of angles
to attack the vulnerable tender spots."
Rick says you don't have to be a martial arts expert to defend yourself--it's
about having a plan...and being willing to do whatever it takes.
"If it means biting, digging into someone's eyes,
if it means causing whatever damage you need to---throw out all sense
of decency to get your self free and home to your family safely."
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WHAT I WANT YOU TO GET FROM THIS
Let’s start with this understanding between us.
The information provided today is to make you think, be aware and develop
a plan in order to respond without hesitation in a chaotic situation.
Knowledge is power and I want you to be empowered. There is no intent
in having you walk around paranoid or scared to leave your house. The
good news is, that based on percentages and shear numbers, your chance
of being accosted are REAL, BUT minimal. So rest easy, practice these
tactics and have fun learning, training and sharing this important information.
It is great fun, empowering and the right thing to do!!
Being in the middle of a violent encounter is the wrong time to realize
that you don’t know what to do!!!
It is said, 90% of the attacks on women are by people
known to them. I don’t know if this is factual or not. To me and
you, statistics don’t mean a thing if we are the one in the middle
of a violent attack. This book is to provide you with the knowledge
and responses to recognize, avoid or defend against those that would
cause you harm.
Fighting Spirit- We must prepare ourselves to throw
aside all sense of decency and respond fiercely, without hesitation
once you commit to defending yourself. Somewhere in this world today,
someone has defended themselves successfully without ever taking a self
defense course, but purely by bringing out their fighting spirit and
willingness to survive and fight back.
Fight or give in- YOU must make this decision, but it
is my strong belief that a proactive response or willingness to fight
back will increase your chances for survival dramatically. Statistics
(here is that word again) back this up. Additionally I want to drive
this point home… if you do nothing, you give the power to your
attacker to decide and dictate your fate.
SO as to send you on with a clear message,
Work from this premise: Criminals know NO BOUNDARIES. What starts out
with a small request of compliance can turn quickly to tragedy. I have
often been asked if it is better to give in if the attacker promises
not to hurt you. We have all heard of or know of stories where the criminal
has left their victim without harming them. But my question is this.
Are you willing to trust the word of someone violating or threatening
your safety? So I say this, if it means turning over property or valuables
that can be replaced, do so. BUT… the moment you believe your
personal safety or well being is at risk, look for the first opportunity
to escape or attack and don’t stop until you get yourself to a
Realistic – There is an exception to every rule,
but size and strength are facts we can’t ignore. It is silly to
believe that a smaller woman is going to out-slug a man intent on causing
her harm. Our tactics in this book and on this DVD are geared to give
you an upper hand to “Stun and Run”. Get to a safe zone,
escape the danger, deploy or pick up something that could be used as
a weapon to cause great harm to the attacker.
Motivation -- Fighting Spirit
& Guts --- Anything goes a MUST
There is no other way for me to put this but bluntly. In a life or death
situation you MUST be prepared mentally to do all that is necessary
to avoid or survive a brutal or life threatening attack. You must be
willing to hurt, maim, incapacitate or in the worst case understand
that your violent response may even terminate the criminal that wants
to put your life or the life of a loved one at risk. You must be willing
to bite, rip, tear, eye gouge, slice, stick, stab, break, etc. to get
away. I know we all strive to be polite and courteous and that is a
good thing. But when the line is crossed, unless you can verbally turn
away an attack or escape prior to an attack, your violent and ferocious
response if what will give you the fighting chance to save your life.
*****I must, as a responsible person tell you that I am referring to
a life threatening situation. If someone just wants your possessions,
car or money, give it to them. Again, these items are replaceable. Your
judgment to attack must be used responsibly.
other than Use you head and be smart. Use common sense to recognize
or avoid potential problems in the first place. Turn on TV or pick up
a newspaper and many of the attacks or disappearances of women are due
to bad choices. Drinking, jogging in isolated areas, staying in abusive
relationships or not seeing the warning signs. There are numerous and
obvious situations to avoid. Street gang staring you down as you approach,
being called over to a car for directions are a couple of examples.
Be smart. Use your head for something a place to put a hat.
key here is recognizing and avoiding danger at the earliest opportunity.
How many times have you driven to a location, got there without really
remembering the ride. It is almost like you navigated on auto pilot.
Perhaps you were talking to someone or in deep thought. Either way your
attention was diverted. Whereas our approach is a proactive response
to contact situation, we would much rather it never reach that point.
Most crime victims will report to the police that something
didn’t feel right. Their instincts (gut feelings) told them something
felt wrong. We all have a sort of radar that sets off a warning that
danger is near.
· Walk confident with your head up and shoulders
straight. Get away quickly from anyone or anything that may look suspicious.
Such as an open side door on a van with someone standing nearby as an
· Walk in open areas where others are. Avoid walking between
cars or unfamiliar alleys or routes.
GO WITH GUT FEELINGS.
· Remember or write down details regarding any situation that
is suspicious or actual. Such as somebody lurking, following or creating
some type of interaction.
Use your antennas to guide your actions. If wrong. it is better to err
on the side of safety.
Right to Respond- everyone has the right and obligation
to defend themselves. We are all taught as children to keep our hands
to ourselves. Don’t hit, etc.
These are proper messages, but should not stand alone. It is imperative
that you understand and adopt the premise that you not only have the
right to defend yourself, but you have the obligation to yourself and
your family to defend yourself.
Other important response tips:
· If encountered, take a deep breath to calm down.
· ANYTHING GOES. Whatever you can get your hands on can be used
to defend yourself or others.
· PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE Fighting Chance tactics so that
they will come easily to you in a time that would be very chaotic and
ESCAPE --- FIGHTING SPIRIT – FIGHTING SPIRIT
– FIGHTING SPIRIT
NEVER stop fighting to look for an opportunity to get away. Use all
Fighting tactics such as yelling, running, striking, car escapes or
whatever tactic may be called for in the stage of abduction, sexual
or physical assault. Immediately get to a safe zone or where people
are to tell someone or engage a bystander for help.
Everyone has the right to rescue themselves!!!
Good News & Faking Compliance to set up attack
Size advantage for women - A huge advantage a woman has over a man is
to fake compliance in order to set up a surprise attack. This will get
the guard down enabling to stun and run. Explosive non stop attacks
to varying targets will be necessary to open up other targets for further
attack or escape routes.
a. even a soft soothing touch to the attackers arm, hand or elbow may
be used to get them to lower their guard to set up your vicious attack.
b. Once it is go time, don’t let up until you can get away.
Compliance Stance for quick attack with all your weapons
STUN AND RUN
Look for those opportunities created either by you or the criminal to
attack. I know there are exceptions, but percentages are not in the
favor of a woman out slugging a man in a prolonged fight.
ATTACK, STUN & GET AWAY QUICKLY.
VOICE ,VERBAGE and NOISE
Yelling / screaming is a most valuable weapon. This alone may be enough
to force a predator to flee the scene. EVEN IF THIS PERSON IS FAMILIAR.
Any noise or commotion should be used to attract attention. Breaking
of objects in a store, the shattering of a window or other breakables
as examples. Even a whistle is an attention getter.
I say it is very important to KISS. I know you are a bit confused me
saying this. That’s right I want you to KISS. Keep In
I am not saying you need to be a fashion model, but I am saying you
need to build your stamina, regardless of your size and weight. Understand,
just because the attacker is a bad guy doesn’t mean he is in great
shape. Your ability to outlast the bad guy in the fight, if you have
trouble getting loose will give you opportunity to get away from their
exhausted grip. Plus, your stamina to outrun the attacker could mean
your survival. Get in a high energy exercise training program that will
build your stamina or buy the Fighting Chance Tactical Workout DVD for
home exercise program at www.fightingchanceprograms.com
You can give a criminal tremendous opportunity to attack you. Although
this falls in the Common Sense section, this point needs to be driven
home. Sitting in your car reading, talking on the cell phone or putting
on make up with the doors unlocked can put you right in the bullseye
of an attacker. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can happen,
but putting yourself in isolated areas is like sending up a flare for
someone wanting to harm you. You get the point I am sure. More food
for thought can be found in the Tips section of this book.
I believe that responsible Americans have the right to carry a gun to
protect themselves. That said, I don’t intend to debate the gun
control issue. That is for you to decide morally or politically. If
you choose to get a gun permit, concealed weapon license, or keep one
in your home, do so legally, according to the law.
· Go to a reputable instructor to learn what gun is logical for
you. Learn also the capabilities of the gun you purchase.
· Make sure you visit the range regularly to become comfortable
with the weapon and alleviate your fears of handling or shooting your
· Do not make it known that you own or carry a weapon unless
you are encountering a police officer in a traffic stop or chaotic situation.
· Take all defensive shooting classes available to you.
· Keep it out of the hands of young children or locked at the
right times. But make sure it is easy to access if needed. Owning or
carrying a weapon is a major responsibility.
Responsible people MUST do the
Easy to deploy and extremely dangerous. Even a knife in the hands of
a nine year old looping it quickly in a figure eight manner is quite
threatening and dangerous. Whereas I do teach offensive knife tactics,
it is only to those people I know for awhile and have checked out. I
will say this, in a life or death situation a sharp edged weapon is
a good thing for you to have. Take from that what you may. Knowing this,
you must look at and watch the knife defense sections and lessons in
this book and the Women’s Fighting Chance DVD.
Pepper sprays can be tough to deploy in a hurry and from test results
I have read, not always effective in their potency. Plus if the attacker
is wearing a mask, you may feel the effects of the spray before the
attacker. I am not going to say that this is not a good item, I would
make sure to have a back up plan as well.
The pencil is a great weapon. Break off the eraser and sharpen both
ends. Once you grab it in the middle of your fist you have a weapon
that can stab and rip in all directions. Also the beauty is that if
the point breaks while stabbing, it still has shards that can be just
Grocery Stores and Shopping Malls
These are two hotbed locations that predators can operate effectively.
You must be vigil and cautious when going to or leaving from your car.
· Park in lighted areas of the lot.
· Look for anyone that seems to be lurking or suspicious and
get away. Seek out a security guard or a store employee to walk you
to your car.
· Be prepared to use whatever you are carrying as a weapon or
obstacle to get away.
· Wear appropriate shoes to run in. Keep a pair of flats or sneakers
in your car or at work to change into. Leave your high heels in the
car, at your office or at home. If you are wearing high heels take or
kick them off quickly to run or use to strike.
· Look between cars and scan under cars for hiding feet.
· Scan under and inside your car before entering. Carry a small
flashlight for nighttime. Criminals have been known to hide in these
If alone, place your items in the back seat. This solves
a couple of problems.
a. If you place your items in the trunk you dramatically limit your
scope of vision allowing someone to approach from the front or rear.
You will have no time to prepare and you will be caught totally off
b. When putting your purchases in the back seat, you not only have better
vision of the surroundings, but if thrown into the vehicle (we saw this
in a high profile case in Kansas at a Target parking lot) you now have
numerous items to use as improvised weapons objects to aid your escape.
***Shopping carts can be used as obstacles. If attacked
use a shopping cart to buffer their path to you. Do the best you can
to keep it between you and the attacker as you scream or deploy an item
to attack with. (One thought is to have a small canned good in a grocery
bag to swing at the attacker.)
Car Break Down on the Road
This can be a frightening experience for anyone. Should you be traveling
and your car breaks down on a desolate highway or busy freeway the following
safety tips should be utilized:
· Immediately call whatever auto assistance you have, plus 911
on your cell phone (make sure your cell phone is always fully charged)
to report your trouble and location and request police to show up. Tell
them you are afraid for your safety.
· Remove your valuables and take any items you can use to swing
or stab with.
· DO NOT stay with the vehicle. (Staying with the vehicle makes
you a nice target for those up to no good.)
· If you are in a busy area, go up the embankment safely to a
well lit busy location. If you are on a desolate road or highway, go
from the vehicle to a spot you could hide behind, such as bushes or
another good hiding place, where you can see your vehicle. Do not go
to the car until the police or auto assistance show up.
TELL BOTH (POLICE & AUTO ASSISTANCE) ON YOUR INITIAL CALL THAT YOU
WILL NOT BE AT THE VEHICLE UNTIL THEY SHOW UP!!!
Good Samaritans that stop to help. Let distance be your
If you are still at the vehicle and someone stops to help, maintain
distance or even stay on the other side of the vehicle.
In an assertive voice tell them:
“Thank you for stopping, I really appreciate it, but I am nervous
here and armed. Please go away… the police have been called and
will be here to help in a moment.”
If their intentions are good they will understand. If
their intentions are NOT good, now you at least have some distance between
you to prepare to defend yourself with whatever means are available
to you. If you have a carry permit prepare to use your lessons from
your firearm training for encounters. This day and age we need to be
ready and prepared for the wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Followed or Stalked
Being followed on foot. Lets assume you sense you are being followed.
Turn and confront the predator immediately by forcefully saying,
“Are you following me?”
Like the cockroach runs from the light, so too most criminals in this
situation will turn and leave so not be seen by witnesses. For the brazen
creep that keeps on coming, it is better to confront them 15 feet or
more away than wait until they are right on top of you. Now you can
run or use other available Fighting Chance tactics.
If wrong it is better to be embarrassed and err in the
favor of personal safety.
Being followed in a car.
If you are not sure, make 3 right hand turns. If the car is still behind
you there is a good chance you are being followed.
a. Make sure your doors are locked.
b. Drive to a police station or fire station.
c. Call 911 if you have a cell phone
d. Stay in traffic areas
Social Life and Parties
This day and age we find so many outlets and situations we didn’t
face years ago. I am not here to judge others, nor am I a sociologist.
Everything, I believe comes down to choices. You don’t need me
to tell you right from wrong. What some of you need me to tell you is
not to cross the line of good reason. For example, drinking and drugs
will cause you to make unclear decisions. Decisions that may give you
your 15 minutes of fame in the news as a casualty. Leaving a party with
someone you just met, is probably not the wisest choice to make either.
Live and have fun, but again, have a plan and be smart.
As stated earlier, I strongly urge you to Keep In Super Shape. Jogging
or running is the favored method of many. No problem.
a. Don’t run or jog alone or run where other people are and can
b. Change your route frequently and alter the times you jog if possible
c. Jog in open areas where an attacker can’t hide behind trees
d. Carry an item you can use as a weapon
e. Carry a whistle or loud noisemaker to blow to attract attention
f. If chased, run in a zig-zag manner between trees or other objects
g. If you must wear headphones keep one ear free to alert you to noise
Body language – how you carry yourself may make
you a target. Predators do not attack a target just as the mood strikes
them. They select and attack their prey as they see an opportunity.
They will move on those that appear weak, distracted, and an easy target.
Much like the lion will attack the weakest of the herd. Standing tall
and strong with a confident stride may be all that is necessary to make
someone else a predator’s choice. Criminals will act on premeditation,
or stalk their victims ahead of time before attacking. If you show that
you are familiar with your surroundings, walk with confidence, and give
off the impression of strength, a criminal may not want to work or fight
you. Keeping your guard up is the best defensive weapon when it comes
OTHER IDEAS AND SCENARIOS
I had seen a TV show where the so called “expert” said to
drop into the corner and ball up if accosted in the elevator. Logically,
this would frustrate the attacker and provide the ability and motive
to kick, punch or slam you without much threat of a fight or response.
If your choice is to become a human punching bag, then that is a viable
strategy. I totally disagree and believe again that you must take the
fight to the attacker. Scream and yell as you fight back. Your commotion
and screams will be heard throughout the elevator shaft. Also, have
a pencil or other improvised weapon in your hand for protection. If
you are carrying items.. use them to buffer or to attack. Be ready for
· Stand next to the control panel so that you have access to
emergency buttons and phone.
· If uncomfortable with someone that gets in the elevator with
you …get out on the next floor. Be ready if they try to stop your
· Don’t get into an elevator if you have any doubts about
the person(s) inside.
Improvised Weapons - Almost anything can become a weapon to hurt, maim
or kill someone if you have the knowledge, motivation and guts to do
it. I am going to get graphic here, but even a thin magazine can be
tightly rolled into a cone shape to jab deep into a bad guy’s
eye. That will wreck someone’s day for sure. A credit card that
you break in half can be a very sharp tool. Obviously I am referring
to life and death situations. A viable weapon such as a knife or stick
can be used to keep someone at bay or if necessary to save your life.
Here are some items that can be used.
Jewelry- Can be used as weapons to stick, rake or puncture skin or eyes.
But it can also be an advertisement that you have money or just make
you a target of the person that has robbery in mind. It confronted give
them what they want. If someone grabs or rips a necklace off your neck
let them run away. These are replaceable items. My feelings are to wear
as little jewelry as possible to avoid the thief. It isn’t a far
leap from robbery…. to robbery and assault / murder. You must
use that radar and judgment to recognize that fine line when robbery
turns into your safety being threatened and be prepared to spring into
a vicious proactive attack.
Cell Phone – The Cell phone is and has become a great communication
tool. If your phone still is one that has the small antenna, it may
be used as a striking point to the attackers temple or other tender
area. If you have opportunity in a hostile situation try to conceal
your phone to be able to relay information to the outside world.
· Program in emergency numbers to the speed dial
of cell phones and home phones. If walking or in a vehicle have the
cell phone readily available for quick use.
· If in an abductor’s vehicle or as try to secretly dial
911, hide the phone out of sight and speak in a way the operator knows
you are in trouble. Give clues. “Why are you abducting me? Why
are we going to _______________ street and _______________ street or
name a familiar location."
STD – A ruse that may give
you opportunity to attack or maybe even send the assailant running is
telling them you have a sexually transmitted disease. Again this may
or may not fly, but in the moment they are listening to you, an opportunity
to strike and run may present itself.
ADDITIONAL COMMON SENSE & AWARENESS TIPS
1. Be careful displaying any information that can be seen by a bystander.
Example: Standing in line at the post office, someone peering at your
2. Be selective when you give out information about yourself or your
3. Get caller ID.
4. If you can afford it, there are some relatively inexpensive security
cameras that you can access on your TV or computer. Place strategically
inside and outside your home.
5. If you live on the second floor or higher plan escape routes. Flexible
fire ladders and ropes can quickly deploy from a window to escape.
6. Keep items off your window sills that would indicate it is your bedroom.
7. If you leave your home for any reason or even down the street or
hallway…Close and lock all doors and windows.
8. When you go on vacation, let a friend know when you plan to return
so someone is aware if you are missing.
9. Keep bushes and shrubbery nice but not too overgrown so no one can
hide in or behind them.
10. Put reliable and tested locks on windows and doors.
11. Do not put a note on your door telling of your whereabouts or your
12. Have your mail held at the post office and put a stop on your newspaper
delivery if going out of town.
13. Light the surrounding areas around and inside your home. Use timers
14. When returning home, If you think someone may have gone inside or
is inside - do not enter. Go to a neighbor’s house and call the
15. Do not allow a stranger or even someone you vaguely know in the
house to use the phone, regardless of the emergency. Tell them you will
make the call for them.
16. If you hear noises outside call the police and your neighbors.
17. Keep drapes, curtains and shades down at night.
18. Beware of surprise visitors. Many predators and rapists plan the
time of the attack and are known to their victims.
19. Ask for identification of any utility, security, police or service
person before opening the door. Call to verify. Even if police, you
can call 911 to ask if the officer should be at your home. You also
can request another officer to come right away.
20. When home alone, have packages or boxes left outside. If signature
is required, have the slip slid under the door. Do not open the door
unless you know the delivery person.
21. Do not spend unnecessary time alone in apartment laundry rooms.
22. If you are considering a burglar alarm, check with the police department
on home security.
23. Leave spare keys with neighbors rather than hidden around the outside
of your house.
AWARENESS IN YOUR CAR
1. As you walk on your way to your car, look underneath and inside your
car. Carry a small flashlight for checking at night.
2. Keep all valuables out of sight to anyone outside the vehicle.
3. If your car breaks down, call police, friend or auto service and
wait in a safe place away from the vehicle but where you have visibility.
4. When calling for a tow truck ask what towing company will be showing
5. Buy a Kit with a flare and need help sign in case of breakdown or
emergency. Keep a cell phone charged and in your car.
6. Keep your gas tank between half and full.
7. If you have to pull over on the street, try to pull over close to
something that is open 24 hours.
8. If someone signals from another car that something is wrong with
your car, drive to the nearest service station. Do not stop to check
your car until the other car has driven away.
9. Park in well lit areas.
10. Always lock your car when you leave it, even if you are planning
to be gone only a short time.
11. If a van has parked next to your car, assess the situation closely.
Vans are frequently used for abduction. Go get a guard or exit the situation
if someone is lurking in the van or standing next to it.
12. Keep your doors locked and windows up when driving. Keep distance
between you and the car in front of you when stopped so if you need
to drive off quickly. Keep your car in drive at stop lights.
13. The middle lane is best to drive in when you will be stopping in
traffic. Anyone approaching your car can be seen by others.
14. If you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station or
open business. Keep your doors locked and honk your horn repeatedly
until you attract attention. DO NOT DRIVE HOME.
15. Never leave keys to your home with car keys when your car is left
in a parking lot or at a service station.
16. Do not pick up a hitchhiker, male or female.
17. Car pools whenever possible.
18. If you are stopped at an intersection or anywhere else, and you
notice someone unfamiliar approaching, honk the horn to attract attention
and maneuver out of there as quickly and safely as possible.
19. If anyone demands your car from you, cooperate. If a child is in
the car say “take the car but I need to get my child out”.
20. Keep improvised weapons with you or in the vehicle.
AWARENESS ON THE PHONE
1. Keep emergency phone numbers programmed into your phone.
2. Keep your cell phone handy even in your home. Telephone wires can
3. When receiving a call that you are unsure of, say you are busy that
moment and ask for their number so you can call them back shortly. If
they refuse, get off the call and write it down.
4. Get caller ID or another call identification service.
5. Use only your initials if you list your name in the phone book.
6. Do not put your name on the out-going answering message or service.
Your number will do.
7. Hang up on obscene calls immediately. If they call back say you are
calling the phone company to trace the calls.
8. Limit information to those you do not know or trust. Such as if you
live alone or where you work.
9. If you receive a wrong number call. Do not offer your name or your
phone number. Just verify the wrong number and get off the call.
OUT AND ABOUT
1. Be assertive in your walk, using a firm, steady pace. A passive or
fearful walk gives an image of vulnerability and sets you up as the
easy target the assailant needs.
2. Avoid walking through groups of men or even groups of women or mixed
groups that seem rowdy.
3. Plan your route in advance. Walk in well traveled areas. Avoid bushes,
alleys, vacant lots, entryways and short cuts through deserted places.
Vary your route home.
4. If you think you are being followed, cross the street, change directions,
and keep looking behind you so it is obvious that you are aware. Take
note of their appearance or any descriptions you may be able to give
to the police. If you are being followed by a car, memorize the license
number, run to the nearest business and call the police.
5. Keep a secure grip on your purse. Do not allow it to dangle. Keep
fasteners and zippers closed and any openings close to your body. However,
if threatened by a demand for your purse, do not choose your purse over
your own safety.
6. Do not allow force or threats to get you into a car. Keep your hands
free whenever possible.
7. If you are waiting outside, stand balanced on both feet. Do not put
your hands in your pockets. Be aware of cars that pull up to you or
that pass you repeatedly.
8. If a driver asks directions, do not get close to the car.
9. Do not accept rides from strangers.
10. When using public transportation, sit toward the front of the bus
or in busy subway trains and be aware of the people getting off with
11. NEVER HITCHHIKE!
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