Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What women should know to stay safe

While cleaning out a desk drawer, I ran across the following and thought I would share it here. I had printed it out a few years ago, I don't remember where it came from. I can't vouch for the accuracies of any of it, but it all seems to be common sense. Let's hope we never need to know any of this, but just in case...

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it on a predator, do!

2. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, don't hand it to him. Toss it away from you. He is probably more interested in it than you, and he will go for it. When he does, run like mad in the opposite direction!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you but everybody else will.

4. When you get in your car after shopping etc., immediately lock the car and leave. Many women will sit for a few minutes making a list, applying make-up or whatever. This gives a predator the perfect opportunity to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your head and tell you where to go.

5. Before you get in your car, look inside it, including the back seat and floor.

6. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Many serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. Better yet, go back to a public place and wait till the van leaves, or ask a security guard to walk you to your car.

7. Look at the cars around yours. If there is a male sitting alone,  you may want to walk back to a public place. Better safe than sorry.

8. Take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are the perfect crime spot.

9. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, RUN. The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. RUN!

10. Women tend to be sympathetic, which can be dangerous. Ted Bundy, the serial killer was good looking and well educated. He played on the sympathies of women by walking with a cane or limp. He often asked for help into his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

11. On a similar note, if you hear a crying baby on your porch, do not open the door. It could be a recording meant to lure a woman out on the porch, where the predator can grab her. If you hear something outside, call the police and let them investigate.

I have condensed this from the original version I had for the sake of saving space, but the important tips are all included.

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