The three reasons women are easy targets for random acts of violence are:
Lack of awareness (you MUST know where you are & what's going on around you.)
Body language (keep your head up, swing our arms, stand straight up)
Wrong place, wrong time (DON'T be walking alone in an alley, or driving in a bad
neighborhood at night)
Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit
(doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc). DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you,
and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back
seat. Check under the car as well.
If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial
killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get
into their cars.
Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male
is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work,
and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE
Always take the elevator instead of the stairs.
Do not get on an elevator if there is only one man in it (of course, not all men are bad,
but don't take chances. Wait for the next elevator.)
Do not stand back in the corners of the elevator, be near the front, by the doors, ready to get
off or on.
If you get on the elevator on the 25th floor, and someone you feel uneasy about gets on at
the 22nd, get off when they get on.
If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS 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!
Women tend to be sympathetic: DON'T, it may get you raped, or killed. Just remember: Ted Bundy,
the serial killer, was a good looking, well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of
unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his
vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
If you've gotten into a violent situation, REACT IMMEDIATELY.
If he abducts you in a parking lot, and is taking you to an abandoned area, DON'T LET
HIM GET YOU TO THAT AREA.
If you are driving, crash your car, then get out and RUN.
If he's driving, find the right time, and stick your fingers in his eyes. He must watch the road,
so choose an unsuspecting time, and gouge him. It is your ONLY defense. While he is in shock, GET OUT AND RUN.
RESIST: don't go along with him: run, if you are able.
You DO NOT want to get to crime scene 2 - DON'T EVER GIVE UP!
Always keep your distance when walking past strangers on the street or in dark areas.
GET A CELL PHONE
BREAKDOWNS: (try to avoid this by ALWAYS keeping your car in good working order)
If your car breaks down: you better have a cell phone to call for help, and lock your doors
Keep a blanket, and a set of appropriate clothing and a pair of boots or other good walking shoes,
and a flashlight in your car for emergencies.
GET A CELL PHONE - you don't have to get an expensive one... you can sign up for some cheap T-Mobile prepaid plans that won't cost you much and work well.
If you don't have a cell phone and it's noon on a business day, you MAY want to put your hazards on
and walk to safety. But if it's 2 a.m., put on your warm clothes, and walk to a lighted area. Why? You are
a perfect target if you are sitting in your car broken down and predators search the highways for easy
targets like you.
If you're on a desolate road: walk away from the car (in your warm clothes) and go to some bushes, or
some area AWAY from your vehicle. It will be cold, and uncomfortable, but you DO NOT want to stay in your car.
Physical defenses you can use against a violent predator
The eyes are the most vulnerable part of the body. Poke him there, and you have (possibly) your only
window of opportunity.
The KNEES. Everyone's knees are very vulnerable, and a swift kick here will take anyone down.
A cautionary note about these: If you do not do these things right the first time, you are in
trouble, because it will only anger the individual, and that anger will be TAKEN OUT ON YOU. We're not
saying don't attempt them (it may be your only hope), but be forceful when you do.
Never let yourself or anyone that you know be a "closer" in any type of business
(bar, store, restaurant, gas station).