Don't become a statistic. Here's how to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.
We've all heard the nightmarish news about women or young girls abducted, only to be found dead later. As much as we'd like to think most people are ethical and wonderful, there are a few people out there that are ill or just plain off-balance. So those of us that are naturally vulnerable would be wise in heeding the un-seen warnings that perhaps we don't always see, but should. Ladies, we need to be aware of our surroundings more than ever. I am not trying to be dramatic, but our nation has taken a violent, un-apologetic turn. Yet this does not mean we fall victim when we have the power to be aware of danger and act accordingly.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
- When going to a grocery or any other store, scan the parking lot. Look inside the store before leaving your vehicle to evaluate if there is anything unusual. Lara Katler, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kenpo from Xtreme Studios in Tempe, AZ says the following: "I frequent the same places for gas and groceries. And I scan the places each time I visit in the event something might be going wrong. If I feel funny, I leave."
- Scan the parking lot before leaving your vehicle. Know the quick self-defense moves in the event you are approached from behind. As much as it may feel natural to create distance between you and the perpetrator, instead get up into his personal space and knock him in the esophagus with what Katler calls, a "half fist." Simply bend your fingers without balling up your fist and hit the assailant in the esophagus. At the same time, stomp his foot. Then run! You can also pluck at the eyes with your index and middle finger if the opportunity presents itself.
- If you at all feel uncomfortable, Katler says to leave the area immediately. The goal, she says, is to not have to fight the person but rather remove yourself from the situation. The above moves are a last resort, which means, that if there is any doubt, get out.
I was recently followed home by a creepy guy when I was at Walgreens. Instead of going to my home, I went to the condominium office, where we tried to get the driver's license plate. Unfortunately, we had no luck but law enforcement was great, patrolling the area in unmarked cars. I have yet to see the guy again.
But thanks to education from Katler, I was aware of people around me. Ladies, always be aware of your surroundings.