Some Good Safety Hints

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Some Good Safety Hints
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 10:28am
Someone posted these on another board and I thought they were good hints. I hadn't heard some of them before.

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

2. Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans: if a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you.... chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER 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. This has saved lives.

4. 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 on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: a. Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. b. 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. c. 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 THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs.(Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

7. 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!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was 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.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 10:54am
those are good, thanks jean! other tips to add -

(from the survival guide) to add to number 7 - when running from someone with a gun, don't run in a direct line away from him, run on an curve so you are a harder target to hit. obviously, try to turn a corner or otherwise put objects between you and the gun as soon as possible.

(from law enforcement tips) avoid someone forcing you into a car/van if at all possible - you have a better chance of fighting them where you stand than you do of surviving if they get you where they want you.

(from self-defense instructors) the elbow is good if you are very close to someone, but your knee is actually a more powerful weapon if you have room to use it correctly. you want to knee the person using your back, butt, and hips as well as your legs, like a soccer player kicking a goal - throw your body behind the knee, bend and push off your standing leg and thrust upward and forward with the striking knee, jutting your hips and butt forward and upward. (it's kind of hard to explain in writing). aim for a man's groin.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 06-13-2003 - 1:14pm
These are good tips. Thanks for sharing them.



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