Thank you home alarm monitoring Who provided the article below as a guest post by robbery victim Doris Thompson. fun!

My qualification to write on a subject like self-defense may be questionable. is more than we knew at the time.It was December 14th. After work, I put a $100 bill in my wallet and went shopping for Christmas. My kids were at church for play practice for the Christmas program.

I shopped, neatly folded the rest of my purchases into my wallet, and went home. There was no garage, but I lived in a quiet area so I assumed it was safe. I drove into the carport, slung my wallet over my shoulder, slung my coat over my shoulder, grabbed my bag from the seat next to me, stepped into the small porch with the key and unlocked the front door.

Someone with a gloved hand covering my face grabbed me from behind. I’m very claustrophobic so all I had to do was keep his hands away from my face so I could breathe. He used to drag me all over the front yard in the dark of the evening, and I could scream at times. I used the same arm my purse was hanging on to try to escape his grasp. Needless to say, he got what he wanted. I lay hysterically on the ground and watched him gallop up the hill and out of sight.

What does it mean now? I doubt this. Had I known some self-defense techniques and tips, would I have been able to use them? Surely the training that came with the self-defense course would have taught me to act rather than act.

Maybe it’s never too late for you. Try these…

  • 1. Always keep your head up when walking outside. This will let others know that you are paying attention.
  • 2. Do not wear headphones on both ears outdoors. If you must wear one, use only one earbud so that the other ear is free to hear your surroundings.
  • 3. Handbags should not be held in the hand, but should be slung over the shoulder so that they are safe and not easily accessible.
  • 4. Do not unlock your car door until you have a clear view of your surroundings and no one is trying to jump into your car.
  • 5. Car keys are great weapons. They are sharp and can be used if someone is grabbing you. If they are poked with a key, they will quickly become distracted long enough for you to escape.
  • 6. Don’t be afraid to shout. Make the most of the voice you have been given and let people know you are in trouble.
  • 7. You can do distraction training if someone grabs your arm. This includes many things such as stepping on the foot or pinching the other arm with the free hand. When distracting, pull your arm freely. If you don’t have a free hand, use your knee. You know where to hit!
  • 8. Headbutts are always best if you can’t use your arms or knees. This blurs your vision and distracts you. At that point, release your arms and run for help.
  • 9. Gouge out the eye if you have a free hand. This will keep your eyes moist and give you a chance to run. Punching someone in the nose always results in tears.
  • 10. If you see someone standing near or beside your vehicle that looks suspicious, stay away. Return to the building you just came from and ask for help!

    There is nothing like leaving home and arriving hours later safe and sound.

    It’s never too late to learn to protect yourself. Most of the women who attend our self-defense classes are there because something bad happened to them or someone they know. Don’t become a victim of crime because you don’t have time.

    **Angie M. Tarighi is CEO and Founder of Women’s Self-Defense Institute, which provides self-defense training, educational awareness and personal protection products that empower women to fight crime.

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