Have you ever worried about being attacked..ever been in a situation, looked around and thought UH OH! What is your plan? Do you have a plan!! You should and we will give you some ideas and things to consider to to help you develop a plan!
Lindsay and I are ex-cops with experience and training in self-defense – I’m not saying we are always gonna be safe but our training does help us approach situations in a safer manner. Mary has been hanging with us for so long, she has started to adopt our situational habits, and her Irish temper gives her an edge in any contentious situation. Our goal for the next two weeks is to guide you through some tactics on:
Readiness / Tools
Fighting off an attacker
Most women I speak with want to know how to protect themselves but don’t know where to start. It is more than learning a few self-defense moves. Changing your mindset and becoming more aware can prevent an attack in the first place. To write this blog, I researched our local papers and found several disturbing incidents involving women being attacked. Each incident gives us insight on what we can and should do.
September 21, 2012: Woman Attacked While Walking on Busy Street
“The near-dead body of 68-year-Wanda McGlover was found in a ditch Sept. 21” (Temecula Patch website). Wanda walked around her neighborhood on most mornings. She later died at the hospital from her injuries.
This incident just happened and still gives me chills when I consider the violence this poor woman experienced. This grisly story teaches us that situational awareness, having a plan and carrying some form of self defense mechanism may save your life. It may give you a few minutes to escape or find help. We will discuss what tools you need and how to use them in the next few blog articles.
May 19, 2011: Man Attacks Woman in Parked Car
A retired Sheriff’s deputy (Peter Miranda) and his wife were walking on a residential street. They heard a woman screaming for help. Peter walked up on a man strangling a woman inside the car.
The Temecula Patch wrote, “Peter tapped on the window, identified himself and the suspect turned and pointed a handgun at him. Peter grabbed his arm, wrestled the gun from his hand and subdued him until the police showed up.”
This situation makes you think, “What would I have done?” Really, what would you do if you heard a woman screaming during daylight hours, along a nice, quiet residential street while you are with your loved one? This retired officer jumped in with both feet and saved her life. We don’t recommend you take on a gun wielding attacker, but we do think pre-planning for horrible situations may help you save yourself or someone else.
August 11, 2011: Burglary and Rape Attempt at 2:00 p.m. In Quiet Neighborhood
The Temecula Patch website wrote:
“The resident said she found the master bedroom ransacked when she got home. As she checked out the damage, a man brandishing a knife appeared and tried to sexually assault her, the woman told deputies. She said she fought her attacker off and locked herself in the bathroom, where she called for help on her cell phone, the sergeant said.”
This example is the scariest, don’t you think? I do not like to think about bad guys coming into my house. We are asking you to do just that. Think about what you would do…run out the door, escape through a locked bedroom window, use a baseball bat hidden under your bed, call for help on your cell phone like this woman did. We will walk you through some ideas for developing a home defense plan.
July 2010: 41-year-old Suspect Rapes 17 year old and Rapes Housekeeper
The Temecula Patch website wrote:
“He met his 17-year-old alleged victim at a Menifee fast food restaurant, and in July, 2010, he picked her up on the pretense of taking her to get a tattoo. He then drove her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her until she vomited.
At that time, a warrant was out for his arrest connected to the July 2009 alleged rape of a woman he hired to clean his house.”
This guy is a predator. He is experienced, suave, described as handsome and obviously planned his attacks. That’s the most important thing we want you to understand—the bad guys know exactly what they are doing. Do you? After our self-defense series, we hope you will learn to approach each situation in the safest way possible.
So the stories I found happened in a nice, quiet, suburban area. If you think bad things can’t happen to you because you live in a nice area, you’re wrong. Its time to get serious about self-defense.
Here are three quick tips to get you started:
- 1. Carry a cell phone and/or self-defense mechanism
- 2. Pay attention to the people around you
- 3. Listen to your instincts…if some place or some one gives you the creeps, find a new place to be.
We will host a six kids and six packs self-defense seminar in 2013, offering a self-defense course, a self-defense workout series and nutrition information. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!