I received this in my email today.
"I received a crime prevention bulletin from a Blockwatch Captain who wanted to share these interesting thoughts.
I realize these ideas are a little beyond Blockwatch but still worthy of consideration! Some Blockwatch members do a lot of travelling or work and park in some isolated areas.
1. If being attacked, use your elbows, heel of the hand or knees (hardest and toughest parts of your body) to hit with and go for eyes, throat or groin; all the soft spots of the human body. If you do strike a vulnerable body part and the suspect hits the ground and is slow to get up, start to RUN! Unless you are a UFC fighter, I suggest you beat a hasty retreat to a safe area! Be thankful you got a lucky punch or kick . You do not want to continue fighting.
2. If you are getting robbed for your purse or wallet, remove it from your possession and empty the contents and/or throw the wallet/purse away from you. Do not stand there and let the crook search the purse and ask them if they want more! Drop the purse/wallet and start to run IMMEDIATELY! THE CHANCES ARE GREAT THEY ARE MORE INTERESTED IN YOUR PROPERTY THAN CHASING YOU! RUN TO A PUBLIC PLACE!
3. If you are ever taken hostage and thrown in the trunk, try to remove the rear signal lights and put your hand out and get attention.
4. If you are ever taken hostage as a driver or passenger in a car, TRY TO GET HOLD OF THE STEERING WHEEL AND CRASH THE CAR! TRY TO CRASH THE CAR IN A PUBLIC AREA WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE! The chances are good the airbags will deploy and save you. Get out of the car immediately and run. I do not think the bad guys will be trying to chase you down after this car crash with witnesses about. Try not to hit any innocent people. AIM FOR A BUILDING OR TELEPHONE POLE.
5. Regarding Rule 4. It is better to fight for your life in a public area than be taken hostage and taken to a private area where the chances of a successful escape are going to lessen. When in a difficult situation where your freedom is at stake, be prepared to run! Your adrenaline will give you an added boost. DO NOT BE A WILLING HOSTAGE! I have read many Vancouver Police Reports and newspaper stories where adults have tried to abduct children or teenagers and these people have fought back and WON! If children and teens can fight off an adult male, SO CAN YOU!
6. DO NOT PARK BESIDE A VAN. The cargo doors could be opened quite easily by persons hidden within the van and you could be quickly grabbed if caught off guard.
7. DO NOT PARK BESIDE A VAN WITH A MAN SITTING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. SAME THING! It’s easier to grab you!
8. It is probably safer to take the elevator than the stairs. Stairwells are isolated and probably not well travelled when compared to elevators. Elevators also have alarm buttons that can be activated for ANY reason!
9. When facing an opponent with a GUN, if you can run away, THEN RUN! I can speak from 25 years of police handgun shooting at the range. IT’S TOUGH ENOUGH TO HIT A STATIONARY TARGET WITH A HANDGUN! HITTING A MOVING TARGET THAT IS ZIGZAGGING IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE. ONLY A LUCKY SHOT WILL HIT YOU. DROP THE WALLET AND PURSE AND RUN.
10. Some criminals have pretended to use a cane or a crutch to lure their victims into a false sense of security or get you to help them open their car doors etc. Some criminals have used a fake cast to feign a broken arm. It is normal to offer assistance to physically challenged people. But, be warned. Perhaps asking for a shopping attendant to assist the both of you would be a suitable alternative? NOT EVERYTHING IS AS IT APPEARS TO BE.
11. If you hear noises at night time outside your house and you decide to go INVESTIGATE? Take your cell phone with you. These noises may be purposely made to get you outside your house. TAKE YOUR CELL PHONE WITH YOU!
12. Last but not least, make sure that you have an emergency action plan involving YOUR FAMILY. Does your family know what to do in the case of a house fire? How about an earth quake? If separated from your family for whatever reason, can they contact family members? Can you all meet at another location? MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS KNOW WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
13. Develop a PLAN B and PLAN C for your family in any emergencies."