1. Toss your wallet.
Your life is invaluable. If you are confronted, toss your wallet as far as you can away from the thief. Then run the other way, like your life depends on it. Chances are, the thief will go for your wallet.
2. In the worst case situation, this might be your best chance.
Fingers crossed that this will never happen to you, but in the awful even that you are locked in the trunk of a car, don’t give up. Kick out the tail light and stick your hand out of the car, that other drivers might see it and save you.
If you are going to escape, you need to rid yourself of your restraints. These instructions could save your life.
Now that we’ve gone over these four methods in detail in the videos, let’s talk briefly on how you’ll be bound, because it’s equally important as the method you choose to escape.
For an exercise, so that we’re all on the same page, put both of your hands straight out. Now touch your wrists together. This will be called “wrists together, horizontal.” This position is the easiest to escape from by slipping out.
Next rotate your wrists so your right hand turns clockwise, your left hand turns counterclockwise and your wrists touch. This will be called “wrists together, vertical.” This position is not preferred, but as shown on the breaking videos, can be defeated.
Now, from the “wrists together, vertical” position, rotate your hands so the backs of them touch together. This will be called “wrists together, inboard.” This is the hardest position out of the four, but can still be defeated by breaking.
The final way you could be bound is by crossing your hands at the wrists, making an X. This will be called “wrists together, crossed.” This position is a bit harder than the first for slipping out of, but it’s still possible.
The first thing you should always do in any restraint situation, is remain passive.
Let your captor know that there’s no fight in you, that you’re scared and helpless. This will psychologically lead your captor to believe that you have no plans to try to escape, and thus make what we’re about to tell you easier.
You want to make every effort to present your hands to your captor before they use force to restrain you. Essentially you’re presenting the wrist position of your choosing to them, hoping they’ll use it.
6. Be on the safe side of things with the SafeTrek app.
SafeTrek is a brilliant app. When you feel like you are in danger, hold down the button. If you release, the authorities will be contacted with your location. The signal can only be turned off by your entering a password. Outsmart ’em!
There’s VERY few thieves who will rummage around amidst feminine hygiene products!
9. Heel punch.
These instructions could make all of the difference.
What would you do if a stranger — or even your date — grabbed you around the neck and planned to do you harm? Screaming as loud as you can might break your assailant’s grip and motivation. But if it doesn’t, you better be ready to physically defend yourself.
Preferred target areas: chin, jaw, throat, nose
Why it works: A straight punch, which can be made with either hand, extends forward in a straight line from your shoulder to the target. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line — a straight punch is the fastest, most direct and least detectable way to send a punch to the targeted area. The straight punch can be used to distract, stun, injure or knock out your attacker, giving you the ability to eliminate the threat and time to escape from the danger zone.
Where to aim: Strike to whatever vulnerable target is open. If the attacker’s arms are up high, you should strike low — if his hands are down low, you should strike high. A sound strategy is to create openings. For instance, if the attacker’s hands are up and covering his face, strike to vulnerable areas that are low. This will generally cause the attacker to drop his hands, opening targets to the face, throat and chin.
Start position: Get in a fighting stance, feet a little wider than hip-distance apart, knees slightly bent, angled slightly to the side, hands up, elbows bent.
Movement: Primarily driving with your legs, with the support of your core, send your fist forward. Drive the punch forward by pushing the ball of your back foot against the floor. Push off the floor to place more power in the punch. As your hips and shoulders rotate, extend your fist forward for the punch while keeping your elbow down toward the floor for as long as possible. Make contact with the first two knuckles of your fist, making sure to keep your wrist straight. This increases the power of the punch, as well as your reach, and will help you deliver the punch safely. Bring your hand and body back quickly to starting position, being careful not to let your hand drop when bringing it back toward your head. This protects your head and puts you in a position to throw follow-up punches.