Here are some suggestions from a former law enforcement officer. He targeted the ladies, but I think everyone should read this and remember some of his tips.
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it. If a robber asks for your wallet and or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you. When he is distracted run like mad in a zig zag fashion.
If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and wave like crazy. The driver can’t see you but other people can.
Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working etc. and just sit. DON’T DO THIS. A predator will be watching you, and this could give him or her a perfect time to open your passenger side door and put a gun to your head. AS SOON AS YOU GET IN YOUR CAR LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
Getting in your car in the parking lot.
Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side door and in the back seat.
If the drivers side of your car is parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger side. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while women are attempting to get into their cars.
Look at the cars parked next to yours, on both sides, if either contains a male sitting alone. Walk back into the mall or store and ask someone to walk you to your car. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
Always take the elevator instead of the stairs.
If the predator hasRUN! He can only hit a running target 4 times out of a hundred. If you are one of the 4, chances are he will not hit you in vital organ.
Women are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
Another scam is a crying baby on your front step. DO NOT open the door. Call the police. The bad guys record a baby’s cry and put the recorder near a window or on your front step to lure you out of the house. This was talked about on America’s Most Wanted.