Give Them What They Ask For - Self Defense Article
Betty was in good shape. She went to the gym almost every day. She alternated between cardio and weight training, watched what she ate and generally led a healthy lifestyle. She also drove a nice car and routinely parked at the back of the parking lots. Most of the other lazy people parked up close, but not Betty. She thought the extra walking was good for her and would rather walk the extra distance.
Besides, keeping her car farther away from others would hopefully prevent some of the dings and scratches that might happen if she squeezed her car in between everybody else in the closer parking spots.
As usual, she shows up to the gym rather late in the evening. There are not many people there, but that is just the way she likes it, less crowded. She parks in the back of the lot, under a street light and makes her way to the front door. On the way she drops her car keys into her backpack and continues to enter the gym. She heads to the locker room, grabs what she needs, and locks up the rest.
After about an hour, Betty concludes her workout and heads back to the locker room. She quickly gets changed, collects her stuff and heads out. Just like every other time. Once she gets to the nearly empty parking lot, she makes her way to her car. About halfway there she barely notices two figures walking towards her. She is really tired, and not really paying attention until she gets to her car and the two men are standing right behind her.
In transit, her keys settled their way to the very bottom of her backpack. She didn't think to have them ready when she got to her car. There she stood unprepared and scared of what might happen next. Luckily for her, the men were just after her car. "Give me your car keys!" demanding one of the men, now holding a small knife. "They are in my bag." replied Betty. "Hand it over." the other man responded.
Betty handed him the bag and took one step backwards. The man opened the backpack. On the top was a wet, sweaty workout towel. The man winced, and kept digging. Next in the pack were her sweaty workout clothes and undergarments. Becoming uncomfortable and slightly grossed out, the man
handed the backpack to the other man and said "Here, you get them."
The first man handed back the backpack to Betty and told her to retrieve the car keys and do it quickly. Buried at the bottom of the backpack, Betty reached deeply inside of the bag. She complied with the request and grabbed her keys, well the keychain actually. While slowly pulling out her hand, she flipped the safety on the pepper spray keychain and produced her "keys".
After liberally dousing both men in the face with her pepper spray, she was able to unlock her car and drive away while the men rolled around on the ground, blinded and in pain. Betty drove to the front of the parking lot, keeping the men in view as she dialed 911 on her cell phone that was also at the bottom of her backpack. After a few minutes, the men still mostly blinded, managed to begin to collect themselves enough to attempt to retreat. They made it to a nearby car, but were unable to effectively drive away, as the police showed up and apprehended them, red faced and crying.
Betty was equipped to handle the above situation, but was not prepared at the instance she needed to react. Conveniently, Betty was told to get her keys, and was allowed the extra few seconds required to firmly grasp the keychain pepper spray attached to her requested set of keys. Luckily, they asked for it. Luckily, this time, the perpetrators were only interested in stealing her car, and not another form of assault or rape and she was able to escape without harm. Betty will never again walk to her car without her keys in her hand, pepper spray at the ready.
It is not enough to own self defense products if you do not have them ready and know how to use them. Even the pepper spray on her car visor was of no use to Betty if she did not make it into her car. Make sure your healthy lifestyle includes a healthy dose of pepper spray or other self defense product, that is readily available, when you need it.
It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?
Stay safe and be prepared!
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