Is a predator lurking on your path without you knowing it? Learn running safety, walking safety, & biking safety from crime victims for what you should and shouldn't do.In hindsight, Melanie Gable should have listened to her intuition warning her when she saw Robin Carter in his truck watching her intently. He drove up behind her at full speed, smashing her legs and internal organs and sending her flying. Carter got out of the truck, smiling at her on the ground, then drove off.
Runners tend to ignore safety. Feeling invincible, addicted to the exhilarating “runner’s high,” they run on icy pavement and in lonely areas without a care in the world. But if you're a victim of violent crime, you might never run again.
• Anyone talking on a cell phone or wearing earphones – unable to hear impending dangers around her.
• Anyone looking friendly, timid, lost, or absent-minded – she's more easily stalked.
• Anyone unaware she's being followed until she's isolated.
• Anyone enjoying a secluded countryside, beach, woods, or park.
Running safety, walking safety, & biking safety all involve the risk of being isolated with no help or even any witnesses around. Always remember that the law of the wilderness always rules - predators attack the prey that stray away from the herd.
At the very least, be with as many friends as possible, each of you carrying pepper spray in plain sight to deter a predator – staying alert for a surprise ambush (though that won't help against a gunman).
You can lessen your risk by staying in a more populated area. If the crowd starts thinning out, go with them. Gamble in Vegas – not in your life.
A Libertyville Illinois woman was jogging on a trail in early afternoon when Christopher Hanson (a paroled serial offender) grabbed her from behind, dragged her off the trail, raped her then stabbed her in the neck three times. He covered her with fallen leaves and checked to see if she was still alive. She held her breath and pretended to be dead until he left.
Four teenagers in Indianapolis IN lay in wait as Darrell Arthur pedaled his bike along a recreation trail. They ambushed him and beat him to death. If he had screamed, only his killers would have heard.
Joan Diver was murdered on a bike path in suburban Buffalo’s
wealthiest community – where the "it couldn't happen here" attitude is
widespread. It was the second such recent murder in the area, yet few
have changed their ways. Altemio Sanchez, a church-going, suburban, well-respected, beloved husband and father later confessed to murdering her and raping a dozen other women, murdering three over a 20-year period on that same bike path - all in broad daylight. The day after Diver's body was found,
two women were running nearby, separately, with few others around. One was
wearing headphones, and the other was talking on a cell phone. The naiveté of the prey never ceases to amaze.
A Washington DC couple was attacked while out for their routine early-morning walk on a riverside path. William Bennett, 57, was found dead and his wife, Cynthia, 55, was critically injured.
That's the typically useless police advice after an attack. Let’s look more closely at this “wisdom”:
• Walk with a partner. Why? Both you and your partner can be
bound and raped at gun or knifepoint – or worse. See Hostage/Slave on Survival Options - Hostage Taking
• Carry a cell phone. Well, if you can possibly manage to
call for help while being attacked (unlikely), the average police
response time is ELEVEN minutes (even worse in a park). So, yeah, carry
one, but know its limits.
• Stick to well-lighted routes. Why? Predators attack in sunny
daylight, too. They don't care much about lighting – they care far more about witnesses
seeing them. That's why they choose isolated ambushes – regardless of the lighting.
• Let someone know where you are. Why? Like the police, any help will likely arrive far too late.
Lesson: beware of well-meaning, but lame-brained advice.
Instead, here are the biking, walking, and running safety tips you need:
DON’T go to isolated places, especially alone. If you must go to an isolated place, go only with a group of friends – all armed and ready with Pepper Spray and a Personal Security Alarm (noisemaker or screamer).
However, it’s FAR better for biking, walking, and running safety
to simply always avoid lonely areas. Mother Nature will not save you. See Camping and Hiking Safety
And... do you know how to deal with a Dog Attack on you or a loved one?
Yes, she escaped through valiant self defense. But it's better to avoid such dangers beforehand by following the above advice.
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