Because of this and other tragedies, colleges are quickly adding better security to their campuses. And that’s great because our kids have it hard enough trying to adapt to college life on campus. They want an education — but how about some safety education!
Auto Dialer alarm system for your home. Criminals enjoy preying on the elderly and this can keep you from coming home to an intruder. It will call you if it detects motion in your home and allow you the option of calling the police instead of walking in on the criminal and getting attacked.
I yelled at him and told him “don’t stop or I will ride in to you. A second later Kelly said “I hear something and its getting louder” I said ” I hear it to and it sounds like a train”.
Be aware of your surroundings. Familiarize yourself with the campus and local areas. Find a good map and study it well. Know where there are well lit routes back to your dorm. Have emergency phone numbers available on your cell phone.
Get attention. If an assailant is relying on darkness for cover, illuminating the area with a flashlight–possibly attracting the attention of someone nearby–might be enough of a deterrent to discourage further pursuit. Again, use yelling or a personal alarm to create as much of a ruckus as possible.
The same cannot be said about irritants like tear gas, though. Irritants rely more on pain infliction to be effective. Because sensitivity to pain may be greatly decreased in drugged aggressors, tear gas may or may not be effective in those dangerous situations. In other words, you will not be able to predict the outcome of your self defense attempt by using tear gas alone, because you will never know beforehand whether or not an adversary will be under the influence of drugs. Irritants (tear gas) will work mainly on non-drugged individuals.
This is not always a pleasant thing to think about – no one wants to think they aren’t safe in their own city but by being prepared, you can make yourself safer.