It has been just over a week since the last attack took place near the Metra Station in Midlothian. It was the fourth attack in as many weeks.
The first attack took place July 20th and the most recent on August 10th. According to ABC News the victims said their attacker punched and beat them before robbing them of cash. Some of them reported being hit after they gave up their valuables.
The latest victim was attacked from behind and according to an earlier report on the first 3 muggings, by ABC News, at least 2 of the earlier victims were also attacked from behind.
In almost all of the self-defense classes, especially those taught to high school and college students, I am asked how to handle an attack from behind. I explain that I will cover some options to that type of attack, but first I ask them how they might find themselves in that situation. They seldom come up with a scenario. The answer I get is “well, they are just there”. Very seldom will I hear, “I had my headphones on or my earbuds in and didn’t hear them, or I was busy texting and wasn’t paying attention”.
In the case of the young mother who was attacked while attempting to enter her home with her infant.
Any parent will tell you that a managing a child of any age is a huge distraction and will easily keep you from paying attention to what is going on around you.
She probably felt pretty safe in front of her home. We are more apt to let our guard down when we are in familiar surroundings. It can happen to anyone, including law enforcement officers. Read about the tragic death of officer Soderberg in: “The last Lesson”.
Where you are most comfortable is where you can be most vulnerable.
How can you avoid being mugged?
Here are a few suggestions from our previous post “Eyes in the back of your head”
1. If you are walking by yourself at night you need to raise your awareness and look ahead for places where muggers might be hiding.
2. Do not use ear buds or headphones when you are walking alone.
3. Look behind you to see if anyone is there, especially after passing an area where someone could have been hiding
4. If someone is approaching from behind, cross the street and start looking for a safe place to run to, such as an open business or where other people might be walking.
5. If you are carrying mace/pepper spray put it in your hand and be mentally prepared to use it. It should not be buried in the bottom of your bag.
More suggestions and tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime can be found by clicking on the links below.
Awareness is the key to your safety!
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