Tracy Vega, owner of Simple Self Defense for Women says, “Our most commonly asked question is what do you do if you are approached by a stranger?”

No one likes to be rude but bad guys can take advantage of your good nature. So what do you do if you’re approached?

The best way to keep your distance from a potential attacker is to extend your hand up in front of you at eye level and ask that person what they want. You can say whatever you feel comfortable saying to that person. Excuse me can I help you? Please keep your distance, what do you want? Etc… This act alone can improve your odds of survival. The person approaching you now knows that you are well aware of them; bad people want the element of surprise and easy targets. Now that you have your hand up anyone looking in your direction can see that this could be a bad situation. You don’t have to say anything; your hand up says it all! It’s a universal symbol for children and adults. With today’s instant communication most people have cell phones and can call 911 to report that something is going on in the parking lot that does not look right. Please send help!

Keep in mind if that person is a good guy he will apologize and walk in a different direction. If they are a bad guy they are going to keep talking and continue their approach. At that time you need to determine if they are after you or what you have.


Guest post by Tracy Vega-Owner, Simple Self Defense for Women