Protect Yourself From Attackers This Holiday Season

12:43 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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Undated -- A Winston-Salem woman was attacked while at the Wal-Mart on East Hanes Mill Road. She had put her groceries in the car and left the car unlocked as she returned her shopping cart. A man hid in her car, and attacked her after the drove away.

Winston-Salem Police Sergeant Katie Paterson said, "As a woman, shopping late at night and by yourself, even in the day and at night, you constantly need to be aware of your surroundings."

Sgt. Paterson said you should lock your car doors any time you step away from your vehicle and always check the backseat before you pull away from a location.  

She also said you stay aware of what's going on around you. Don't be distracted by your phone  or anything else. Stay with crowds, don't park too far away from other cars, and park in a well-lit area. She also said if you're parking in a lot with a larger retail store, likely to have security cameras, park in that parking lot, as opposed to in a lot with no cameras. You can also ask to have someone from the store escort you to your vehicle if you don't feel safe.

If a person manages to avoid detection, and ends up getting close to you, Master Monty Hendrix, Owner of Essential Martial Arts in Greensboro, showed some self-defense techniques anyone can use to keep themselves safe. He explained what to do if you're seated in your car. He also said a common parking lot attack technique is for someone to sit in the passenger seat of their car and attack as you get into yours. Click play on the videos to watch his advice in both scenarios.

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