Your Daughter's Leaving for College -- Here's How She Can Defend Herself Against Threats

by Larry Zolna - Date: 2008-05-14 - Word Count: 640 Share This!

College is back in full swing. Our kids are off to school, away from home and in a new world. And that could be a very dangerous world!

You just have to hear the words "Virginia Tech" and uncomfortable, even fearful feelings come to your mind.

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!

Today, unlike years ago, there are many kinds of personal safety and self protection devices available. Personal alarms are small and fit in any purse or pocket -- they even clip to your belt. These alarms give off a very loud sound that will get anyone's attention. Also, pepper spray comes in different camouflaged containers -- pagers, pens, key chains and even lipstick!

Think of how it was when you went to college or high school. If you were lucky, your classes were close to each other. If you were like me, each class was in a different building, scattered all over the campus, usually on the top floor. The library was never next to the dorm ...

When I went to college, it wasn't like it is today. Coeds could walk alone at night on campus and feel fairly secure. But today, with colleges becoming so large, the parking lots, labs, study halls and the library seem to be in darker and more distant locations.

Kids, being kids, will brave the dark and look for shortcuts. They don't realize what can happen to them. "It can't happen to me" seems to be the ongoing thought.

Well, what if it does happen to them? Will your daughter (or son) be prepared for such an event? What will they do to protect and defend themselves?

Try this scenario. Your daughter sees a person who looks threatening and who wants to do more than just say hello. She should open her purse and pull out a pepper spray canister as well as her personal alarm. Better yet, especially if it is dark, she should have a personal alarm in her hand and the pepper spray on a key chain hanging on her purse. No, this is NOT paranoia -- it's just being smart and prepared.

Most personal alarms have a very loud alert that everyone will hear. This alone will stop most people in their tracks, and cause them to run away. But, if the attacker continues to approach, then it's time to spray him with pepper spray.

Even though pepper spray is non-lethal, the bad guy will feel like he's dying when his nose and eyes begin to run and his throat constricts. All he will be worrying about for the next 20-30 minutes is trying to breathe -- tell your daughter to immediately run away and call 911 and let the cops handle him.

If your daughter is on a date and the guy tries something that she's not happy with, a camouflaged pepper spray such as a lipstick or a pager will do the trick. These items look just like the real McCoy. He'll never know what hit him until he's on his knees coughing and wheezing.

Then she should set off her personal alarm to attract attention, run away and call 911.

So, with this information in hand, send your daughter (or son) off to college as prepared for personal safety and self defense as they can be.

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