Wednesday, July 11, 2012

6 Self Defense Tips for Campus Safety

Sadly, Toronto has witnessed its share of assaults on and around the campuses of its post secondary institutions(York University, University of Toronto, Seneca College, George Brown College, Ryerson...). 

Many students are living away from their parents for the first time.  Many have moved to different cities. Such changes coupled with inexperience can make students vulnerable and the focus of assailants. 

Developing your awareness is a vital aspect of self defense and preventing violent assaults.  Here are some tips to help you become more aware.
  • Inquire about security services on campus (some, for example, offer security escorts)
  • Intoxication impairs judgment.  Be mindful.  If you are drinking be with friends.
  • Don't leave drinks unattended.  (date rape drugs)
  • Be very mindful when walking alone.  When possible walk with friends. 
  • Report crimes as offenders might repeat their behaviours. 
  • Treat your dorm room as your secure place.  Be aware of who enters or attempts to enter.  
Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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