Attempted kidnappings, assaults, stalking. These crimes happen all too often.
So what are some steps you can take to protect yourself?
“It’s better to have the tools and not need them," Robert Tirollo said, a training specialists, "then to need to the tools and not have them."
Just a few basic moves can save your life.
“I hope that everyone I teach never needs to use what I teach them, but if they need it it’s there,” Tirollo said.
Violent crime in Fort Myers has dropped by over 50 percent between 2001 to 2016, according to U.S. News & World Report.
But if the attempted kidnapping at The Residences dorms near the Florida Gulf Coast University campus has taught us anything, it is that despite the drop in violence, crime still persists in Fort Myers. It even happens in places that are frequently patrolled by police and are supposed to be safe.
College students at FGCU expressed anxiety about their personal safety following the attempted kidnapping Sunday night.
the fact that my friends have to walk to their cars carrying STEAK KNIVES because they fear for their safety is absolutely disturbing
— Rachel Ferguson (@rachelferg13) September 24, 2018
The techniques taught in self-defense classes, such as the ones taught by Tirollo, can decrease the chances of becoming the next statistic in a senseless crime.
The first tip — if someone is trying to grab your hands, rip away as aggressively as you can.
“You want to take the thin part of your arm, and you want to bring it through the weakest point of this grip, which is going to be where that thumb and that finger meet," Tirollo said. "So you’re going to roll the arms towards yourself, you’re going to bring them up and you’re going to take a step back and you’re going to come back violently."
Another tip? A simple jab move to the chin while trapping their legs behind them will bring anyone down.
If the attacker tries to put their entire body weight on you, you will need to use a lot of hip power.
These are simple moves that make the difference between being a victim and escaping.
“This is a 90 percent mental game; 10 percent is skill. I can show you the skill, but that’s only 10 percent -- it’s all up here that’s what matters,” Tirollo said, pointing to his head. “You have to act on your instincts, that’s what’s going to save your life.”