Self Defense Tactics: How to Fight Back Against a Mugger
Being mugged is no joke. At best you lose your wallet and iPhone; at worst you end up losing your life. Often the assailant chooses you as their victim on a purely random basis – you were basically in the wrong place at the wrong time. In other cases, the assailant is someone with a grudge. Either way, it helps to have some knowledge of self defense so you can fight back. So what are your options if a mugger jumps you as you stroll down a dark alleyway?
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
It is customary to walk around these days with a phone clamped to one’s ear or plugged into a pair of headphones. Unfortunately, whilst this offers a great opportunity to listen to your favorite music, you tend to be less aware of what is happening around you.
The best way to avoid being mugged, apart from wandering through a rough neighborhood wearing expensive jewelry, is to pay attention to the people and events unfolding nearby. If you spot someone acting suspiciously, or you suspect you are being followed, you can react faster to what happens, or even get away quickly enough to avoid conflict.
Make a Lot of Noise
Our instinct is often to freeze up and we lose our ability to scream. This is the worst thing you can do. Muggers love it when you just stand there and let them take your valuables. Instead, scream or shout as loudly and as aggressively as you can. Let loose a stream of profanities and tell the mugger exactly what you think of them. Be angry! It might just be enough to startle them into backing off and leaving you in peace.
Muggers don’t usually expect their victims to fight back. Most people are too shocked when jumped from behind or attacked head on. They don’t have the presence of mind to switch from victim to attacker, but if you can cause a mugger serious pain, he is likely to back off. Your best tactic is to run away if possible, but if the mugger has grabbed you or thrown you to the ground, try and target his vulnerable areas; namely his eyes, nose, throat, and genitals.
Any sharp instrument, even a finger or thumb, can be used to stab a mugger in the eye. Do this hard enough and your mugger will be temporarily disabled. The same applies if you kick or punch him in the throat or genitals. Use your fists or a tactical pen if you have one handy. Hopefully the pain you inflict will be enough to give you the opportunity for escape.
Don’t be a Hero
No amount of self defense strategies will protect you if an assailant is carrying a knife or firearm. If this is the case, give the mugger what he wants and hope he leaves you alone. Once he’s gone, you can call the police and thank your lucky stars you have avoided any serious injuries.