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How To Protect Yourself While Holiday Shopping

"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season
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After a report of an armed robbery last night at a local mall, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about being able to protect and defend yourself while you are doing your shopping this Black Friday. That is why I called up Dennis Morris of Tactical Response Resources to give us some advice.

Some of the key points in the interview this morning:

  • Do not overload yourself with packages.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Make note of any suspicious persons or activities, especially in a parking lot.
  • Try to do your shopping during the daytime.
  • If you do have to shop when it’s dark outside, carry a small metal flashlight that can also be used as a striking weapon.
  • Your car keys can also be used as a striking weapon.
  • If you carry concealed, there are several issues to be mindful of.
  • Your mind is your greatest weapon, have situational awareness.
  • Stuff can be replaced, your life can’t. Do whatever you have to, to survive.

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