In hindsight, Melanie Gable should have listened to her intuition warning her when she saw Robin Carter in his truck watching her intently. He drove up behind her at full speed, smashing her legs and internal organs and sending her flying. Carter got out of the truck, smiling at her on the ground, then drove off.
Runners tend to ignore safety. Feeling invincible, addicted to the exhilarating “runner’s high,” they run on icy pavement and in lonely areas without a care in the world. But if you're a victim of violent crime, you might never run again.
A PREDATOR'S FAVORITE TARGETS
Richard Leadbeater, a husband, father, and serial rapist, jogged past her as she was walking over a footbridge in Milton Keynes UK, then lay in wait, pulled his knife, and pushed her into the bushes to rape her. She knew about the recent rapes in the park but didn’t think twice about it.
• Anyone talking on a cell phone or wearing earphones – unable to hear impending dangers around her.
• Anyone looking friendly, timid, lost, or absent-minded – she's more easily stalked.
• Anyone unaware she's being followed until she's isolated.
• Anyone enjoying a secluded countryside, beach, woods, or park.
Sarah Fox was strangled in New York City's Inwood Hill park. It’s a peaceful place, but also full of peril. If you scream no one's going to hear.
THERE IS SAFETY IN NUMBERS
Running safety, walking safety, & biking safety all involve the risk of being isolated with no help or even any witnesses around. Always remember that the law of the wilderness always rules - predators attack the prey that stray away from the herd.
At the very least, be with as many friends as possible – staying alert for a surprise ambush (though that won't help against a gunman).
You can lessen your risk by staying only in a more populated area. If the crowd starts thinning out, go with them or go home. Gamble in Vegas – not in your life.
“SAFE” NEIGHBORHOODS ARE ILLUSIONS
A Princeton NJ woman, walking alone along a bike path at night, was tackled from behind by a man with a knife, dragged off the path and raped. Neighbors are shocked that such a violent crime could happen in the quiet and safe upscale area. Bikers, joggers, and dog walkers use the unlighted path around the clock.
Four teenagers in Indianapolis IN lay in wait as Darrell Arthur pedaled his bike along a recreation trail. They ambushed him and beat him to death. If he had screamed, only the killers would have heard.
Be safe. Wether you are biking, walking, or running. DON’T go to isolated places, especially after dark, and especially alone. If you must go to an isolated place, go only with a group of friends. safety-security. /Michael Edward Loftus Sr
From GB: Wear a G|B DEFENDER and scream loudly to let the possible perpetrator know you are “armed.”