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How To Stay Safe If You Are Attacked With A Knife

Submitted by solomon on Thu, 07/26/2018 - 14:00
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This issue is important to me because I had recently experienced the effects of knife crime. Unfortunately, a young school child was stabbed near where I live. This could have been easily avoided by being aware of the attacker’s knife, and ways to disarm and apprehend the attacker. If he had been aware of the dangers of the situation, he could have stopped himself from being gravely injured. This information is very important in London right now, as knife crime has increased by 22% in the past 5 years. There have been at least 31 fatal knife attacks since the start of the year. These crucial strategies are extremely helpful in case of the unlikely, but increasing chance of knife attacks.

Stay calm

If an attacker approaches you, you have to stay calm. Any abrupt movements could provoke them and escalate the violence. Take deep breaths as you size each other up to stay relaxed and focused.

Try and escape the situation

Running from the situation is the ideal way of dealing with being confronted by an attacker. By aiming for the private parts or eyes, the most sensitive part of the body, the attacker would be off-balance, which would give you the perfect opportunity to escape the situation.

How to avoid a knife attack

Do not confront or provoke anyone in public. Don’t hang around in places without an aim, as this could encourage attackers to target you. 

By Elijah