Posted by on April 2, 2019

Abduction: to carry off or kidnap (a person) illegally by force or deception

In May 2011, a woman was walking along Lakeshore Avenue in Toronto when two men tried to pull her into their vehicle. Thankfully, she escaped. More recently, in March of 2019, there have been a series of adduction attempts of young teen girls in the Lawrence and Yonge area of Toronto.

Such incidents reinforce the need to teach Krav Maga students various self defense techniques to avoid and escape abduction attempts. 

Here are 5 general tips to prevent abduction:

  • Walk facing traffic. Encroaching drivers are more visible and have to turn their vehicle around to follow you.
  • Maintain distance.  If you are giving directions, for example, do so from a distance.  Do not approach the vehicle or walk to a more private area. 
  • Don’t let communication or music devices impair your ability to detect danger. 
  • Travel light:  Carrying heavy loads slows your escape. 
  • Be aware of escape routes.   

Of course, there are situations where an abduction attempt is not prevented.  These situations call for quick and decisive actions and will be the focus of an upcoming blog. 

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