A Deliberate Stranger

Apr. 14, 2021 by

“Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.”― Kurt Vonnegut Some assailants simply attack. They might rush or ambush their target and overwhelm with brute force or threaten

Avoiding Ambush

Apr. 7, 2021 by

Ambush. A surprise attack by persons from a concealed position.  To lie in wait for.  Many assaults are ambushes.  An attacker comes from a concealed position and surprises his target.  The element of surprise startles, sometimes freezing the victim.  Assailants

A Different Kind of Animal

Mar. 30, 2021 by

When discussing assaults, people often express surprise and even disbelief. Who does that? Why would someone do that? I can’t believe it? What kind of person could do that? It is a natural response. Most of us, possessing some modicum

Don’t worry, be savvy

Mar. 22, 2021 by

 Worry. To give way to anxiety or unease.  Savvy.  Knowingness, shrewdness “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Mark Twain  These days when we discuss distractions and safety, we often refer to cell phones and

Assaults and Civil Society

Mar. 12, 2021 by

Civil. Polite, obliging, not rude.  A couple of years ago, a Krav Maga instructor offered a workshop at a gym here in Toronto. At one point, he focused on defending against an attacker who has you pinned against a wall.  The

Guardians, Guards, and Cell Phones

Jan. 3, 2021 by

Carelessness doesn’t bounce; it shatters. Hartman Jule Guardians.  A defender, protector, or keeper.  Guard. A state of vigilance or watchfulness, a person who protects or keeps watch.  Accidents and assaults can happen very quickly. Criminals can be brazen, committing their

Walking, Jogging, and Abductions.

Dec. 2, 2020 by

Sadly, a google search for adduction, even when adding keywords like locations, brings up page upon page of incidents. It is quite alarming.   Many of these incidents occur as people are walking or running. Why? Perpetrators are often driving a

Creatures of Habit: Assaults and Location.

Nov. 12, 2020 by

From mid-January to early March 2018, a group of attackers terrorized a series of victims in the Yonge and Eglinton area in Toronto. They robbed these people with unarmed threats, as well as knife and gun threats. They took items

Pandemics and Potential Violence.

Oct. 27, 2020 by

On October 25, after an alleged argument over social distancing in a Liquor store in Toronto, one of the participants followed the other and shot the other in the parking lot and fled the scene. The victim died in a

Challenging our Image of Violent Criminals: Age

Oct. 10, 2020 by

In previous articles, we explore how we need to expand our sense of who assailants are. Many of us, inspired by cinema, books and other pop culture influences, have an image of those who commit violent crime. Close your eyes