6 Ways Assailants Conceal Sharp Weapons

Oct. 2, 2020 by

In Toronto, a series of recent stabbings has raised concerns about knife violence. One question that people often ask is how assailants conceal the knife – at least enough to get close to a victim. Knives, after all, are close

Common Objects for Self Defense: The London Bridge Stabbings

Dec. 4, 2019 by

In a previous article, Using Common Objects to Protect Yourself, we offered an overview of how we can use common objects in our everyday life to protect ourselves. More resonating are the times when people do so in real life.

Knife Attacks and Situational Awareness

Nov. 28, 2019 by

Knife attacks are among the most frequent and dangerous weapon assaults. Knives and other sharp objects are easy to obtain, and they can be used in numerous ways. In a previous article, Knife Assaults: 10 General Facts, we offered an overview

Knife Assaults: 10 General Facts

Nov. 14, 2019 by

Recent events including the October 7th stabbing death of 14-year-old Devan Bracci-Selvey outside of Winston Churchill High School in Hamilton and a tragic death arising from a knife attack at a Hallowe’en party in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood, have heightened an

Hallowe’en Stabbings in Toronto

Nov. 6, 2019 by

On Hallowe’en night on a generally quiet street in the Annex in Toronto, the Theta Delta Chi fraternity hosted a party of over 200 people. At one point one 19-year-old male and a 15-year-old girl were denied entry. Instead of

Knife threats. What does he want?

Aug. 26, 2019 by

Threats with knives or other edged weapons such as bottles, screwdrivers, utility knives, are relatively common because such objects are readily available and easy to carry and conceal.  For the assailant, the edged object is used to intimidate someone to

How People Used Chairs to Defend Against Knife Attacks in Sydney, Australia

Aug. 19, 2019 by

In Sydney Australia, around 2 pm on August 13th, 2019, a knife-wielding man (Mert Nay, 21) ran the streets stabbing people. During these horrible attacks, people ran and others protected themselves using objects in their vicinity. One man, for example,

Self-Defense and Public Stabbings

Jul. 22, 2019 by

Toronto has witnessed some high profile public stabbings. Some examples: • Just after 3 pm, on December 2015, Rohinie Bisesar fatally stabbed Rosemarie Junor at a Shoppers Drug Mart in the underground PATH system below Bay and Wellington streets. Bisesar

Surviving Downward Stabs or “Ice-pick” Attacks.

Jul. 19, 2019 by

Footage of knife attacks often shows the assailant stabbing in a downward motion- what we call the ice pick attack. It is not a sophisticated attack but can be very strong. Avoidance and escaping are your best options as any

Surviving Assaults with Blunt Force Weapons: An Overview

Oct. 21, 2018 by

Weapon assaults involve a wide variety of weapons including guns, sharp objects, and blunt objects.  The latter two – sharp and blunt – are easy to come by. Sharp objects can be knives, bottles that can be broken,…  The same

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