DCSO offers personal safety advice | RecordCourier.com

DCSO offers personal safety advice

by Merrie Leininger

The sheriff’s office has self-defense advice for Carson Valley women in the wake of a Thursday night attack at the Johnson Lane General Store.

At about 7:30 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was punched twice in the face and her wallet was stolen as she tried to unlock her car after shopping, the sheriff’s office reported.

The victim described the man as a Caucasian, about 6 feet tall, wearing a black hat and dark clothes.

She told deputies the man came from behind her, punched her twice and took the wallet out of her hand.

Sgt. Lance Modispacher said he wasn’t familiar with all the details of the battery, but wants other women to take precautions against a similar attack.

“I don’t know all the details and I’m certainly not chastising the victim, but in general, there are some precautions people can take,” he said.

The most important thing is to park in a well-lit area, preferably where many people are.

“Don’t make it convenient for the bad guys,” he said.

Next, always pay attention to who is around you.

“If you see someone suspicious, pay attention to your women’s intuition and go back into the store until that person is gone or call the sheriff’s office or ask management to escort you out,” he said.

Women need to realize they are a target for crimes of this nature, he said.

“This is advice for everybody – not just ladies – but bad guys pick on the least resistant victim. If they have the choice between a 6 feet 2 inches, 220-(pound) guy and a young lady, which one do you think they will pick? Especially if they are working alone, they will want to do it and get out of there quick,” Modispacher said.

One effective tool he suggested for women is pepper spray because it can be used from 10-20 feet away.

“If he gets into close contact, he has the ability to overpower you,” he said.

Modispacher said if residents have questions about assault prevention, or if groups would like him to speak to them, he can be reached at 782-9931.

“The more people who know how to prevent this sort of attack, the better off we all are,” he said.

If someone is attacked, Modispacher advised calling deputies immediately. A deputy patrolling in the area would be able to get to the scene in minutes. Just 20 minutes later, however, deputies would have little chance of finding the attacker, Modispacher said.