Mugged at work

Mugged at work

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    Mugged at work

    My fiancee works at a moderately sized accounting firm in North Dallas, and recent events have given us both cause for concern as to her safety.

    Her building is rather large (20 stories) and is in a highly populated area along a major highway and has an attached parking garage. It seems like once a month or more she comes home from work with a story about how someone was robbed on the way to their car after hours. Recently one of her coworkers was robbed at gunpoint in the parking garage on her way back from lunch by some brazen thief who forced her to drive him around to the front of the building where he made his escape!

    I am very concerned since they often work long hours, especially during tax season, and she has to walk to her car in the evening when most of the building and parking garage is deserted.

    We have often discussed the possibility of her getting a concealed carry permit and buying a handgun for defense, but the building she works in doesn't allow firearms of any kind inside. I imagine this is because there is a bank on the ground floor and a large diamond brokerage firm on the top two floors, but in my mind that only heightens the danger and need for protection for everyone else.

    I am at a loss as to what to do in this situation. Her and her coworkers are careful to leave the building in groups when possible, but in my mind there is a limit to how effective this kind of practice is, not to mention the times when the might not be anyone else around.

    Any advice from the members here would be greatly appreciated!


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    At the very least, I'd be carrying OC or some other pepper spray very prominently. 99% of robbers will wait for an easier target.

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    The very first thing I would do is get her some pepper spray to carry. No license is require, EXTREMELY little training on how to operate it.

    Is the building posted with a 30.06 sign?

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    Sorry to hear that, but welcome.
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    If this is happening once a month, why isn't management doing something to beef up the security? In the mean time, pepper spray, taser, stun gun, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNinjaGo View Post
    The very first thing I would do is get her some pepper spray to carry. No license is require, EXTREMELY little training on how to operate it.

    Is the building posted with a 30.06 sign?
    Unfortunately it is posted. She also does have pepper spray in her purse, but that does not make me at all comfortable considering that people are being robbed at gunpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sir View Post
    If this is happening once a month, why isn't management doing something to beef up the security? In the mean time, pepper spray, taser, stun gun, etc.
    I don't know, but I suspect it is one of the reasons that their company is planning on switching leases to a different building sometime next year. Until then

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    is there a security presence at the building?...a concern should be expressed to human resources immediately...the company may make arrangements for security escorts...

    otherwise it would be smart for your wife to get together with others and leave in small groups...the chances of being approached in a group is less than individual...the arrangements could be made easily using company bulletin boards or email...human resources may even participate by helping inform the other employees...

    a non-lethal form of self defense should also be employed immediately...stun gun, oc spray, and asp is not a bad idea...hitting somebody with oc buys time...time that can be used to take them out at the knees and hands with an asp....its easy to conceal and very effective...

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    In the meantime, I agree, they need to hire a damn armed guard for the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladenbullet View Post
    asp is not a bad idea...hitting somebody with oc buys time...time that can be used to take them out at the knees and hands with an asp....its easy to conceal and very effective...
    I had not considered that, I'll have to check them out.

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    ...or it buys you time to run like hell, which is probably more advisable.

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    I have a similar problem. I'm a woman, and there have been a rash of robberies, rapes, and beating happening on campus. My university does not allow firearms or knives on campus (not even an unloaded locked gun in the trunk!).

    So, here are a couple things I'm doing/considering:

    Women's self-defense course. I need the tools to be able to fight off someone who is larger/stronger than me.
    Pepper spray. That should be good enough to get me a good distance away from the attacker.
    Baton. They make these telescoping batons that are surprisingly easy to carry (make sure it's not considered concealed carry in TX).
    Defensive key tools. I can't have a knife, but there is nothing preventing me having a dull spike on my keys. You wife should be walking to her car with her keys in hand anyway, so have he make a fist around her keys with the spike between two knuckles. A couple strong jabs to the eyes, throat, gut ought to slow him down enough for her to get away.

    Good luck to ya.
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    An ASP is a terrible idea. It takes a lot of training and understanding to use of effectively. Used improperly, you a can easily kill someone you don't intend to including yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    An ASP is a terrible idea. It takes a lot of training and understanding to use of effectively. Used improperly, you a can easily kill someone you don't intend to including yourself.
    What is asp??
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    ^^^^Maybe she means one of those little wooden stick things? Starts with a K. kubatuon? Maybe. Agree on Batons though, hard to use, even harder to get quality training with one. The guy they sent us still advocated hitting large muscle groups.

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