Some residents on edge following carjacking

Created: 08/18/2014 11:20 PM WHEC.com

Some residents are on edge while police continue to search for the three suspects who attacked a woman in the city.

Police say the woman was walking on South Goodman Street just after midnight on Monday when three men stopped her, took her keys and several other items and drove off in her car.

So should people who live in the neighborhood be concerned after this incident?

“I walk around now with pepper spray and a knife. I always have, but now I’m just extra cautious,” said Victoria Conners.

Conners says she’s not taking any chances. She says the carjacking, and some other recent incidents in the Goodman Street neighborhood, have made her feel insecure.

“Yeah, this is supposed to be a safe neighborhood, and I literally have to watch my back at night when I’m walking around,” Conners said.

Word has spread quickly through the neighborhood about what happened on South Goodman Street, but not everyone is afraid.

“It’s not generally something that I fear because I have a Rottweiler on my arm. That’s the reason I’m out at night. Generally, I don’t think too many people would come up and mess with me,” said Sara Shimmel, resident.

No matter how you feel about the neighborhood, Lynn Fulmore says what happened on South Goodman Street can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, especially in neighborhoods that are considered safe.

“We let our guard down because we think we’re in a safe neighborhood, and we’re really not,” said Fulmore.

Fulmore runs Epic Training, a company that specializes in emergency preparedness and safety. She says you can make yourself less attractive as a target by parking under a street light, keeping your keys in hand, leaving big packages in the trunk of your car and hanging up your cellphone.

“Be aware of your surroundings. Walking and talking or texting makes you an easy target,” Fulmore said.

Fulmore teaches women how to escape, not fight an attacker, and advises women to yell fire.

“Fire concerns us all. It puts me at risk. If nothing else, other people are going to look. You want some attention, and you want some eyes on you,” said Fulmore.

Fulmore teaches women it’s never about the fight, it’s about escaping. She says to forget the rules you learned in Kindergarten. She says to yell, and she says to bite because your teeth can be one of your greatest weapons. She also says to kick if you have to.

If you would like to learn more about Epic Training, click here or call 585-615-4379.

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