1) Try to avoid parking in parking garages that do not have full time security staff if possible
2) Try to park and walk on main roads that have plenty of lighting and traffic
3) If you have a choice of paths, do not walk close to a park or other unlighted sidewalks
4) Carry pepper spray or something similar that is legal where you live on your key chain and walk with your keys in hand or on wrist
5) Try to be on talking on the phone while walking anywhere you feel is unsafe and let them know your location
6) If you are grabbed and cannot practice any self defense techniques, simply fall and increase your dead weight. Try not to allow yourself to be walked and obviously scream for someone to call 911
Side note: if you are a witness to an event like this, do not simply backup and drive away. Get the license number and call 911 at an absolute minimum.
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Police investigating the videotaped abduction of a woman off of a Philadelphia street said that they have new leads including a surveillance photo of a man who used the woman’s bank card and new footage of the abduction
Police released their new leads in the startling kidnapping as the family of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither broke down.
Her mother pleaded through tears, “Please give me my child back. Please give her back, please give her back, please give her back.”
A reward totaling $42,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the abduction case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police today.
Police told ABC News that they believe they will be able to wrap up the case quickly.
The woman’s bank card was used at 6 a.m. Monday at a bank in Aberdeen, Maryland, about 70 miles south of Philadelphia. Police said they have surveillance video of the withdrawal and that it was made by a man wearing dark clothes.
Freeland-Gaither, 22, was grabbed off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Video of the attack shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside her assailant’s car and then being forced into his car, which police believe is a 2000-2002 gray Ford Taurus.
Police told ABC News today that there is footage from a second angle of the attack that they are analyzing for clues.
Witnesses said that after Freeland-Gaither was forced into the back of the car, they heard the car door shut and then heard breaking glass. Police believe the victim kicked out the rear window of the car in her desperation. Her glasses and cell phone were found on the street.
Police said that they do not know whether Freeland-Gaither knew her attacker.
“There is no indication either way. She never said a name,” said Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson. Police did not release the audio of the surveillance video.
The video that recorded a the kidnapping also caught on tape a car that pulled up and stopped, pointing its headlights at the man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.
Police said today they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.
As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video ends.
Philadelphia police told ABC News today that the driver was a witness and had been interviewed by police.
A second person seen running in the video has also been interview by police, Wilson said.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-548-4756. On Monday the Philadelphia police department asked the FBI for help in solving the case.
The article is entirely taken from: http://abcnews.go.com/US/philadelphia-abduction-video-shows-witness-car-backing/story?id=26677329