Not sure about city safety? Self-defense training can help

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Olivia Pahl

University of Alabama students and Tuscaloosans are on high alert after five reported robberies on and near campus in less than a week.

Several UA students said that although they normally feel safe on campus, they never walk alone at night. When this is unavoidable, UA second year Sarah Marker follows this advice.

“If I have to, I’ll definitely call a friend while I’m walking just to feel like I’m with someone else even though I don’t have anyone next to me,” Marker said.

UA senior Chet Wiltshire said the University of Alabama Police Department is doing a great job of keeping students, faculty and staff informed and safe.

“It’s unfortunate what happened, but we also get updates from campus whenever incidents occur,” Wiltshire said. “We are informed of where they occur and if there is a description, who to look for.

If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, the best advice is also the simplest, said Moises Carrasco, co-head coach of US Top Team MMA.

“Step away,” he said. “It’s the best way. Go out and find help.

If a potential attacker gets too close, that’s when self-defense training comes in handy. Carlos Andres, co-head coach of the US Top Team MMA team, said being prepared for these potential situations is vital.

“Get involved in the self-defense community,” Andres said. “It’s the best way to learn. Go to the internet, search for self defense.

You can learn more about American Top Team here. The Tuscaloosa Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies regularly offer self-defense classes, as do other gyms and fitness centers.

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