Recent murders of young college women highlights need for personal safety

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 6:14 PM CDT
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The murder of an Iowa State student on an Iowa golf course along with the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbets raises new concerns about personal safety.

When it comes to protecting yourself Jeanelle Westrom, owner of Davenport Guns says she always tells women it's all about attitude. The way you walk, talk, and act.

“Criminals want victims that look like victims. They don't want somebody that looks like they know how to defend themselves, said Westrom.

Westrom says her goal is to teach people how to protect themselves. Whether that's through buying a gun, mace, or taking self-defense classes.

“It's about how to be smart in this day and age with everything going on around us. Don't walk like this on your phone in a parking lot,” said Westrom.

Westrom says there's also other basic tools to use for people who don't want to resort to using a gun.

“There's pepper spray, there's personal alarms, there's Tasers. There’s all sorts of things available that we have access to that we can use to defend ourselves that's a non-lethal option,” said Westrom.

Although no one can pretend what kind of danger they will encounter, Westrom says taking classes and knowing other ways to protect yourself can make a difference.

“It's a skill you need to develop and it's a skill you need to maintain,” said Westrom.

Westrom says although she's not a parent herself, she advises people that have young children at university’s to be aware of their surroundings and people around them.

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