Mountainburg Police To Host Self-Defense Class For Women Friday

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MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Officers with the Mountainburg Police Department are hosting a self-defense class for women Friday evening (Feb. 19th). The class comes after a number of women in town came forward, asking for such a training to be offered.

Officers said they plan to review things such as how to always be aware of your surroundings as well as how to properly use both a taser and pepper spray. Officers will also demonstrate how you can get yourself out of a variety of dangerous situations.

Studies show the more resistance women put up front, the less likely they are to become a victim. Mountainburg Police Chief Vincent Clamser says the best thing anyone can do is scream as soon as the attack starts.

“Being attacked is a general fear to most people,” Chief Clamser said. “They don’t want to be a victim. This is something we can do proactively to stop that. Normally we are responding in these types of situations but in this case we want to be proactive and prevent crime from happening.”

Robin Peters, who lives in Mountainburg, told 5NEWS she’s happy the class is being offered.

“I think something needs to be done to make people more aware,” Peters said. “They need to stop looking down at their electronic devices and be more aware of their surroundings.”

The self-defense class will begin at 6 p.m. at Mountainburg City Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend.