Tips on what to do if attacked while serving papers in the field:
- If you have never taken any martial art classes or lack any real self-defense training, here are some tips if you ever you find yourself in a situation where you feel an assault is imminent:
Quickly size up the attacker to gauge level of aggression and look for any possible weaknesses.
- Do not lose eye contact and never turn your back. Not seeing the attack is the worst thing to do.
- Maintain a confident and calm demeanor, as you attempt to talk down the aggression. You want to avoid a physical altercation at all costs.
- If subject calms down, walk away slowly and leave the vicinity.
- If subject attacks…
- Stay alert, maintain your posture and keep your eyes on the aggressor at all times. Take a defensive stance- stay centered, balanced, dominate leg in front and most your weight on back leg, while staying light on your feet. Position your hands slightly below eye level, approximately 12 to 14 inches from your face and prepare for strikes.
- If you have martial arts training, great! If you don’t have martial arts training, continue to maintain your posture and do not fall down. If you fall down, get up immediately while protecting yourself. Serious injury can occur on the ground, especially if you are not looking.
- If you are struck, decide whether or not a proportional response is needed. If you can handle the attack, keep hands up, protect your face. But if you are getting injured, defend yourself by striking back. There are simple and effective techniques you can use to thwart your attacker, depending on severity. Strikes to the nose, throat, groin or solar plexus can stun the attacker long enough to escape. If attacker is causing serious injury, find or create a weapon. Keys, belt or anything close by can help avoid severe injury.
- Maintain your posture and composure long enough to either escape or until help arrives.
- Report the attack to the authorities.
- Seek medical attention.
- Report assault to CALSPro, NAPPS, and PAAPRS in order to raise awareness
Do not put yourself in the above predicament without any type of self-defense training. Enroll in a class as soon as possible to learn rudimentary skills and gain experience. It can make all the difference. There are a wide array of martial art disciplines to choose from including Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Karate, Judo, and Tae Kwon Do. Self-defense classes are regularly offered at many gyms, community centers, and community colleges. Perhaps take an early evening class during the week before going out serving? Remember we are never too old or too young to start training!
Commercial Process Service
(Speaking from experience and from being physically attacked while serving)