If you are unfortunate enough to be held at knife point, the first thing is to give 'em what they want - wallet, phone, whatever - your life is much
more important than material items. All of them can be replaced.
I have long hair, wear a chain, and I look directly at everyone who passes me. Wearing gorey band shirts also probably helps .
I would agree that confidence is very important. Stand tall, walk with authority and presence. I don't think it's a good idea make eye contact with
that you pass however. You don't want to over do it.
Avoiding confrontations is a must. If someone starts pushing you around, tell them to stop in a loud, clear voice. Make it clear that you don't want
any trouble. Your voice, if used correctly is a powerful tool. Make lots of noise if necessary.
If they persist and begin to attack you, you can either run, defend yourself against them or retaliate. The latter is usually a bad idea, but in some
situations you may have no choice but to retaliate.
If they are armed, run as fast as you can. If they are not armed, my advice would be to let them make the first move. It sounds risky, I know, but
it's equally risky to make the first move yourself.
If they throw a punch, try to take a step back and grab their arm. The rest is obvious. Do whatever you can to get them to the ground, but only do
what is necesary.
As for weapons, don't carry one. Remember, it could end up being used against you. However, you won't be imprisoned for carrying a pencil, or a
bunch of keys, but both are effective weapons.
Another thing, don't stay at home worrying. It will not help. From what I have seen, most knife victims are targetted for a reason.
The chances are it won't happen to you... but it is best to be prepared.
[edit on 8-7-2008 by JH80]