BISMARCK, N.D. - Maybe you're doing some late-night Christmas shopping, or you're just distracted by the lists of gifts you need to get.
Sounds odd, but during the holidays, you're at higher risk of being attacked.
The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) is hosting self defense courses around the state to teach people how to be safe.
Both by teaching them how to recognize a threatening situation, and how to escape an attacker.
All of the moves in the class are designed to buy you time to get away.
"Parking lots are where people are abducted more than any other area, and so, one of the worst things you can do is have your head down, texting and looking at your cell phone as you're walking across a parking lot," said Don Moseman, NDSC training director.
Classes will be held in Fargo on Dec. 7 and in Bismarck on Dec. 11.
To sign up please visit the North Dakota Safety Council's website on this page.