BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In 2021, numerous families across East Baton Rouge grieved as the city experienced a total of 170 homicides.

This year, violent crime is still a concern, which leads many to wonder what steps they can take to protect themselves.

Local law enforcement agencies frequently issue safety reminders that can help. These include tips on how to avoid becoming a target of a home/vehicle burglary, carjacking, or mugging.

But there’s yet another step that can be taken when it comes to personal safety.

According to an article from Lifehack, taking a self-defense class can not only help a person fight off an attacker, but it can build confidence, improve self-discipline, and have an all-around positive influence on a person’s life.

In regards to the benefits of taking a self-defense class, the article says it’s, “A great way to protect yourself and grow confidence in yourself, ultimately molding you into a better person.”

Women in the capital area who’d like to try one such class during the month of September may be interested in joining a free session helmed by the LSU Police Department.

The ‘Equalizer Women’s Self-Defense Class’ will be held Thursday, September 15 from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on LSU campus at the UREC on South Campus Drive.

Click the button below to submit a request to join the class. Seating is limited, so not all who request to participate will be able to join.

Click here to view a variety of general safety tips provided by LSU.