SELF-DEFENSE AWARENESS TIPS
Posted: November 03, 2016
The first and probably most important component in self-defense is awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attackers. The criminal’s primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise.
1. Look where you're going. Check out the gas station, ATM, etc. before you pull up/go in so you don't become part of a stickup in progress.
2. Wake up. Turn off your iPod/iPhone etc. when out in public. Don't jog with earphones.
3. Maintain a Personal Comfort Zone. No stranger or hostile relation is allowed to get closer than 5 feet to you without vetting or permission. Period. Practice a relaxed, non-threatening listening stance you can explode from.
3b. Just Say No. Never accept offers of help from strangers ("can I carry your packages?"). If things feel wrong, run away screaming.
4. Walk wide around building corners. Don't get jumped.
5. React. Practice a high-speed flinch response in the event you're surprised by a sound, movement or touch.
6. Watch your drink. Someone could slip a knockout drug in your cocktail. Typical abduction.
7. No stranger gets in your house. Ever. Don’t open the door to strangers,
specially at night.
8. Flat tire in a bad neighborhood? Drive on your rims. New wheels are a small price to pay for avoiding a violent car jacking.
9. People give you a bad feeling as you walk down a street? Make eye contact Look assertive. Walk down a different street. GET LOUD.
10. You're being mugged for your money. Don't fish around in your purse/wallet for bills. Be cooperative. Give them your whole wallet (prepare a separate "mugging" wallet with a few dollars).
11. Never go to crime scene #2. If all they want is money, fine. But if they want to take you somewhere, make your stand and fight for your life.
12.Avoiding a car-jacking. Lock all doors and keep windows up when driving. Most carjackings take place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle (in the blind spot), and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat.
13. Safety in cyberspace. Although the Internet is educational and entertaining, it can also be full of danger if one isn’t careful. When communicating on-line, use a nickname and always keep personal information such as home address and phone number confidential. Instruct family members to do the same. Keep current on security issues, frauds, viruses, etc. by periodically referring to “The Police Notebook” Internet Safety Page.
Self-defense training is always your best option. What if the unthinkable happens? Be prepared. Self-defense classes will give you the ability to protect yourself and overcome an attacker. Knowing how to defend yourself can help you feel less anxious in public, or fearful when walking alone in the night. You will learn the basics of how to quickly disable and protect yourself from an attacker so that you can escape.