When we turn on the news, we see the violence all around us. With a rise in robberies, assaults, kidnappings, and murders on the rise, there are several things that we can do to be safe. Safety starts with preparation. The first suggestion is to take a self-defense class. Secondly, install a home alarm system. There are several companies to look into including ADT, Front Point, Protect America, and now even Xfinity has an alarm system.
Several are available to the public. These serve two purposes. First, they will help you to have some tools that may keep you from being a victim. If you have to fight, you have at least some skills. Although, you should not fight your opponent unless you are sure you will win. The other benefit is that it gives you confidence and self-control to face your opponent without showing fear. When we are paralyzed with fear, we are out of control and shut down. When that happens, we are a victim. Those who would do harm are looking for two things.
First of all, they are looking for value. If criminals see you counting large amounts of cash, an expensive watch, chain or iPhone that they want, that makes you a potential target. Keep those things hidden from sight. Roll up the windows in your car, lock the doors and hide electronics, so they are not visible. Don’t flash your wealth or the appearance of wealth. Maybe, you think that you are not wealthy. If you have it and someone else wants it, you are wealthy. If they don’t see your valuable goods, they will never steal them.
Be alert. Always be aware of your surroundings. As you walk down the street, roll your shoulders back, raise your head. While walking, don’t text, read or use earphones. You want to be aware of who and what is around you. If you see someone following you, then walk toward an area where there are people and light.
Maybe a mall, perhaps a gas station. Look for others. If they are going to do you harm, they do not want witnesses. If you see a guy or a group of guys in front of you just standing around and looking like danger, and you are walking toward them, cross the street. Robbing someone from a distance is hard. Be friendly. Take a friend with you when you travel if possible.
People who are alone are considered easy or soft targets. If you are alone, there are no witnesses, and you are more vulnerable than if you are traveling in a group. Avoid direct eye contact, which may be regarded as a threat. Look at the people around you. If they think you can pick them out in a police line-up, they are less likely to bother you. If you don’t see them, then they know that you will not recognize them in a police line-up. Friendly is good.
Flirting is not If someone flirts with you, speak, then keep walking. If someone thinks you are interested, they may pursue. Confidence is the most valuable tool you have to keep you safe. Your paranoia and fear compete with distractions to be that of your potential opponent.