There are certain cautions one should keep in mind to avoid being frightened or intimidated when venturing alone. For example, what you should do if approached by an attacker? Do not be another privacy invasion victim.
Fact is, we live in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is ever-present. Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone.
Brought out below is some guidance everyone should know about personal safety:-
BEING AWARE IS IMPORTANT
Self-defence does not entail knowing Martial Arts. Self-defence is precursor to any actual physical contact. Most important and first component in self-defence is awareness. Be aware of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies.
The criminals also use most important element of attack, surprise. They pick up a target that appears to be unaware of what is going on around them. So project a forceful presence to avoid altercations which are commonplace on the street.
USE OF SIXTH SENSE OR INSTINCTS
Intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us have this gift. There is need to pay attention to it. Trust this power for availing its full advantage. Also, avoid a person or situation where you don’t feel safe.
LEARN SELF DEFENCE
Martial arts studios are best to be avoided unless you want to learn those techniques and ready to commit for long-term period. These techniques are complex and unrealistic under the stress of an actual attack. The program you should pick up should include simulated attack, building up realistic scenarios to allow you to practice what you learn.
BEST OPTION IS- ESCAPE
Imagine you are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him — be it in a car, or into an alley, or a building. Obey, but you must never leave the primary crime scene. Run away and yell for help. Throw a rock at a store or car window. Attract attention. And if the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them away from you, while you run.
FIGHT WHILE YOU CAN
There may be a chance of physical confrontation. Always remember, you can and should defend yourself physically, even if you are not attacked first. Many of us worry that if attacker gets angry, he will hurt worse. The statistics clearly show that your odds of survival are far greater if you do fight back. Aim for the eyes first and the groin second. Remember, though, to use the element of surprise to your advantage — strike quickly, and mean business. You may only get one chance. Never depend on any self-defence tool or weapon to stop an attacker. Trust your body and your wits, which you can always depend on in the event of an attack.
CAR-JACKING CAN BE AVOIDED
Lock all doors and keep windows up while driving. Most car-jacking takes place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle which is a blind spot and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat
BE PREPARED DURING TRAVEL
Violent crimes happen in the best and worst hotels around the world. Predators may come in guise of a hotel employee. He may push his way through an open or unlocked door. He may be in possession of a pass key to the room. Never open your door unless you are certain the person on the other side is legitimate.
INTERNET SHOULD BE USED WISELY
Although the Internet is full of education and entertainment, it can also be full of dangers, if one isn’t careful. When communicating online, 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.
Enjoy your adventures!