With a violent crime commited every 22.1 seconds it has never been more necessary to be prepared for the unthinkable. While your personal safety can never be guaranteed, it is important to know what potential attackers look for when selecting a potential target. These are vulnerability, accessibility and availability. When you are prepared and aware of your surroundings, you reduce your accessibility and availability. With this in mind, you drastically reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
- Always be aware and know what is going on around you at all times. Vigilance alone can deter a potential attacker. Remember that they rely on the element of surprise. If the attacker cannot surprise you, they will be less likely to target you.
- Whenever possible avoid potentially dangerous areas such as poorly lit parking lots and streets. Again, most attackers rely on surprising their victims. There is no better place for this to occur than an area where you cannot see them.
- Carry a cell phone and some type of safety device such as flashlight, stun gun, pepper spray, etc in situations where poorly lit areas cannot be avoided. Have your keys in hand and your safety device in the other when walking to your car in a pooly lit parking lot. Many people who carry a safety device such as pepper spray or stun gun have reported an extra sense of awareness. This alone can prevent an assault as it is more difficult for an attacker to surprise someone who is extra keen of their surroundings.
- If they unthinkable should happen and you are confronted by a robber, do not resist and comply with their demands. Keep your communication short and simple and whatever you do, do not argue. If you carry a safety device, be smart about using it. Do not even think of using it if you have a gun pointed at you. The best time to use such as device is when you are being physically assaulted. That is assaults that do not involve a weapon. Pay close attention to the attacker, try to remember as many details about them as possible, such as their height, skin tone, clothing, weapon used, etc. This will become invaluable when reporting the incident to the police.
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