|There are many ways to become a victim of a
violent crime, but thankfully there are many, many more ways
of avoiding violent crimes. Owning a good self defense weapon
is a good start. Self defense weapons are very
inexpensive and easy to use. Any number of personal
guns or pepper
sprays are a great way to fend off attackers. All of
these products mentioned above work with the pull of a pin or
the push of a button to make for very fast reaction
One big way of avoiding violent crimes is to simply stay
alert. Most attacks happen when you least expect it or when
you are simply not paying attention. You should always try to
stay one step ahead. Be aware of your surroundings, where you
are going, and try not to go anywhere alone at night.
There are many things to think about as far as staying safe
and it is a major concern for many people. I want you to
remember the following tips to help prevent these things from
happening to you. Remember, there are a lot more issues at
hand, but these are definately big ones.
- Use initials instead of first names on mailboxes and
- Avoid remaining alone in an apartment laundry room or
- Never admit on the telephone or at the door that you are
- It is risky to accept a ride home from someone you have
- If you decide to physically resist assault, remember
that your goal is to incapacitate the attacker long enough
to run to safety and get help.
- If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please
remember to call the police immediately. Do not bathe or
change clothes or you may destroy evidence.
- Avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts of money
- Always think ahead. For example, when traveling at
night, have your keys ready to enter the house or to start
- If you are confronted by a robber, the best advice is to
- If you resist, there is a greater chance that you may be
ATM Bank Machines
- When using an automatic bank teller, always be watchful
of any suspicious people around you. Please see my article
Safety I have written for more in depth
information regarding this topic.
- The chances of being robbed at night are much greater,
especially if you are alone.
- If you find someone waiting and watching outside in the
area of an ATM machine, do not use it. Leave the area and
report the incident to the police immediately. You could
save someone else from being a victim of crime.
Street Safety-Use Common Sense
- Stay in well-lighted areas. Avoid walking alone and
avoid known trouble spots.
- When you carry a purse, hold it close to your body
rather than by the handles. Do not wrap your purse straps
around your wrist, because you can get hurt in a struggle
by doing this.
- Carry only what you need in a purse or wallet, not
everything that you have.
- Avoid using shortcuts through dark alleys, fields, or
- If you think you are being followed, cross the street
and change directions a few times. Go quickly to a
well-lighted place with lots of people. Do not go home.
You do not want an attacker to know where you live.
Again, there are a lot of different types of crimes out
there, violent or not, but if you follow these simple tips you
will be better off than a lot of people. The biggest tip of
all is to be alert. Be sure that you know what is around you
at all times including people, hiding places, cars and even
getaway areas. Always try to know what you are going to do
ahead of time. Now, I know this may be hard to do, but try and
think of some obvious situations that seem to occur a lot on
the news and think about what you might do if you were in that
circumstance. In sports you are always being told to
"visualize the play before it comes to you." Well,
this is kind of the same thing.
If you have kids, especially girls, be sure to keep them
aware of everything and talk to them on what to do in case of
an emergency. Be sure that they know not to talk to strangers
and definately do not get in the car with somebody they do not
know, no matter what they are told. It is better to be rude to
a person that you do not know is aware of you and is actually
there to help then to be kidnapped and turn the situation into
something worse than it needs to be.
It never hurts to be too prepared. You will thank yourself
when or if the time ever comes, and so will your loved ones.
About the Author:
Adam Walls is the owner of 919 Security, an online self
defense products store that specializes in self defense
products, home safety products, and much more. http://www.919security.com
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