Personal security is a topic that is generally at the forefront of everyone’s mind, especially in the current social climate. Knowing how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your assets is not just a luxury, it is a necessity. While most property can be replaced, the same is not true of people, and can have a devastating effect on an individual’s mental health and sense of security. In this section, we are going to look at some of the basic personal safety tips you can use to increase your personal security:
· Prevent access – keep windows and doors locked, at home, in the office, and in the car. It can be difficult to form the habit if it is not already established, especially if you live and work in a safe neighborhood, but it only takes once for a tragedy to occur.
· Be aware of your surroundings – An estimated 3 in 1,000 people were victims of aggravated assault in 2015. Of these, 56% of women reported that they were either home or close to their home at the time of the assault. Comparatively, 43% of men reported that they were in a parking lot, commercial place, or other public area at the time of assault.
· Minimize leverage – try to reduce the number of places and things an attacker could use to grab you; women with long hair (up or down either one) are more likely to be attacked than a woman with short hair, simply due to a lack of handholds. Avoid long or dangling jewelry, such as earrings or nose rings that can be used to control your movements. Belt loops are also another place an attacker could grab to keep you from fleeing.
· Be prepared to defend yourself – we have all heard the adage of walking with your keys between your fingers; while this is certainly helpful if there are no other options, you don’t want to have to depend on having an arm free and good enough aim to manage to get away. Make sure to carry with you something you can use to defend yourself, such as pepper spray or a taser. If you prefer an option that is a bit more passive, an alarm that hangs on your keychain and can be activated quickly and easily is a good option. There are many personal protection items for sale, and a quick search will help you find one that suits your needs.
· Always check your backseat – as noted in tip 2, parking lots can be a hotspot for assaults. Make sure you check your backseat before getting into your car to verify there is no-one waiting to ambush you.
· Last resort – As a last resort, make sure that you always tell someone where you are going and that your cell phone’s tracking option is turned ON. Whether taken against your will, or forced into unconsciousness, having a way for loved ones and law enforcement to have an idea of where you were and the ability to track your whereabouts should be a priority. Even if your cell phone is thrown out or destroyed, they would be able to see where the signal stopped and canvas the area.
While these are just a few of the ways the average individual can help protect themselves, there is always a chance that things will move beyond the stage of ‘opportunity’. If you have been a victim of persistent and malicious activity by someone, you do have the option of hiring a bodyguard. While a good personal protection specialist can be an investment, it is without a doubt worth it for the peace of mind it brings to have a trained individual whose sole purpose is to keep you safe.
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