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Surviving the Streets
In today’s society, crime or criminal intent is never far away. While nothing can guarantee that you will never become a victim of an assault, robbery ….or worse- there are a number of steps that you can take to make yourself less vulnerable.
1. Be AWARE of your surroundings. Avoid using headphones when you are on the street or using public transit so that you can recognize and react quickly to potentially dangerous situations.
2. Demonstrate assertive body language and walk with confidence and a sense of purpose. If you are unsure of someone’s intent, briefly make direct eye contact and maintain a sense of self-assurance. Potential assailants are more likely to prey on the weak, defenseless and timid.
3. Walk in well lighted, well- traveled areas. Avoid shortcuts through poorly lit parking lots, alleys and wooded areas.
4. Make sure that your cell phone is always charged, so that you can call for help in an emergency.Have 911 programmed into speed dial.
5. Don’t display cash or any other inviting targets such as cell phones, I-pods, tablets or expensive jewelry.
6. Park only in well lighted, highly visible areas near walkways, stores and people.
7. Have your keys out as you approach your vehicle or door-so you don’t have to stop and fumble in your purse or pockets.
8. If you think someone is following you, cross the street and quickly switch direction. If they still follow, move quickly to an open store, restaurant or lighted house and call for help.
9. Be prepared with personal safety devices such as pepper spray or a loud siren. If you have a cell phone, Zomm makes a bluetooth device with a panic button which activates a siren and automatically dials 911.
10. Fight or flight? It is always best to avoid confrontation. If someone tries to rob you-give up your property-not your life. If escape is not possible, attack the areas of greatest vulnerability-eyes, nose, throat, knees and groin. Consider a course in self-defense.
Personal Safety is not just a matter of good luck. By following the simple, street- savvy guidelines on our Top 10 Safety Tips, you can greatly reduce the risk of an incident and navigate the streets with confidence.