Refuse To Be
A Victim - Awareness, Avoidance, Confidence
Knowing how to defend yourself is great, and it is something
that everybody should learn how to do. Avoiding being attacked
altogether, however, is even better, and of course, it is safer.
When it comes to potential crime there is one essential rule --
refuse to be a victim. The fact is that if you look like a
victim, you are more likely to become one. So, how can you avoid
looking like and becoming a victim?
Many of us spend our spare moments looking at our tablets and
smart phones, talking on the phone, or even relaxing with our
MP3 players and headphones. While all of these devices are
wonderful, they can distract us from what is happening around
us. When you are out and about, your surroundings need your
attention more, and if you have headphones on, you won't hear
any "out of the ordinary" noises. Put off using these devices
until you are in an area where you really are safe and can
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Changing a few habits, and doing without distractions can save
your life! Awareness, avoidance, and confidence are a few
of your best self defense tools that you already have and won't
cost you anything except time to adapt and let them become your
second nature. Here are some additional tips to help you
to avoid becoming a victim:
First, avoid places where an attack may
occur without notice by others. This includes dark streets
and alleys, abandoned parking lots, and other
under-populated areas. If you must venture into such areas,
make sure that you do not go alone.
Be aware of your surroundings, and listen
to your gut instincts. Safety is not always convenient.
Criminals don't like to be noticed, and if they realize that
you are paying close attention to your surroundings, they
are more likely to go away and look for another victim. If
you must go out of your way to avoid putting yourself in
danger -- do so! No appointment or destination is more
important than your safety and your life.
Women: If there is a great deal of
walking involved to reach your destination, wear shoes that
you can run in, and carry those sling back heels in your
bag. It's hard to get away from an attacker in high heels.
Avoid flashing things that may be of
great interest to a thief. This includes electronic devices,
purses, wallets, and jewelry. This doesn't mean that you
can't carry these items; it just means that you should be
discreet with them. You don't want these items to attract
Look people in the eye and acknowledge
them. Again, criminals don't want to be noticed. If you've
looked them in the eye, they know that you can identify
them, and they are most likely not going to attack.
Furthermore, when you look someone in the eye, you have a
better perception of what they are looking at themselves.
Always have a destination and a purpose
in mind -- or at the very least, look like you do. Those who
display self-confidence and purpose, instead of walking
obliviously along and looking down at their shoes, are
less likely to be attacked. Walk with your head held up --
not looking at the ground.
Always know your options. While you don't
want to look like a victim, you can't ever really let your
guard down. When you are walking along, always have an
escape plan in mind.
Trust your instincts. If your instincts
tell you that danger is near, it most likely is. Never
ignore your gut instincts or assume that you are just being
By changing a few habits and being more aware
of your surroundings, you can avoid being a victim.
Overall, use your common sense. If you feel like you are
venturing into dangerous territory, turn around and go back. If
you feel like you are being followed, get to a safe place as
fast as you can. If you are being watched, call for help or
change locations. Don't feel like you are being paranoid or
foolish. You are simply trying to avoid being attacked!
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