Preventative Measures of Self Defence
A lot of attacks can simply be prevented by not putting yourself into a dangerous situation in the first place. Using your common sense is the key. Below in no particular order are some tips to help you stay safe:
- Especially when you are in unfamiliar areas stay in high visibility spots and main strips. An opportunist thief is not likely to strike where there could be a lot of witnesses.
- Attackers are more likely to attack when you are alone, it’s a fact. So never walk home alone, down dark alleys or unfamiliar areas.
- Never walk home by yourself after a night out, even if you know the route and are comfortable.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and start to recognise possible dangers. If you are out on a night and sense trouble then simply move on.
- When you are out always let at least one person know where you are going and who you are going with.
- Travel routes you know. If you are in unfamiliar territory get a taxi. Also avoid deserted places such as car parks and bus stations.
- Avoid verbal confrontations.
- Don’t carry a lot of money altogether and if you do could up against someone wanting your belongings simply give them to them. Risking an injury for jewellery or change is pointless, so be sensible.
- Use positive body language. Bullies and attackers pray on the weak, so don’t act like one and they may think twice. Walk with your head up and be confident. Also look alert and be alert and aware of your surroundings, this is often hampered by alcohol.
- Most people who like to go out consume alcohol. Alcohol lessens your awareness and slows your reactions and senses. Having a good night out means you come home safe with all your friends intact so be sensible. If you want to drink more than normal every now and then stay home or go to a friend’s house somewhere where you feel safe and can relax.
- If you are in your car always lock your doors, especially in towns and cities.