Sunday, May 15, 2011

Prevention Tips - Avoid Assaults

Assault Prevention Tips:

While becoming a victim of crime is never the fault of the victim, the National Crime Prevention Council has established the following list of practices that may help safeguard individuals from becoming victims of assault:

  • Stand tall and walk with confidence.
  • Watch where you are going and what is going on around you.
  • Walk along well-lit and busy streets.
  • Walk with friends.
  • Avoid shortcuts, dark alleys, deserted streets and wooded areas.
  • Know your neighborhood.
  • Identify police and fire stations, libraries, schools - as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.
  • Don't carry more money than you will need for the day, but do carry emergency change for a telephone call.
  • When you are out late at night, have a friend accompany you - don't go alone.
  • Also, let someone know where you will be going and when you will return.
  • Never hitchhike.
  • When driving, always park in well-lit places and lock your doors.
  • Before entering your vehicle, check for offenders hiding in the back seat or on the floor.
  • If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run to safety.

While these steps may do more to protect victims of assault by strangers, some are applicable to those assaulted by non-strangers. Finally, whether it is a stranger or non-stranger assault, it is important to report the incident to local law enforcement immediately. Crime prevention and awareness, as well as consistent reporting, may be the strongest defenses against becoming the victim of an assault.

It is my firm belief that awareness to potential assault situations is paramount in the process of prevention. It has been my experience that when confronted with possible assault/mugging situations that it has always been a surprise. One should always have their senses tuned razor sharp when living or working in areas with a high rate of violent crime. This is not to say that one should not be aware of their surroundings even in areas or situations that are more familiar. Excerpts from: The National Crime Prevention Council.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bold Rapist Makes Getaway

It doesn't matter where you reside. In the suburbs or the inner city, rape is an ongoing problem that is in the news every night.

Women can take measures to help insure their safety. One is to keep doors and windows locked. Another is to have these points of entry guarded by window alarms and room alarms. They are very affordable and are quite loud enough to wake you up if your home or apartment is entered.

Once the alarms are tripped, make sure to arm yourself with an effective self defense deterrent such as a gun, a telescopic steel baton or a good defense spray that won't contaminate your room, such as Mace pepper gel.

Call the 911 Emergency Hotline immediately and stay on the line giving the operator all of the information that's requested. If you see a stranger in you neighborhood that's acting suspiciously and seems to pose a possible threat. Call the Police immediately seeking advice and assistance. Stay Safe!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Self Defense By Deception

For anyone who has read this blog or my other blog, linked on the side navigation bar, you'll know that besides being a life-long martial arts practitioner, I believe that in a violent confrontation, you must always try and gain an edge when possible.

I believe that women should own and know how to use a hand gun, that they should be familiar with basic martial arts techniques. I also believe that a woman should be acquainted with, own and know how to use self defense products like Mace pepper spray, stun guns and kubotans - a.k.a. pocket sticks.

Taking it a step further, as in hand to hand combat, the element of surprise can give you a very distinct tactical advantage. In comes my favorite deterrent, pepper spray. Nothing like giving an attacker a face-full of pepper spray to allow you precious seconds to escape or mount a counter attack. My favorite hidden pepper spray is lipstick pepper spray. It looks innocent enough but contains 20 - 1/2 second bursts, and sprays up to 10 feet!

Then there's hidden stun technology like the Stun Master 1.2 million volt rechargeable pen stun gun with a high intensity LED flashlight which is a whopping amount of power in a small unit and also includes a built in flashlight, integrated charger and a free nylon holster!

It's just getting harder for the bad guys to catch a break anymore ladies. Your own primal self defense instincts along with a few solid kicks and strikes, coupled with a hidden self defense tool, just may be the combination of elements you'll need to keep yourself safe and unmolested. There's only a winner or a loser in a self defense encounter - do what it takes to insure that you're the winner!

Cheers, I'll be back with you again soon!