ABC’s of Protection: A’sJuly 26th, 2022
Be aware of your surroundings, look for exits in case of an emergency, become a people watcher, learn to read body language. 90% of self-protection is about self-awareness. Before a situation presents its self-think about what you might do to protect yourself or your children. If you are face with a situation DON’T PANIC, quickly analyze the situation and move.
This is the baseline in America.
• Unaware, “tuned out” – listening to music, texting, talking on a cell phone, – they don’t see danger coming
• People watching – in a relaxed state being aware of your surroundings.
• Identifying exits, possible weapons this condition allows you to be proactive. this condition is not being on edge or having a hair trigger but allows you to execute a plan of action prior to a situation.
• It is what happens when something has made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. – it could be something that your subconscious mind has picked up that your conscious mind hasn’t. This is the time for flight, get out of there if possible.
• When something has triggered you and you have gone from orange to red, – running or giving in are not options, – you move into condition red, which is the fight
• Avoid dangerous situations, areas, & people
• Use your voice if confronted
• Keep your distance
• Keep your eyes on him at all times
• Make sure he knows you see him and can identify him
• Snap shot – how tall is he- color eyes, clothing – jewelry
• Keep your head up
• Don’t shuffle your feet or use a “lazy” walk. Pick up your feet and move like you know where you are going, and that you have a purpose in going there
Confidence is projected through your body language, and how you verbally deal your attacker
• Use physical force and commit to what you are about to do, your life might depend on it
- 80% of assaults are blitz attacks, from the rear or blindside
- 10% of assaults are frontal – the predator wants to see the fear on your face
- 10% of assaults are lures, they lure you into a false sense of security or just close enough to physically overtake you, and remove you to the secondary location
5 Common Places where Women are Attacked or Abducted from
- Grocery Store Parking Lots – ask for assistance with your groceries if alone or late at night
- Office Parking lots/ Garages – ask for security escort, a vast majority will be happy to do so
- Stairwells – Go in groups or ask for an escort
- Public Restrooms – Don’t go alone if possible
- Rest Stops – Stop at gas station instead of rest stops
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS, If you see any odd behavior, PAY ATTENTION. Feel Like Your Being Followed? There is a good chance you are.
If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look him in the face and ask him a question, like “What time is it?” or make general small talk. Now that you’ve seen his face and could identify him in a line-up, you lose appeal as a target.
If he grabs you by the arm, grab him back and drop to his legs and wrap your legs around his leg (just one of his legs and sit criss cross, hold on as tight as you can) pull your head on the inside of his thigh, you can then bite and do an upward groin strike.
• Keep Alert
• Don’t stop to talk – Make eye contact and keep moving
• Become a people watcher and learn body language
• Keep your car & house doors locked
• Keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full at all times to avoid running out of gas or having to stop at a gas station that doesn’t look safe