All year as we have been experiencing higher than normal crime rates, a thought has been in the back of our collective minds… “Its not even Christmas yet”.
Well, its that time again.
Traditionally crime peaks around the holiday season. Based on the year we have had, this holiday will be no different.
So with that in mind I’ve been thinking about some things we can do to remain safe and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
- Be Aware: awareness is your first line of defense. The criminal’s primary strategy is to use the advantage of surprise. Studies have shown that criminals are adept at choosing targets who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. Avoid talking on the phone, Texting, wearing head phones etc.
- Trust Your Instincts: “Sixth sense.” “Gut instinct.” Whatever you call it, your intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us, especially women, have this gift. Although you may feel stupid if wrong, trust your instincts if a situation or person seems “wrong”. Better safe than sorry.
- Valuables: Ideally sling your bag over your body with the fastenings towards you. Distribute your valuables about your person; don’t make you bag something to fight for, or better yet don’t carry a bag at all. Additionally don’t leave bags in your vehicle… duh, right 🙂
- Children: Try and avoid taking young children into busy shopping areas. If it is unavoidable make sure they know what to do if they lose you, eg. Tell the nearest counter assistant that they are lost and NEVER leave a shop without you.
- Escape: Always your best option. What if the unthinkable happens? You are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him–be it in a car, or into an alley, or a building. It would seem prudent to obey, but you must never leave the primary crime scene. You are far more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you go with the predator than if you run away (even if he promises not to hurt you). Run away, yell for help, throw a rock through a store or car window–do whatever you can to attract attention. And if the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them one way while you run the other.
- Fight: despite all your efforts you may still find your self in a confrontation. Be aware, if that fails, try to escape, if that fails you have to fight. Attack viciously and with everything you have, you may get only one chance. Go for the Eyes, then the groin. Other sensitive areas include the throat, knees and instep. Remember only fight if your life is in danger, everything else is replaceable.
These are some major safety tips that you should consider all year round not just during the holiday season. Don’t allow yourself to become a victim.
Do you think you’re more likely to be robbed during the Holidays? What precautions do you take personally?
Add specifics to the list and help others with your personal safety tips!
Here I’ll get started
I avoid going to convenience stores during evening/after dark hours.
eg. you’re on the way home from work and decide to pick up something from the local mart on the way. These places generally have less security and are prime targets for robbers!