- Carry yourself with confidence and intent.
Keep your head up and stride with purpose. Strong body language
is a powerful deterrent.
- Do not walk in public in a distracted,
angry, or otherwise self-absorbed state of mind. This behavior
severely impairs your awareness.
- Do not walk, jog, or bike while wearing
- Never flash large rolls of money or
expensive jewelry in public.
- Survey your surroundings before using an
ATM machine. Do not hesitate to use the “cancel” button if
you feel uncomfortable. Do not use any ATM that isn’t well-lit
and in plain view to the public.
- Lock your car when driving. Carjackers and
“red-light robbers” prefer cars that are unlocked.
- Keep your keys and ID separate.
- Before entering a store or gas station at
night, check the surroundings. If you see someone or something
suspicious, move on. Never question your intuition.
- Avoid secluded restrooms such as those in
the mall at the end of long hallways, or unlocked gas station
restrooms that are located “‘round back.” Restrooms in
department stores, restaurants, or supermarkets are preferable.
- Always wear comfortable shoes when out on
Handle Predators if Accosted
- Your voice is your primary weapon. The last
thing the predator wants is a fuss. Screaming ANYTHING will halt
the attack in many cases, or at least buy you a few more seconds
while they consider whether there might be easier prey.
- As a general guideline, do not resist
muggers, burglars, or other predators that are only after a bit
of material gain.
- Keep in mind, however, that approximately
one in five robbers seeks more than just material gain—they
may want to hurt you as well. If something more than property is
at stake, you may have to fight to defend yourself. It is at
times like these when proper self-defense training becomes
- If the predator displays a gun, knife,
baseball bat or other such weapon, scream and run as fast as you
can. Putting distance between you and the assailant gives you
protection against weapons. If it is a gun, run in a crooked
line and look for cover.
- According to almost every federal and local
crime statistic, assaults and murders are most often committed
by lovers, friends and family members for the sake of love,
money, or petty arguments. If you find yourself in or near a
heated argument, turn around and LEAVE.
- Keep yourself in good physical condition.
Predators tend to avoid people who look like they can take care
- In addition, sound physical condition will
place you in a much better position should you ever need to run
- Enroll in self-defense classes often. Take
several classes from different instructors.
- Consider enrolling in a martial arts school
or boxing gym. You will gain all-important confidence that will
drive most predators away before they attack. Styles such as
Karate and Tae Kwon Do usually offer sparring and a heavy
sport-orientation combined with martial philosophy. Aikido and
Tai Chi offer brilliant fighting technique and a peaceful
philosophy, but take many years to master. Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and
grappling schools offer realistic, street-oriented technique.
Before you choose a school, observe a few classes at different
“dojos” or training halls. Find small schools with friendly,