When it comes to potential crime there is one essential rule — don’t be a victim. The fact is that if you look like a victim, you are more likely to become one. So, how can you avoid looking like and becoming a victim? Here are seven tips to help you to avoid becoming a victim.
1. Always be aware of your surroundings. Criminals don’t like to be noticed, and if they realise that you are paying close attention to your surroundings, they are more likely to go away and look for another victim.
2. Look people in the eye and acknowledge them. Again, criminals don’t want to be noticed. If you’ve looked them in the eye, they know that you can identify them, and they are most likely not going to attack. Furthermore, when you look someone in the eye, you have a better perception of what they are looking at themselves.
3. Always have a destination and a purpose in mind — or at the very least, look like you do. Those who display self-confidence and purpose are less likely to be attacked. Walk with your head held up — not looking at the ground.
4. Always know your options. While you don’t want to look like a victim, you can’t ever really let your guard down. When you are walking along, always have an escape plan in mind.
5. Avoid places where crimes may easily happen. This includes dark streets, alleys and parking lots, and poorly populated areas. If these places cannot be avoided for some reason, go in armed with pepper spray, walk quickly, and pay attention to what is going on around you.
6. Trust your instincts. If your instincts tell you that danger is near, it most likely is. Never ignore your gut instincts or assume that you are just being paranoid.
7. Look up. We’ve all seen that person walking along the street looking at the phone oblivious to what’s going on around them. We may even have been that person. But ask yourself, who is easier to attack, the person looking down, or the person looking up? Attackers will choose the easier option, especially if that easy option is displaying an item of value and making it easier to take. So look up!
We hope these tips help. If you have any questions or would like to try out our classes please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.