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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/20/09 10:14 PM 
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The Seven Keys to Personal Safety
Article by KidPower TeenPower FullPower International

1. Nurture Your Belief in Yourself
When you believe in yourself, you'll trust your wisdom and your strength. You'll trust your perceptions and you'll believe you have the right to your emotional and physical well-being. You're much more likely to do what you need to protect yourself.

2. Understand Reality — and FACE IT
When I first wrote this, I wrote just "understand reality". Then it occurred to me, almost like a blinding flash, that many folks understand reality, but don't really face it full on. Completely see and accept reality and you'll be miles closer to being safe and being in charge of your life.

3. Stay Aware
We might almost say "Stay awake." We're all often daydreaming, I think. Stay aware, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. This is really just the same as the idea of "being present" — leading not only to being safer, but potentially to greater enjoyment of the moment by moment experience of being alive.

4. Trust Your Intuition
I now always say in classes, "If you ignore or forget everything else I say today, remember this one thing… If your intuition is warning you, there IS something wrong. Trust it, and act to increase your safety." That's how strongly I believe in the importance of intuition. (Anyone who hasn't read Gavin de Becker's book "The Gift of Fear" on this really should.)

5. Develop Your Body's Language of Strength
Looking strong and confident makes you MUCH less likely to be targeted.

6. Set Boundaries
One woman, after doing our weekend Intensive, ended literally years of office harassment with a couple of sentences. I don't remember exactly the words she told us but it was something along the lines of, "That is degrading and offensive. It's harassment. I don't like it and no woman does. You - will - never - speak - to - me - like - that - again." (All spoken with 100% congruence and the eyes of cold fire.) We have heard so many times that a just a few words was all that was necessary to end a situation, be it harassment or potential attack.

7. Fight Back
Applying all your wisdom and the ideas above makes the possibility of attack much less likely. But it still might happen. And if it does, as we have said many times, there is only one way to fight — 100%. And remember, at that point you are not "defending" as such (in the sense of reacting to each of his attacking moves), you are now "counter-attacking" — completely taking control with a force of energy like a cross between a pit-bull mother defending her young, a grizzly bear, a tiger and a Klingon.

Don't hold back.
Don't hold back your caring and belief in yourself.
Don't hold back the wisdom of your awareness and intuition.
Don't hold back your strength and courage in your body, voice and fighting spirit.
Don't hold back.
If you let yourself go, you can take care of just about anything.

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  • Edited 12/20/2010 9:21 pm by EdGlaze
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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/25/09 1:00 PM 
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Avoiding Crime is No Accident!
Law Enforcement Alliance of America

General Points

Most attacks occur quickly and from a short distance, so it is imperative that you stay aware of your surroundings. Remain alert at all times, keep your head up and scan the area around you for any activity that appears threatening or suspicious.

If you see something that strikes you as odd or suspicious, trust your instincts and take steps to distance yourself from the situation before an attack begins.

Don't worry about what others may think. Your safety is your first and most important concern. For example, don't get on an elevator if you see someone inside who makes you feel apprehensive or uncomfortable. Simply turn away and catch a different elevator.

Effective defense does not come in a box. Taking care of yourself requires thought and planning and a commitment to keeping an eye on your surroundings. There is no single lock, flashlight or defensive tool that will make you magically safe, yet one or more of these elements may factor into a complete defensive plan. Preparation, anticipation and training all contribute to a more effective defensive capability.

Home Safety Tips

Action is quicker than reaction. If you find yourself in trouble, it may be too late to take proactive steps, so before a criminal comes to your home, be sure to:

Install quality dead bolts on all exterior doors… and use them.

Make sure that all outside areas are well lit.

Do not let strangers into your home. Workers are periodically needed to do work in your home. Insist on identification before allowing anybody into your house.

Develop a defensive strategy should you discover a threat in your house. This should include how you would respond to an intruder, to a fire, etc. You should consider routes of evacuation and reliable methods to call for assistance. If you have a family, you should all understand the same plan and know where to meet outside should an emergency arise.

  • Edited 1/3/2013 11:27 pm by EdGlaze

From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/25/09 1:01 PM 
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Car Safety

Many violent crimes take place on our roadways. A classic example is the bump-and-rob technique in which a criminal will cause a minor fender-bender to draw you out of your vehicle where you can be assaulted, robbed or both. If you are involved in a minor accident, stay in your car and keep your engine running; if a criminal attack is attempted you will be better positioned to escape. Exchange information from within your car, opening your window only enough to pass information back and forth.

  • Find your keys before you get to your car. Having your car key in hand will speed your entry into the vehicle.
  • As you approach your vehicle, keep an eye out for anyone loitering in the area around or under your car.
  • Before you enter your vehicle, scan the interior to make sure that nobody is hiding inside.
  • Always lock your doors, especially when driving.
  • Keep your windows up to prevent someone from reaching inside.
  • If attacked en route to your car, drop your valuables and your car keys and consider RUNNING AWAY! Make the attacker choose between you and your valuables.
  • A cell phone is an excellent tool to call for help. Buy one and carry it.


Resist or Comply?

The decision to run or fight is a difficult and very personal matter. As most assaults occur quickly, the decision to fight or flee should be made in advance when you can think clearly and logically. Regardless of what decision you make, you should think through your ability to succeed at either course of action. Recognize the ugly reality of criminal attack: no matter what course of action you choose, if you are attacked by a violent criminal there is always a chance you may be hurt or killed.

If you choose to run, prepare to be the best runner you can be. Runners place their entire safety on their ability to win a race to safety, so a head start is one of the few advantages you can hope for. The need to be alert and recognize a threat early on is absolutely critical to a successful evasion. You should wear shoes well-suited for running and of course, you should practice running. If you are not physically fit, this option may be severely limited.

If your plan is to call for help in times of trouble, make sure you have a means of being heard. Programming 911 as a speed-dial on your telephone can save precious seconds, and you should keep that phone at hand for immediate use. You will need to plan for what you do while waiting for help to arrive. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a cop within eyesight (typically not where violent crimes take place) you may have from several minutes to an hour or more before help can find you. No matter how hard they try, police must drive on the same traffic-clogged streets as the rest of us and getting to a specific location just takes time. In the meantime, you are likely to be on your own against the violent criminal.

If you choose to fight, react swiftly and aggressively. You must recognize that in any fight you may be injured and commit yourself to surviving. Sudden aggression may surprise or momentarily impact your attacker, potentailly creating a momentary opportunity to escape or gain control of the situation. Research shows that active resistance with a firearm is the most effective way to defend against a violent criminal attack. Some estimates indicate that over two million violent crimes a year are stopped when the law-abiding victim turns out to have a gun.

NEVER allow yourself to be taken by the criminal to a different location. The only reason a criminal has for moving you is to take you to a place that is more secluded, where you will be farther from help, a place that somehow benefits the attacker. Your chances of survival diminish dramatically if you allow a criminal to take you out in the woods, into a back alley, etc. If you are going to resist, do so at the place of initial attack.

LEAA recommends that you receive competent training in the use of firearms, pepper spray and defensive tactics. You should develop your own personal defensive plan that is suitable to your physical abilities, your equipment and your willingness to use them. Play the "What If" game and think about different situations and determine what you would do if… attacked in a parking lot, attacked at your home, and so forth.

It is a sobering statistic, but 3 out of 4 women in America will fall victim to violent crime somewhere in their lifetime. This is not a slim chance or a far-fetched possibility, but sadly a real likelihood. How you survive such an event depends almost entirely on how well you prepare. If you need information on Victim resources, click here.


From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/25/09 1:27 PM 
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This video demonstrates that anyone can be accosted by a gun wielding thug, at any time of the day, in any place, even if you have friends around.

Skater Boy Beat Down (Video removed by YouTube)

This video also clearly demonstrates some universal rules of combat from a most unlikely hero…

See the Front Sight Blog for the comments below and to watch the video.

Watch some school yard justice, “Skater Boy” style and then see my comments below. (Warning: There is some foul language)


I don’t know what caused the conflict to start and I do not know how the authorities sorted it out, but here is what I will tell you:

  1. If this does not prove to you that YOU can be accosted at any time of the day, in any place, doing just about anything, then nothing will.

  2. Don’t ever hold a gun up next to your face like the thug did, because if you fired it from there, the muzzle blast and unspent gun powder could blind you. (Plus you will likely not hit your target shooting from an un-sighted, un-indexed position like that.)

  3. If you are ever accosted by someone holding a gun like that, smile, because you are dealing with an amateur.

  4. If your assailant hasn’t shot you yet, smile, because you have the advantage, he just doesn’t know it.


  6. This “skater boy” handled himself perfectly by appearing to comply and trying to defuse the situation, but waiting for his opportunity to strike.

  7. Notice how Skater Boy allows the thug to get close enough so he can connect with a solid punch to the thug’s face and then grabs the gun to take it away.

  8. Skater Boy’s technique is not pretty, or sophisticated, but what he lacked in professional training he made up for in his willingness to act with speed, determination, and aggression. The kid has the Combat Mindset!

  9. Punching repeatedly to the head is not the best choice because the skull is hard and it is difficult to incapacitate a man by striking him in the skull with your bare hands. Look to land strong blows to the throat, jaw and neck or grab the head and gouge your thumbs into the eye sockets.

  10. Although it did not reach such a point before Skater Boy was pulled off the thug, once your opponent no longer has the ability to fight, you must stop your attack, but do not let your guard down.

  11. Notice the second fight occurring in the background as another skateboarder takes down the thug’s accomplice. Those Skater Boys are tough dudes!

  12. Looks like our Marine recruiters should start hanging out at the skate board parks to find a few good men!

And if you want to avoid hurting your hands or wrenching your back, wrestling a gun away from thug, then get a Concealed Weapon Permit


  • Edited 12/2/2010 11:20 am by EdGlaze

From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/25/09 1:27 PM 
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From the Concealed Carry website, Web Only Articles:

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Places Not to Go
by J. Terry Stewart

When we elect to carry a firearm we are acknowledging that one day we may find ourselves in a position where it is necessary to use it. In that case, we do what we believe is required. Few, however, would argue that in a gunfight, the best place to be is somewhere else. Every sizable town has areas known for drugs, crime and the gathering of less than upstanding citizens. Being intelligent people we avoid those areas.

Our lives today are hectic and complex. Generally speaking, we would never knowingly put ourselves into a dangerous situation. The possibility of finding ourselves in one, however, confronts us on a daily basis, often without our being aware of it. You visit the ATM on a regular basis but have you ever considered the whole picture? Look at the shape of the structure and the accompanying landscaping. Are there places where a bad guy could hide and wait until you've collected your cash? Once you insert your card, do you scan the surroundings or are you focused on completing the transaction? A typical visit to an ATM probably doesn't take more than a minute or two. Given that minute or two, how far away could the bad guy hide and still get to you before you leave?
[Related discussion: Beware of bad guys!]

In conjunction with this, we also need to be aware of the fact that the nature of some areas change depending upon the time of day. One ATM that I use frequently during the day I avoid completely at night. The neighborhood has a very different dynamic at night than it does during the day. If I find myself in need of a cash infusion in the evening, I will drive out of my way and use a machine that is less convenient but one at which I feel more secure. As we all know, there are no guarantees that anyplace will be absolutely safe. I am no less vigilant at the second machine but I do believe that I am less likely to find myself in a bad situation there.
[Related discussion: Risky places to swipe your debit card]

Think about your local 24/7 convenience store. There is a reason that the police refer to them as "stop and robs." If I see people hanging around who set off my bad guy radar I'll drive a few hundred yards farther down the road and stop at the next place. If the doors and windows are all covered with advertising posters I will not even consider doing business there. Establishments which sell adult beverages (i.e., liquor stores) seem to be particularly prone to doing this. It is very difficult to find one where you can actually see what's going on inside as you pull into the parking lot.
[Related discussion: Convenience store / gas station survival]

How often do you use the drive-through lane at your favorite fast food place? I used to compare going inside and ordering versus using the drive through lane. It seemed to me that, most of the time, the drive through was quicker. Then one day I looked at my situation; wallet out, cash in hand, hemmed in by the vehicles ahead of and behind me and often with a curb preventing me from pulling out of line. Even though it is an inconvenience, I rarely use the drive through lane any more. When I do, it is only at specific places where I am not corralled by curbs. I also try to control the distance between my car and the one in front of me. If I can see the bottoms of his rear tires I have enough room to pull out, if necessary.
[Related discussion: Attacked while in your car]

Similarly, when stopped at an intersection or stoplight, try to be in one of the outside lanes, if possible. As above, if you can see the tires of the car ahead of you, you probably have a way out. We spend so much time in our cars that it is easy to focus on our sandwich, the radio, hair, cosmetics, the meeting you're going to or a million other things when we should still be taking in that which is happening around us. While we certainly cannot stop driving we must also take care to ensure that our vehicle does not become some kind of mental safe haven.
[Related discussion: Carjacking]

My family teases me constantly because I never look for the closest parking place in the lot. I park farther away where I can have as few cars near us as possible. Both going in and coming out of the store, this makes it a lot easier to determine if someone is heading in our direction. If the parking lot is small or crowded I will back into the parking space. If I need to get out in a hurry, it is much easier and quicker to pull straight out rather than having to back up.
[Related discussion: Parking lot awareness]

When I was 16, I was driving down the road one day. A truck threw a stone and cracked my windshield. I got home, told my mother what happened and then listened while she proceeded to chew me out. When I asked what I could possibly have done to avoid the stone, she said "You shouldn't have been there in the first place!" The fact is, sometimes we can avoid it and sometimes we can't. We do, however, need to consider the possibilities and do what we can to put the odds in our favor.
[Related discussion: The disadvantages of the defender]


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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/7/10 2:55 PM 
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Pyramid of Personal Safety

There is no reason to live in fear of crime and violence. There is however reason to take reasonable precautions. And in doing so, you will have deterred most criminals from choosing you as their victim.

The reason is simple, there are thousands of people around who are easier and safer targets. The harder you make it for the criminal to victimize you, the more likely he is to go ply his trade elsewhere. You won't have stopped the criminal from being a criminal, but you will have stopped him from choosing you as a victim.

With this in mind, personal safety can be viewed as a pyramid. Each level not only increases your safety, but builds upon the level under it to create a cohesive and consistent whole. This way you have a solid structure, rather than a patchwork of "do this for this situation and that for another" answers for personal safety. Such a fragmented approach requires excessive work, inconvenience and, often, drastically altering your lifestyle. What's worse is it still leaves opportunities and openings for you to be attacked. This pyramid is designed to work with your lifestyle, not change it.


Start from the bottom and work your way up. Each level takes you higher and keeps you safer. It does this by creating a consistent network that works simultaneously on several fronts. What will stop a burglar will also foil a stalker or a break-in rapist. What works to stop a mugger will also foil a serial rapist or carjacker. This consistency closes the gaps left by a fragmented approach — gaps that crime and violence come through to enter your life.

While it might seem like a great deal of work, this system is, in fact, simple and easy. Once it is in place, it requires no more than a minute from your daily routine to ensure your personal safety. And we do mean a minute. And not all at once either. Just five seconds segments, that collectively add up to no more than a minute a day. In addition, while the pyramid works better when all levels are involved, just using the first four levels will serve to keep you safe from a majority of crime.

The foundation that the pyramid stands upon is knowledge and understanding. This means knowing how the criminal and violent people think and what they need to succeed. These aren't good people gone bad, they're bad people gone worse. You also need to understand what provokes violence, what violence really is and that it comes in many different levels. Without this fundamental understanding, there can be no cohesiveness in what you do to protect yourself (and your property).

Walk-aways are things that you do once and just walk away from. These are security measures that, once in place, serve as both deterrents and safeguards. Generally, these are things you can do around your home or business to discourage and foil break-ins.

When done correctly, walk-aways are like an iceberg — what is apparent above the surface serves to warn away most would-be burglars — but the bulk is under the surface. And that hidden bulk is what will sink the burglar's ship if he doesn’t take the hint and steer clear. Criminals do not like the unexpected. Walk-aways are unexpected snags Often this unexpected resistance is enough to scare the criminal away. However, for the more determined criminal it is a hindrance that will serve to slow him down and increase the chance of him getting caught.

Walk-aways not only to keep your home safe from burglary when you are not there, but serve as an early warning system against break-in when you are home. This becomes a critical element if you are in a stalker situatio as home security walk-aways are your first line of defense.



From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/7/10 2:56 PM 
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Habits are those repetitive actions taken daily to ensure your safety. They are simple acts you train yourself to do that significantly decrease the chances of a criminal choosing you, or your property, as his target.

They can range from remembering to enable your "walk-away" security measures (i.e., locking doors, windows and closing your drapes when you leave), never leaving your car running and unattended, to not leaving valuables in plain sight on your car seat, to looking around when you enter a fringe area or before you reach your car. Such habits are not difficult to ingrain and, within a week or two, become automatic.

The reason they are effective is that they either remove items of value from sight, deny easy access or complicate things for the criminal. Moreover, they give you early warning that something is wrong. This is essential for foiling the criminal's attempt to develop his plans unnoticed and without opposition.

Awareness is born of a blend of habits and knowledge. One part would be knowing where a mugger would lurk in a parking garage in order not to be seen by security personnel or potential victims. Having the habit of looking around and seeing if anyone is loitering in that spot when you enter the parking structure is the other. If you see known danger signs, turn around and go back — don’t walk into the lion’s jaws.

We have a saying "Awareness without knowledge is paranoia." The blending of knowledge of what is really involved in a crime, what certain things mean and the forewarning that your good habits will give you instill within you a calm confidence. It's like driving a car, if you pay attention and remember to do what you know about driving, you can easily avoid most accidents and problems. It is however, when you forget to do those things or get involved in other things that your car gets wrecked and you get hurt.

Maneuvering and positioning are knowing where you don’t want to be. There are positions from where an assailant can (and probably will) successfully attack you. If he (and his cohorts) can achieve these positions, your chances of effectively defending yourself are slim to none. And Slim left town. The violence will be swift, intense and aimed at your weak spots. Unless you are willing to commit extreme physical violence in self-defense do not allow this situation to develop. Positioning is a strategy game. It is the criminal trying to put you where he wants you and you moving so he can't.

The thing is this game is very real and very dangerous, it is however, not apparent on the surface. We have a term we use that describes this condition: "shadow dance." And that means something is going on that everybody knows is occurring, but nobody talks about it openly. Foreign embassies are prime examples of shadow dancing. On the surface, they are for diplomatic relations, commerce and to assist nationals traveling between countries. However, integral to their very foundation is spying, both the committing and preventing the host country from doing the same. So while everyone from the ambassador himself to the lowest secretary is either doing it, or has been trained to prevent it, nobody talks about it or admits it is happening. What's happening isn't innocent, but it is hidden behind a facade.

Criminals engage in shadow dancing all the time. They are pretending to be doing something else. If they blatantly display their intentions too early their "prey" will either elude them or have time to successfully defend themselves. Therefore the criminal most often tries to hide his intent until it is too late. This need for subterfuge can be turned against them however.

As they quietly try to jockey you into position, you just as quietly slip away. What are they going to say, "Hold still so I can rob you?" Criminals most often rely on their victims not knowing the "game is afoot" long before a weapon is displayed (by then it is too late). But by you knowing what the criminal needs and not letting him develop it you nonviolently protect yourself from crime and violence.


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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host2/7/10 2:57 PM 
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Knowledge of self-worth and boundaries is essential to not becoming the victim of crime and violence. Even if you have decided that you are not willing to use physical violence to defend yourself, until this point the pyramid still works. It is however, important to realize that no matter what your decision about using physical self-defense to protect yourself, that you have come to a crossroads. A crossroads that requires mental preparation to navigate.

Aside from the obvious implications, when we use the terms knowledge of self-worth and boundaries, we also are including knowing how you think, the difference between assertiveness and aggressiveness and how you are coming across.

As for self-worth, it is a commitment to yourself. It is the knowledge that neither you nor your loved ones can afford you to be victimized. It is also knowing when you are justified to tell someone to "back off" and just as importantly when to stop! Which brings us into the boundaries issue.

When you are dealing with a potential assailant, you must remember you are being confronted by a totally self-absorbed person, who is not afraid to use violence to get his way. The last thing you want to do is anger, fear fear take over or invade his space! Any of which will provoke him. If you do he is more likely to become violent. If you don’t know where to stop, you can provoke a situation that could have ended without violence.

In the same vein, you cannot hide behind avowed pacifism while still being verbally violent.

Verbal boundary enforcement is communication. It's letting a would-be assailant know that you are aware of what is occurring and that you are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect yourself.

This is not threatening nor blustering; it is a clear cut message for him to "get off mah land." And that failure to do so will have unpleasant results. This is being assertive, not aggressive. You are doing what it takes to get him out of your boundaries, not chasing him down the street. Before you vocalize: Know how far you are willing to go.

Physical self-defense is the last ditch effort. If it gets to this point through all the other levels, it has been forced here. You are justified to do what it takes to stop him. While some people choose not to participate in use of force in order to defend themselves, others have no such qualms. Either choice carries responsibilities. Physical self-defense is not about fighting, it’s about not being hurt by violence. Nor is it about being fearless. It's not necessarily studying the martial arts nor buying a gun, it's doing what you have to do to keep from being hurt, raped, robbed or killed. And then dealing with the authorities and psychological cost afterwards

Knowing that personal safety involves all these things, we want you to think about the quote at the top of this page. The one about making your enemy march the thousand miles. In essence, the pyramid of personal safety makes it so someone else has to do all kinds of work to climb that pyramid in order to attack you. Not only is that climb difficult (and therefore makes it easier to attack someone else), but it gives you all the warning in the world to mentally prepare yourself for what you need to do in order to stay safe. The best way to stay safe is to convince the enemy that it's too much trouble to march a thousand miles and then to risk a battle he's likely to lose.



From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/14/10 2:29 PM 
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Essential Self-Defense Tips:
eps Of Conflict Avoidance
[4:56 video]

Avoid and be aware of potential conflicts and dangers

Breath control aids in thinking clearly

Communicate with confidence — prepared for engagement but not looking for one

Don't make the situation worse — dialog is better than fighting

Environment and exit — note escape routes

Fire is a trigger word to arouse alarm or an audience

Get away when opportunity presents itself

Hit hard, fast, and first if you must


To which Ed adds:

If possible be the first to contact 9-1-1

Just do what you must to stop the threat

Keep your distance from armed threats

Look around for other threats or suspicious people

Maneuvering and positioning include knowing where you don’t want to be

Never allow yourself to be taken by the criminal to a different location

Once your opponent no longer has the ability to fight, you must stop your attack, but do not let your guard down.

Preparation, anticipation and training all contribute to a more effective defensive capability

Quickly decide and act

Recognize risky situations and avoid them

Seek cover capable of stopping bullets if escaping armed threats

The police will likely not arrive in time

Under duress or threat it's okay to lie

View your attacker so you can provide a good description later

Witnesses may quickly leave so ask for their statements or help

eXpect that at some time you will be threatened, robbed, or assaulted

Your priority is to survive

Zero is usually your chance of escaping multiple attackers


I posted the above to the video's comments.

See related videos for more self defense tips

  • Edited 12/20/2010 9:44 pm by EdGlaze

From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/2/10 11:42 AM 
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Taking Your Own Personal Safety Seriously
by Mark Walters
30 Nov 10


The action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test or duty.


An act or practice of avoiding or withdrawing from something.


A state of being aware.

The holidays are upon us and our time is stretched beyond its usual capacities as we strive to meet the demands of the season. Our lives become rushed as we focus on getting places, beating crowds, shopping, etc., and understandably we may be focused on the tasks at hand, thereby reducing our normal levels of alertness. How aware are you of your surroundings at any given time on any given day? Are you prepared to avoid certain unpleasant situations that may befall you simply because you were unaware of what was going on around you?

On Armed American Radio we talk about preparation, avoidance and awareness to some extent almost every week and how important those three elements are to your personal safety. The sad fact is that criminals and predators enjoy the holiday season as much as the rest of us. They love the fact that we are distracted by our surroundings and many are lying in wait for us to make that one mistake that they can capitalize on.

Obviously crime happens all year but we seem to be made more aware of it by the authorities during the holidays. We read about and see on the news, stories of “stepped up” patrols by law enforcement at the malls for example, and we are reminded about doing the simple things such as walking with our heads up, keeping our keys in hand as we approach our vehicles, and not being so overburdened with packages that we are easy targets, etc.

That is great advice any time of the year and should be a part of your preparation, avoidance and awareness practices each and every day no matter where you go and what you do. During an on-air interview with me on Armed American Radio, nationally recognized self-defense expert Massad Ayoob told listeners, “Heck that’s good advice regardless, not just to keep watch for the bad guys but think of all the really cool things you’ll see during your day that you would have otherwise missed”!
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Like everyone else who takes their personal safety serious, I do all that I can when I am out and about. I don’t mean I walk around like Linda Blaire in the Exorcist with my head spinning in a circle, I mean simply being awake. Incidentally, Massad was right, I have seen some pretty cool stuff that I might have missed were I walking around like some zombie more concerned about a stupid email on my cell phone rather than paying attention to my surroundings.

Think about this. Have you ever heard a victim of a car accident say something like “I never saw him, he came out of nowhere”? Well guess what? Three thousand pound speeding hunks of metal that make noise do NOT come out of nowhere. Someone simply wasn’t paying attention to their surroundings when they should have been.

The same thing happens with criminals. They don’t come out of nowhere. In fact many victims actually remember seeing their attackers long before they were attacked when discussing the incident afterwards.

  • Edited 7/18/2012 8:43 pm by EdGlaze

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