Taking care of your personal security should be a top priority. One of the key elements I try to hammer home when teaching the ARCS Self Defense & Combatives System is always being aware of your surroundings and keeping a watchful eye out for signs of pending danger. Using common sense and being prepared are also other main elements of staying safe.
The following safety tips are meant to provide information on scenarios that depict real life situations. As you read many of the ARCS Self Defense & Combatives System’s articles and tips, determine to make a safety plan of action and follow it. Make it become a life habit and develop ways to ensure you are well-prepared to protect and defend yourself against a criminal attacker.
Your mindset should be to Refuse To Be A Victim Of Crime!
Wherever you are on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or cab, stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uncomfortable, avoid the person or leave. Know the neighborhoods where you live and work. Check out the locations of police and fire stations, public telephones, hospitals, and restaurants, or stores that are open late.
On Foot-Day or Night
- Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots, or alleys.
- Don’t flash money or other tempting targets like jewelry or clothing.
- Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket, not a back pocket. Carry only what is necessary and try not to keep currency and credit cards all in one place.
- Don’t wear shoes or clothing that restrict your movements
- Have your car or house key in hand before you reach the door.
- Try to use automated teller machines in the daytime. Have your card in hand and don’t approach the machine if you’re uneasy about people nearby. Better yet, only use the ATM machines inside of grocery store, malls, or gas stations.
- If you think someone is following you, switch direction or cross the street. Walk toward an open store, restaurant, or lighted house. If someone harasses you, don’t be embarrassed. Loudly say “Leave me alone! Someone call the police! Get away!”
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there’s enough gas to get where you’re going and back.
- Always roll up the windows and lock car doors, even if you’re coming right back. Check inside and out before getting in.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas. Be especially alert in lots and underground parking garages.
- If you think someone is following you, don’t head home. Drive to the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or other open business to get help
If Someone Tries to Rob You
- Don’t resist. Give up your property. Don’t risk your life.
- Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from being victims.
- Take a Stand!
- Make your neighborhood and working place safer by reporting broken street lights, cleaning up parks and vacant lots, and lobbying local government for better lighting in public places.
- Initiate a block watch program in your neighborhood by contacting your local crime prevention unit.