Personal safety and self-defense
Three basics of self-defense
Be Alert! 
Keep your head up!
Always know what’s going on around you! 

Bullies and thugs are always looking for an easy victim or mark!
Fight back!
Set in your heart and mind not to be an easy victim!

Never let someone take you to a secondary location!
Odds are, you will be assaulted or killed at a secondary location!


What does a BURGLAR like?
Experience has shown us that burglars like many things (mostly other people's things), but most thieves prefer two conditions:
An invitation, and 
A fast, easy, undetected entry and exit 
Non-maintained yard. 
Keys left in your vehicle while you run into the store. 
Dark or concealed hiding areas. 
Windows left open when you are away. 
Notes left on exterior doors explaining where you have gone. 
The spare house key on top of the door jam. (Did you think no one knew that key was there?) 
Messages on answering machines stating you are away. 
An open garage door. 
Sliding glass door, without auxiliary locks. 
A house unlit night after night. 
Privacy fence. 
Flimsy door latches and locks. 
Basement windows. 
A large shrub in front of a window 
A dark alley behind the residence 
A privacy fence around the yard 
An unlocked door or window 
A sliding glass door 
An exterior door without a deadbolt lock 

Avoid driving alone or at night. 
Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device. 
If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area. 
Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. 
Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked. 
Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside. 
Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight. 
Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car. 
Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door. 
When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings. 
Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. 
Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location. 
Make sure you have your self defense product in your hand and ready to be used if needed. 

Carjacking of parked vehicles depends on the car owner being inattentive to their surroundings. Carjackers, like street robbers, prefer the element of surprise. Most victims say they never saw the carjacker until they appeared at their car door. To reduce your risk of being carjacked, we have listed some common sense steps below: 
Always park in well-lighted areas, if you plan to arrive/leave after dark. 
Don't park in isolated or visually obstructed areas near walls or heavy foliage. 
Use valet parking or an attended garage, if you're a woman driving alone. 
As you walk to your car be alert to suspicious persons sitting in cars. 
Ask for a security escort if you are alone at a shopping center. 
Watch out for young males loitering in the area (handing out flyers, etc). 
If someone tries to approach, change direction or run to a busy store. 
Follow your instincts if they tell you to walk/run away to a busy place. 
As you approach your vehicle, look under, around, and inside your car. 
If safe, open the door, enter quickly, and lock the doors. 
Don't be a target by turning your back while loading packages into the car. 
Make it your habit to always start your car and drive away immediately. 
Teach and practice with your children to enter and exit the car quickly. 
In the city, always drive with your car doors locked and windows rolled up. 
When stopped in traffic, leave room to maneuver and escape, if necessary. 
If you are bumped in traffic by young males be suspicious of the accident. 
Wave to follow, and drive to a gas station or busy place before getting out. 
If you are ever confronted by an armed carjacker don't resist. 
Give up your keys or money if demanded without resistance. 
Don't argue, fight or chase the robber. You can be seriously injured. 
Never agree to be kidnapped. Drop the cars keys and run and scream for help. 
If you are forced to drive, consider crashing your car near a busy intersection,
avoiding other cars or pedestrians, so bystanders can come to your aid and call the police. 
Call the police immediately to report the crime and provide detailed information. 
Make sure you keep a non lethal, self defense weapon in your glove compartment or conveniently near you.

Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, something is probably wrong. 
Be aware of your surroundings. 
Walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic. 
Carry bags close to your body. 
Look confident. 
Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. 
If you are being followed, head for a crowded place. 
If people start milling around you, it could a set-up for a mugging. 
Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis situation? Do you scream, cry, freeze? How would you defend yourself? 
Remember there is no right or wrong approach to dangerous situations. 
Show your anger, not your fear. A furious reaction often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker is looking for an easy victim. Yelling is always a good deterrent (a good choice is to yell FIRE) this will draw attention to those who do not want to get involved but may be concerned for their own safety and may come to help. 
If there are other people around, yell loudly enough to get their attention to what the assailant is doing. 
If you are alone and do not know anyone on the street or nearby, try calling a name out to make the attacker or assailant to believe you may be with someone. This may also help if you are alone at home. 
If someone has a weapon stay calm and wait for an opportunity. Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do about the situation.

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