Personal attacks are one of the more wide spread villainous offenses in our society today. Whichever form it may be, a robbery or assault, it is one of the most insidious invasions of our individual safety. Why do some individuals become a victim of personal attack while others do not? How do culprits choose their quarry? Perpetrators have a feel for noticing the signs of potential prey. You need to know what these signals are so you can refrain from becoming the next victim of a personal assault.
What Does Your Body Language Say About You?
Deviants look for easy marks. Someone who appears to be defenseless, passive and oblivious to the activities going on around. They want a target who is not capable or is too passive to fight back. This type of person is easy catch off guard. It’s paramount to know that your chances of becoming a victim is predisposed by the signals you aren’t even aware you are sending to an assailant. Our body language and non-verbal cues are the unconscious signals that make up 80-90% of our communication to others. Either knowingly or unknowingly, crooks will make an assessment about you from these signals to determine how easy you will be to overpower and master.
Fortunately there are ways to lessen your chances of being on the receiving end of a violent crime. If these creeps look for individuals who appear to be subdued, passive and distracted, then you must portray the opposite. One way is to convey an air of confidence. Self-assurance is a non-victim quality. The more confident or self-assured one appears, the less likely are the chances of becoming “the mark”. A criminal will avoid a subject who appears capable of resistance and difficult to subdue. Any display of strength or defiance, whether blatant or implied, is often sufficient to cause a predator to seek out an easier target. One means to depict self-assurance would be to walk with your head held upright, at a brisk pace as if with a purpose and look alert.
Are You Aware Of Your Surroundings?
Another way to reduce your probability of becoming a victim is to be acutely aware of the surrounding area at all times. By becoming more aware of your surroundings, you not only increase the odds of spotting a potential attacker, you also project an image of being on guard. Be mindful of who is around you and what activities are taking place at all times. Look at people who are walking towards you. Make eye contact with them. Hooligans look for prey who are inattentive and off guard. So put away the “electronic gizmos!” Get off the cell phone, iPod, PDA and laptop. They are a distraction. Using these devices in public places like parking garages, malls, parks, etc., lessens your ability to sense a threat and will make you an easy target. If you are distracted and not paying attention you won’t even know you are being attacked until it is too late.
Add Some Self-Defense Products To Your Arsenal
Besides projecting an air of poise and watchfulness, an extra line of defense is to carry a few top selling personal security items with you, such as a personal attack alarm, a canister of mace pepper spray and a self defense stun gun.
A personal safety alarm is just the right tool for getting yourself noticed when you really need it. These small, bargain-priced devices are very easy to take with you wherever you go. When activated, they will emit an earsplitting and insufferable noise.
Pepper spray is a non-fatal self-defense spray that is made from oleoresin capsicum (OC), a by-product of peppers. Sprayed in the face and/or eyes of a mugger, it will irritate the eyes, cause tears, pain, and even in some cases, momentary impairment of vision.
A stun gun is a defense weapon designed to temporarily halt a perpetrator by delivering a non-lethal, high-voltage electric shock. Bear in mind, these self defense weapons will not keep you safe if you do not use them.