Running outside is generally considered a safe sport. However, as with any activity that takes you out and about in the world, it definitely has its risks for predator assault. Women are especially vulnerable to assailants due to our strength and size. Women runners, therefore need to stay smart and balance personal safety practices with the way we love to run.
Staying vigilant is a key component of self-defense. We cannot predict the time, place or nature of crimes. It is easy to become complacent and let our guard down. Do not justify complacency by saying things such as “I am only running a quick errand”, or “It’s daytime, nothing will happen.” Keep in mind that often times criminals can hit or or miss. We cannot. Here’s 5 things to always keep on your mind to help you stay on guard.
Transitional spaces are uncontrolled spaces we must pass through when going from one place to another. A transitional space could be a parking lot, a shopping mall, a gas station or bad part of town. Transitional spaces cannot be avoided and usually present a increased level of risk. Being aware of the increased dangers and how to avoid them can help keep you safe in transitional spaces.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is awareness. It is a state of mind that can be trained, enhanced and made very powerful through consistent daily training. A Mindful Defense mindset is what will make the difference in your ability to anticipate and react rationally and effectively. A mindful person is by second nature keenly aware of their here and now situational experience. They are in tune to their breathing, mind and body responses, and have control over their ability to stay sharp and persevere should the need arise.
Understanding the crime triangle is fundamental in developing an effective strategy for self-defense. Three things must be present for a crime to occur: desire, ability and opportunity. If any one of these is removed from the triangle a crime cannot take place.
Obviously we cannot control criminals. There will always be those with the desire and ability to carry out crimes. What we can control is the opportunity. With a little knowledge, we can make ourselves hardened targets and take the opportunity away from criminals.
Securing your vehicle should be an integral part of your self-defense. Often times we don’t think about vehicle security until we experience the inconvenience and expense of having a vehicle broken into. Not only do vehicle break-ins cost time and money but they can also compromise the safety of you and your loved ones. Something as simple as leaving your ID and a garage door opener in your car while going for a jog at the park can give a stranger complete access to your home and family.
It is easy to become complacent, especially when it comes to self-defense. Remaining vigilant at all times is an acquired skill. Often times we fall into a routine. We lose site of the fact that our environments are dynamic and danger can present itself anytime, anywhere. With a little practice and a few small changes in our habits, we can greatly increase our self-defense capabilities.
Here’s 5 simple things you can do today to improve your self-defense.
Very few people think of a flashlight as a self-defense tool. In reality a quality, high-output flashlight is a powerful personal protection tool.Taking away an assailant’s reaction time allows you an avenue of escape. Self-defense flashlights allow you to temporarily blind and disorient an attacker and gain control of the situation. The blinding light allows you to discreetly draw weapons, orient your body and keep your hands out of the sight of an attacker. Flashlight are powerful impact weapons and can be used to deliver devastating strikes.
Self-defense for realtors is a growing concern as the number of attacks on agents has been increasing yearly. Real estate agents face dangerous situations on a routine basis. Agents are often inside vacant properties with strangers. Realtors do not have to “accept” the risks as part of the job. Realtors can learn to defend themselves with easy-to-implement practices. Self-defense for realtors doesn’t have to be complex or hard to implement. Often times the most effective self-defense for realtors is simple changes in day-to-day habits. Here’s some things to consider as you develop your own personal protection plan.