Tips For Personal Safety & Confronting Danger
- Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, something is
- 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
- If you are being followed, head for a crowded place.
- If people start milling around you, it could set-up for a
- 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
- 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 deterent (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
believe that 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
Non-resistance to prevent physical violence: Negotiate, stall
for time, distracting or diverting the assailant, then fleeing.
Verbal assertiveness, screaming and using a whistle or shriek
alarm to attract attention and help.
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