Simple Street Survival Tips

“Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.” Malcolm X

SIMPLE SURVIVAL TIPS

  • ESCAPE, ESCAPE, ESCAPE.

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  • Make a commitment, to yourself right now that no matter what happens you will survive.

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  • Look into the back of your vehicle for movement before you open the door and get in.

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  • After getting into your car lock the doors. ***

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  • Carry a visible object in your hand, like an umbrella, a rolled newspaper, or a pen, which is visible from a distance and can look threatening.

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  • Do not walk with hands in your pockets, with headphones on, looking at the ground.

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  • If you are suspicious of someone, try to get a clear view and take a mental picture of him, how he looks and what he is wearing.

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  • Use your common sense.

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  • Carry a cell phone and consider attaching a small torch to your keys.

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  • Try to maintain some level of fitness. Practice sprinting.

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  • Don’t be scared of offending people think ‘my safety first, your feelings second.’

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  • Make arrangements for pick up and drop off, time etc., before you head out.

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  • Travel with trustworthy company, rather than alone.

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  • Assaults on women tend to be carried out in isolated places. Do not allow yourself to be moved. Stay in a reasonably populated place.

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  • Use visualization drills as mental preparation.

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  • Do not tolerate any abuse, take action immediately.

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  • Close and lock doors and windows.

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  • Keep keys in you hand on the approach to a vehicle. Do not fumble with keys when you get to your vehicle.

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  • Get to know your neighbours and set up a watch scheme if you are away from home for prolonged periods.

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  • Do not confront suspicious people on your own.

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  • You have a duty to educate your children on the realities of life.

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  • Any action should be simple, direct and explosive.

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  • If it is clear that an assailant only wants your purse, sacrifice it. However, does the assailant ONLY want your purse?

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  • With some imagination and basic understanding of body mechanics, most things can be used as weapons.

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  • Quickly assess the aggressor and make an assessment. Is he mentally impaired, drunk, high? Take the appropriate action.

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  • Remember that most people are good.

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  • Do not rely on the goodness of people to intervene if you are being attacked.

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  • Do not jog or walk alone. If you do, vary your route and time.

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  • Capitalise on any opportunity to get away.

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  • Gouge his eyes, hit his throat.

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  • Carry bags with long straps which can be worn across the body. The bag should be tucked under your arm.

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  • Ask yourself, if you had to, could you run in the shoes you are wearing?

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  • If you are suspicious of someone near you, move away.

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  • If you are being choked you have 4 to 8 seconds before you pass out. React immediately.

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  • If taken to the ground, get up.

***John David Guise Cannan, the British serial killer and rapist attacked many of his victims just as they were putting the keys into the ignition. He would yank the door open and shove his victim into the passenger seat.

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