Most attacks are perpetrated by one or more individuals using diversions. Learn to respect your intuition and listen to it. You need to defend your home like a castle. Make sure your doors and windows are locked and that your garage doors are secure. Never open your door to strangers as violent criminals often pose as someone they are not in order to gain access to your home.
Keep a fully charged cell phone and a firearm that you are proficient with handy. Avoid walking in unlit areas and stay away from thick shrubbery near trails and paths. When rounding blind corners stay at least 10 feet away from buildings and parked cars. Never walk with headphones or earbuds on as it significantly diminishes your situational awareness.
Vary your times and routes as predators often rely on a potential victims consistent patterns. Keep your car doors locked. Always park in well lit areas and make sure you carefully scan any parking area before parking and again before exiting your car. If you’re driving home and suspect you are being followed, verify by making a series of left and right turns around a given area. If the vehicle is still behind you do not under any circumstances lead them to your home.
Avoid driving through bad parts of town. When stopped at a traffic light or other delays, if you cannot see the tires of the vehicle in front of you then you are too close to that vehicle. Leave enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you so you can manuever your car if danger approaches.
An attacker is capable of anything so do not allow people to encroach into your personal space. Never allow yourself to be cornered or boxed in. Never allow yourself to be restrained or forcibly moved from one location to another. Use visualization techniques to mentally practice what you would do in the event of an ambush, carjacking, attempted mugging, home invasion, etc.
Pleading for mercy may actually encourage an attacker to be more vicious. Don’t second guess yourself. If something feels wrong, listen to your instincts.
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