We live in one of the most peaceful and beautiful places in the world, and sometimes we forget that our town is growing and inviting all sorts of people – some good and some not so good. These days we can hardly go walking in our own neighbourhood without a gnawing fear that there may be someone lurking in the background, ready to pounce. You may feel that this does not apply to you, having never been in a situation in which you felt threatened, but what about your parents, grandparents, elderly friends and even your kids – think about them.
I strongly believe in “prevention is better than cure”, and in this case, it can save someone’s life. So next time you go out walking, be vigilant of your surroundings and keep safe.
Avoiding or preventing an attack is easy and in most situations, it does not require physical self-defence or martial arts. By following these simple guidelines, your chances of ever being attacked are minimal:
- Avoid dangerous places and questionable individuals.
- Keep valuable items out of sight – doing otherwise simply makes you an easy target.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not argue, provoke, or allow a verbal conflict to escalate.
- Escape, or create distance if you feel threatened.
- Give up your money or valuables if bodily harm is threatened and escape is not an option.
- Keep your private areas secure.
- Let someone know where you are even if you will only be out for a short while.
- Try walking with friends or family if possible and change your walking routes regularly.
This is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your specialist for specific and detailed advice. (E&OE)