4 Simple Self Defense Strategies That Could Save Your Life

Violent crimes are on the rise around the country, which is why it’s never been more crucial to know how to protect yourself should you find yourself in a dangerous situation. Attackers often scan an area looking for potential victims they can target based on specific criteria. Understand how to lessen the chance that you’ll have a bulls-eye on your back, and you are well ahead of most people. Read on to learn about the four simple self-defense strategies that could save your life. 

How Not to Become a Crime of Opportunity

Criminals are always on the hunt for an easy target or a person that presents themselves as weak or inattentive. If you’re walking around with a slumped posture, fumbling with your purse, staring at your phone oblivious to your surroundings, chances are someone is sizing you up. Throw your shoulders back confidently, look up and all around, put your phone away and keep your keys in your hand. Of course, Glocks are an obvious deterrent to crime, but not always available. If someone approaches you with a weapon as you’re getting into your car and tells you to drive, throw your keys as far as possible and run. If assaulted, do not get into a vehicle with the perpetrator, no matter what. 

Trust Your Instincts 

You must pay attention to what your gut is telling you. Our instincts are there for a reason, and if they’re giving you dangerous vibes, it is likely for a good reason. For example, you step into an elevator at night with one other person, and the hair stands up on your neck, and your stomach feels uneasy; get out as quickly as possible. You never know what someone is thinking, but you can remove yourself from the threat by trusting your instincts.   

Don’t Flash Cash or Expensive Jewelry 

Most people know if they are walking alone at night not to expose a stash of cash or flashy jewelry, but what about in other settings like the grocery store or nail salon? The truth is that it doesn’t matter where you are; it’s never a good idea to be flashy with cash or jewelry. You never know who may be watching and listening. 

Use What You Have to Fend Off an Attacker 

If assaulted and you’re fortunate enough to have a loaded pistol, all the better, but if not, use whatever you have, including your elbow to the face area or car keys, as a weapon. A swift, unexpected kick to the groin always works wonders.

As you can see, there are many things we can do to stay safe.