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Avoid Becoming a Victim
Attacker and vicitim  One of the fundamental aspects of self protection is learning how to remove the opportunity for the offender, to avoid you becoming a victim of crime.

Personal safety information is common sense, and takes little effort to put into practice.

Consider the following safety plans - they are important steps towards protecting yourself and any children. 
 
Four Rules of Personal Safety
  1. Prevention - How to reduce the chances of being a victim:
    The single most important thing in prevention is staying alert and aware of what is going on around you and your surroundings. We can and should incorporate a 2,500-year old Chinese saying that is still used by the Chinese and is included in the U.S. Marine Corp. training manual. 'A commander may be forgiven for being defeated in battle, but never for being surprised.' To some extent alertness is an inherent personality trait. However, it can be learned and improved upon if we accept the fact that we live in a world filled with danger. Know what's behind you and pay particular attention to anything out of place. Develop eyes in the back of your head.
  2. Avoidance - How to avoid a dangerous situation:
    Don't allow your mind to wander, thinking about your job or all the things you have to do, when walking or driving. When you are angry; frustrated; depressed; unusually happy and carefree; or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your chances of being a victim increase. Your strongest ally in a confrontation is your brain. When you lose your keen sense of awareness, through distraction or chemicals, you lose vision. When you are in 'your own little world' you become an easy target for an assailant. The attacker will use the element of surprise and opportunity. Don't give them this advantage. Be assertive in your actions and the way you walk. Give the appearance that you know what you are doing and where you are going. Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid that person or leave the area. Know the neighborhood where you live, work and shop. Know the locations of Police Stations, Fire Stations, public telephones and restaurants or stores that are open late.
  3. Escape - Do whatever it takes to get away:
    Make as much noise as possible to attract attention to yourself and your assailant. Chances are the attacker will be surprised at your actions and want to get away.
  4. Combat - If you can't escape, FIGHT. 
    Car or house keys to the face, especially the eyes
    Pen or Pencil to the throat
    Open hand strikes to the nose or chin
    Kick or grab the groin area
    Stomp instep of the attackers foot or scrape the shins

Follow these simple rules and your chances of becoming a victim decrease. Immediately call the police to report suspicious incidents.