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Self Defense Tips: It's Your Responsibility

Many people nowadays are under the illusion that it is law enforcements responsibility to protect us all the time. The reality is that it's impossible.

For example: you decide to go out for a run in the city at midnight, or you choose to go to a crime-ridden part of town to go shopping, or you leave the bar at 2:00AM to walk home alone. While you can argue that it is your right to do those things, you have to understand that you are putting yourself in precarious situations, thus increasing your chances of being a victim of a crime (these three examples have some of the highest crimes occurrences).

Average police response time is 11-15 minutes, and that's IF someone called 911 while you were being attacked, mugged, or worse. It could take hours or even days if no one knows the crime is taking place. Putting a tracker on your phone, and telling people where you are going and expected time of return can help, but these won't stop the crime from happening. Even street cameras are only useful after the fact.

You are the only person who could avoid being a victim of a crime.

There are many things you can do to minimize the chances of being a victim of attack. For example:

  • Move to a safer area.

  • Don't run alone, or after dark.

  • Don't visit bad neighborhoods.

  • Don't walk alone at night, or in the early morning hours (i.e. 2AM).

  • Be aware and focused in parking lots and parking decks.

  • Trust your instincts, if it doesn't feel right don't participate.

  • Learn how to use and carry pepper spray, taser, and/or a knife.

  • Learn and practice self-defense regularly.

  • Exercise regularly (resistance training and running are ideal supplements for self-defense ).

  • If you are being mugged, give them what they want and run away immediately (preferably to a public area).

  • If you are being attacked, run away. If you can't, attack the attacker viciously until you have an opening to escape (run away preferably to a public area).

There are other examples, but the best self defense strategy is not to put yourself in precarious situations in the first place. Additionally, the best self defense technique is to run away to safety (i.e., a public area). If you can't follow these two objectives, then your only alternative is to fight. Studies show that victims who fought off an attacker had greater chances of survival.

Remember, your safety and your life is your responsibility. Additionally, if you have kids, it is your responsibility to teach them safety techniques and strategies. If you want help message me, I'm here to help.

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Until next time, Stay Safe!

Lawrence Castanon

Author, The Short Fight


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