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8 Expert Personal Security Tricks

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 17:01
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When it comes to disasters and other life-threatening situations, like a criminal attack, one of the grave mistakes a person can do is to think, “It will never happen to me.”

To avoid becoming the next statistic, we need to stay on our toes. We shouldn’t be caught like sitting ducks. As such, it is imperative that we have the awareness and control in any circumstances to be able to avoid a life-threatening situation.


Here, I am going to share with you 8 most significant expert personal security tricks that can save your life.


1. Observation

It is worth noting that the most refined security specialists are professionally trained bodyguards. Bodyguards here don’t refer to the heavily built guys who earn a living manning nightclub entrances. These are professional bodyguards that have been highly trained to protect VIPs.

The very first lesson that professional bodyguards are offered is in observation skills before going through more specialized classes in observation. It is quite unfortunate that many of us have never really utilized our observation skills beyond normal everyday usage.

We should realize that developing and maintaining excellent observation skills is the key to enhancing our personal security. Actually, once we master the art of observing what is happening around us, we will be able to implement appropriate countermeasures to avoid perilous situations.



2. Body Language

Reputable security and intelligence agencies take their employees through rigorous training in the science of body language. In fact, from a personal security perspective, I can equate body language to having a get-out-of-jail card.

This trick goes hand-in-hand with good observation skills – identifying the crucial aspects of a would-be attacker’s body language will give you a definite edge in any grievous encounter.

Nonetheless, mastering the art of body language as far as personal security is concerned requires a lot of research and reading. There are many books on body language out there.



3. Physical Security

Special Forces and professional bodyguards (not the muscle-bound draggers safeguarding night club merrymakers) boast a high level of confidence. This confidence, which many of us would foolishly mistake for arrogance, is attributed to their cutting-edge specialized training.

A substantial percentage of this training focuses on their physical security. One of the best ways to naturally increase our levels of confidence is to participate in any of the martial arts. In fact, a confident individual who has undergone physical security training will always present as a hard target to a potential attacker. We should realize that many attackers are cowards who just seek soft targets!


4. Access Control

Ask any reputable security expert, and the answer will be the same: the highest percentage of security issues are defeated by maintaining premium quality access control systems. From a personal security perspective, an access control means minimizing access to anything or anyone who is potentially harmful.

For instance, I am a lady who starts a conversation with a male colleague. This colleague misinterprets our initial friendship and stalks me. I have to immediately implement tough access control measures. While this person may not even be aware, he is stalking me, we should not forget that stalkers crave one thing above everything else, control.

In light of this fact, this man needs to have access to me in order to gain control over me. Hence, I should focus on implementing counter stalking strategies to curtail and then eradicate his access control. One of the strategies is to stop talking to this person through any form of communication.



5. Self Defence

Danger can meet us anywhere, at any time. As such, it is advisable to always have a self-defence weapon at hand. For instance, when I’m out on the streets, I usually carry a small and easy to conceal an item that I can use for self-defence.

We should always be prepared for what might happen in the case of an attack to increase our chances of escape and save our life. Something like a toy gun, a pepper spray, or a personal alarm in the bag can be very helpful. What’s more, to take down an attacker, you should never lose your focus on what ought to be done.



6. Neighbours are Important

It is imperative that we know our neighbors. It is really surprising that many of us don’t even say a simple HELLO to the person living next door. We should realize that the more our trustworthy neighbors know about us, the more likely they’re to notice a suspicious customer window shopping around our home.

Likewise, it is advisable to leave our spare key with a responsible neighbor. Actually, it is not prudent to hide a spare key in the garden, a habit many of us are guilty of. Remember, it only takes one prying eye to discover the safest spot in the world!



7. You and Your Car

With the ever increasing cases of car-jacking, we need to be vigilant when using our vehicles. When approaching your parked car, your keys should be in your hand, with the car key picked out. This doesn’t mean that you should advertise your keys.

Don’t jingle the keys or flash them around. For those of us whose cars have remote access systems; we should only unlock the doors when we are close by. Then, it’s advisable to look around and inside the car before getting in. Lock the car doors immediately you are inside.



8. Escape Route

Before a disaster occurs it is imperative to have an emergency plan. In our homes, we should assess all entry and exit points, after which we should decide on the best way out in case a fire breaks out or a criminal enters our home.

For instance, if attackers break into a house via the front entrance, the family can escape through an opening at the back of the house. Some openings must be identified, and retractable security barriers fitted to them. Then, the keys for those security barriers should be kept in a secret but accessible place.



Final Thoughts

When it comes to personal security, you can’t afford to let your guard down. In fact, there is nothing more important than your well-being. However, all the healthy foods in the world cannot save you from an impending attack. This is why not only provides food for survival during emergencies but also teaches their customers other survival tactics in the case of disasters and other life-threatening situations. Therefore, to enhance your personal security and increase your chances of surviving a dangerous situation, you need to have the aforementioned personal security tricks at your fingertips.


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