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How Can You Handle Yourself On The Street

Aug 17, 2007
What do you do if you find yourself in a dangerous situation?

Not many folks know the answer to that question,preferring instead to think that it won't happen to them, or it can't happen to them; because of who they are, what they do, or where they live.

This is just plain foolishness.

One of every seven people will be involved in a violent and dangerous crime situation in their lifetime. If you come from a large family like I do, it means that two of your immediate family will be involved in a violent crime as victims.

That strikes pretty close to home, doesn't it?

The victims could be your parents, or younger brothers and sisters.

Over the years I have seen scores of victims, and it is never a pretty picture.

Here are a few simple questions you need to ask yourself, your family,and friends.

1) If your bodies built in alarm system goes off, do you listen?

2) If you think you are being followed, what do you do?

3) On the street do you walk with your head up, or do you watch the pavement?

4) Are you wearing an outfit that restricts your movement?

5) Are you wearing something inappropriate for the time and place?

6) Are you walking with your hands in your pockets?

7) Is your car parked in an isolated or deserted area?

8) Do you know the location of the nearest police station?

9) Do take short cuts involving alleys and backstreets?

10) When you pay for something, do you show credit cards and cash?

You would be surprsied at how many people get themselves into a bad situation, overriding their bodies warning system. They'll often tell the police, or medical personnel, "I knew something was wrong..."

If your body sends off an alarm, get the hell out of the area, or situation, as fast as you can go. Don't blow it off, get moving right away.

If you think someone is following you, get to an area where there are a lot of people as fast as you can. It's important not to panic. Get to a taxi, a store, a restaurant, a friends house, or any public place. Call the police, and try and give a description of who is following you. Ask for an escort home.

Walking on the street you should always have your head up, and look confident. If you are walking and unaware of your situation, you are opening yourself to an attack.

Restrictive clothing can be bad news if you have to break into a run. Dress shoes, high heels, a suit, an evening dress, can really slow you down if you need to leave an area fast.

Wearing a $25,000 watch in a rough area is just plain silly unless you have a bodyguard. The same goes for expensive jewelry, or a fur coat. Use common sense.

Walking with your hands in your pockets is just plain dumb, even if it looks cool. A mook can take you down with one hand, before you are even aware of what is happening.

Park your car as close to where you are as possible, and don't park anywhere where there is no lighting, or your car is isolated. Get an escort to your car, or have someone drive you to your car, and wait while you get in.

Many crimes are committed close to police stations, or sub stations, and the victims have no idea they were a shout, or seconds away from help. Know the area you are in, even check it out beforehand.

Don't use back streets and alleys. Stay in areas that are well lit, that don't have dumpsters or other objects that can hide mooks.

When you pay for something, don't use large bills, or flash a roll. This goes double for women, who are always getting in a purse or a wallet with way too many credit cards. If you are using a credit card, pull it before paying, and put it in a pocket right away. Show as little as possible.

These are some very simple rules to follow, and believe it or not, they will keep you out of a lot of trouble.

Mooks don't attack people who are confident, and aware of what's going on around them. They look for weakness,just like in the animal kingdom. People who don't look like they know what they are doing are sending signals to mooks that say, "attack me."

There is no reason I can think of to be a victim.

Follow these simple rules, and reduce your chances of being that one in seven.
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