Self defense and situational awareness tips that can save your life
RAPID CITY, S.D. – From childhood, most of us are taught to steer clear of strangers and use the buddy system. What happens when you are alone and the stranger won’t steer clear of you?
Although weapons can be useful, they can also come with consequences even if used for self-defense.
Situational awareness is an effective way to prevent an incident. Pay attention to things that seem out of the ordinary, such as wearing sunglasses at night or indoors.
If you go somewhere at night always park in a well-lit area and near other cars and people. For those who like to run at night, always wear colorful clothing or reflective gear. In any situation, you want to make sure that you are in an area where people will notice you.
Be aware if you notice that someone is consistently in the same aisle as you at the store, checking out at the same time as you, and if they seem to be hiding features that make them identifiable. In this situation staying calm and confident are important.
If you are in a store speak to management. They may be able to send security or an employee to escort you to your car safely.
Once a situation escalates to the point where someone grabs you, the main goal is to escape. Sensitive areas to target are the eyes, neck, and groin. Useful pressure points are in between the thumb and index finger, and behind the earlobe on the divot between the neck and jaw. Applying pressure to these areas can loosen someone’s grip or make them disoriented so you can make an escape.
There is more good than bad in the world, but it is always best to be prepared for both.