<strong>Keep your eyes open.</strong></br> It is important to keep your chin up and eyes open. Unless you are looking around you will never see a threat. Do not be shy about making eye contact with people. To a potential predator it is a sign that you are aware of their presence.
<strong>If possible and legal, carry a defensive firearm.</strong></br> The ability to defend yourself if a threat appears is critical. Training on this topic is non-negotiable. It is essential that you seek professional instruction in order to safely and effectively use a firearm.
<Strong>Train in open-hand defense combatives.</strong></br> Be it a beginner self-defense class or ongoing martial arts, training can provide you with the ability to fend off an attacker. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of self-defense programs available across the U.S. Seek them out and choose one that fits you.
<strong>Always have your phone with you.</strong></br> The ability to call for help can mean the difference between life and death. Even if you are walking along and feel that you are in danger—call for help!
<strong>Avoid crowded areas while alone.</strong></br> If possible, always have a friend or loved one with you. Predators rarely attack people with a companion. Predators are seeking easy targets. By moving in pairs or groups you diminish your vulnerability.
<strong>Use your environment as a tool.</strong></br> When you are walking down the street, use store windows or car rear-view mirrors to see behind you. If you suspect danger, move to put parked cars between you and the threat.
<strong>Watch the hands.</strong></br> As important as looking people in the eye is looking at their hands. If they have a weapon, or if they are trying to conceal one, a quick hand check will alert you.
<strong>Look as far down your path as possible.</strong></br> The earlier you can see a possible threat, the sooner you can avoid it. If you are driving, you can avoid traffic issues as effectively as someone avoiding a dangerous-looking group.
<strong>Don’t be afraid to tell someone to stay away.</strong></br> If you are being approached, put your hand up and say, “Stop.” This is the international sign for come no further. If they continue to advance, you have room and time to turn and escape.
<strong>Take responsibility for your own safety.</strong></br> Many people rely on the idea that the police will protect them. While this is indeed their job, the ratio of officers to civilians is shockingly low. Police for the most part are going to be on scene after the event has occurred. You must be prepared to take care of yourself.
There are certain habits that couple with our Condition Yellow in everyday life. By utilizing these habits you will dramatically improve your ability to avoid danger before it becomes a problem.
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