Welcome back to part two of this two-part series of tips to avoid becoming the victim of a violent crime. In part one, we discussed staying alert to your surrounding, masking your vulnerability, and questioning those things that offer a false sense of security. Follow along as we offer a few more practical tips.
4. Choose your company wisely.
An FBI detective once said “familiarity breeds attempt.” This quote is a comment about how most violent crimes are perpetrated against someone that the aggressor knows. Whether it is a crime of passion or a planned out violent act, nearly two-thirds of homicide victims knew their murderers and 9 out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knew, if only in passing. Of course, this does not mean that every person you know is just waiting for the chance to hurt you, nor does it mean that you shouldn’t get close to people, it simply means that you should choose your company wisely.
5. Don’t perpetrate violence.As the old adage goes, “you have to BE the change you want to see in the world.” It is important to take responsibility for the way you treat others and ensure that you are not perpetrating violence or victimizing others. Your thoughts, words, and actions should seek to protect and empower others. Don’t commit violence, and if you see it, say something rather than turning a blind eye. Remember that if you are willing to pretend you don’t see violence toward another person, you cannot expect someone else to intervene on violence against you. This is not to say that you should jump in or volunteer yourself as tribute, but if you see something, you can call the cops, a bouncer, or anyone else who can help. Don’t just “mind your business.” Each one of us has to break the cycle to end the cycle.
6. Arm yourself.
Things happen, and the world is full of devious people. That is neither your fault nor your responsibility to bear. However, you can be prepared — arm yourself. Arm yourself with the knowledge and awareness. Arm yourself with the tools to help defend yourself. Always carry a fully-charged cell phone and keep your gas tank full. Anticipate escape routes and have a plan of defense should the need arise. If you aren’t a krav maga master, carry a form of self-defense equipment — pepper spray, taser, stun gun, knife, or firearm — to ensure you are able to fight back.
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