Turn on any news station and you’ll undoubtedly find news of crimes being committed. Those crimes could be anywhere: far away or right in your own neighborhood. There are a variety of strategies each law-abiding citizen can employ in order to ensure their own personal safety. Each person will need to evaluate him- or herself to utilize only the measures that fall into his or her own comfort zone. For some people, that means carrying a Glock 43x; for others, they’ll feel more empowered after taking a self-defense class. What actions will you be comfortable using to keep yourself safe?
Move Your Body
For some people, their own bodies will be all they need to feel safe. A quick search for self-defense classes yields many options. You can choose to narrow your search by gender, age, location, or beginner, intermediate or advanced classes. Some classes are even offered online. The content of the classes will vary according to the instructor. Many classes will, however, include information on situational awareness, avoiding troubling locations and what to do if someone grabs you.
Some people take training their bodies to the next level by choosing to study martial arts. You can find a studio near you for many different martial arts disciplines. Not all are based on aggressive movements and many feature a component of learning self-control.
Tools, Not Toys
There are many people who won’t be able to take martial arts or self-defense classes due to the limitations of their own bodies. For those and others who don’t take classes, there are tools available to help each of us maintain our personal safety. Each of these tools needs to be treated with respect and not as a toy.
Electronic safety devices such as stun guns and Tasers vary in availability and legality from state to state. You can check with your local law enforcement branch as to whether they’re legal in your area. You may have to take a class to demonstrate you can use the devices safely before you’re permitted to carry them. Some electronic safety devices aren’t aggressive. They’re personal alarms you can wear to alert others you need help.
Knives can give many people a sense of safety. They’re limited, though, because you have to let your assailant get close to you before you can use them. Guns are the tool of choice for many. With new options that unlock firing functions based on fingerprint identification, they’re also becoming a safer alternative.
Your personal safety is important. Explore the options you have to keep yourself secure.