Guarding Your Personal Safety Anywhere In The World

August 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Delta Force Threat Awareness & Avoidance | Leave a comment
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Below are some of the more important safety tactics two Delta Force instructors lectured about and demonstrated during an eight-hour course in self-defense:

  • Your chances of being a victim of a crime are better than being in an accident. If you familiarize yourself with the psychology of defense, you will be less likely to become a victim.
  • Defensive psychology is the science of learning how to deal with potentially violent situations. You must mentally condition your mind so that you will be able to react.
  • Criminals want to keep you off balance so you can’t think. If you can’t think, they have the advantage over you. To inhibit you to think for yourself, they use fear tactics. They’ll do crazy things to freeze you in fear.
  • There are three parts to defensive psychology: (1) Pre-confrontation (2) Confrontation and (3) Post confrontation. Pre-confrontation is the most important. In Pre-confrontation, you have (a) Anticipation (b) Alertness and (c) Awareness. The instructor used an actor who must memorize lines as an example. Acting requires a “mind set” type of mental practice –   a discipline of the mind perfected by repetition and hours of practice until memorized lines become second nature. If you want to have confidence in yourself, you can attain this by practicing although false confidence in yourself or your physical abilities can get you into trouble. The instructor told the story of a young woman who thought she could protect herself just because she had a course or two in self-defense. She went around looking for trouble, and a man she had a confrontation with just about killed her. So you don’t want to make the mistake of being overconfident in skills you really may not possess. Know yourself. Try to anticipate what might happen and come up with a solution to the problem in order to save yourself. The instructor suggested watching crime shows on TV, watching situations the characters get themselves into then figure out the best methods of getting out of them. By doing this enough, one can get his mind thinking more sharply in preparation for any real-life problems which may occur.
  • Sudden danger can occur at any time. It will usually surprise you, jolting you off-balance. People have difficulty immediately reacting, because they’ve been lulled into security, following the same routines daily without incident. If you are surprised by sudden danger, it is very important that your mind does not freeze. You must keep your wits about you and think your way out of a bad situation.
  • Most rapes are planned out first in detail. There are several types of rapists. They’re either motivated by rage, a need to wield power or they may be sadistic. The sadistic rapist usually kills his victims.
  • Double dating is much safer, because there is safety in numbers especially if you do not know the man very well.
  • Always be aware of what is going on around you no matter where you are. That is the key to being a victim or not being a victim.
  • Burglars operate between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and midnight. Normally, they don’t burglarize on weekends. If your home is burglarized on a weekend or during hours other than listed above, it’s because they’ve been watching your actions and know your schedule and that you have left your home. Or, they tried a doorknob randomly as they walked through a neighborhood and found a door unlocked.
  • Muggers will use extreme violence, putting a chokehold on you.
  • Criminals want people to be careless, making their jobs easier. They prefer that people don’t pay attention to what is going on around them.
  • Be much more alert in the dark, even when people are closely situated around you, because someone could grab your purse if you’re preoccupied.
  • If a mugger wants you to hand over your wallet or purse, don’t agitate him. Stay calm, speak softly, trying to back away. If he has a gun, he probably won’t use it then. But if you make sudden movements or throw your wallet or purse at him, he may startle and shoot you out of a nervous movement rather than really intending to.
  • Never present victim-like tendencies. For example, walking down the street, look around observing things. Don’t stare at the ground. If you walk toward a man and your purse is on his side, switch your purse to the other hand away from the man before you approach each other.
  • Know who your friends are and how they make a living–especially in this day and age. Drug dealers are always getting wiped out. If you happen to be with a drug dealer, whether just as an innocent friend or acquaintance, and he is going to get shot, the people with him will get shot, too. It may be exciting to have an “interesting” friend like a drug dealer, but it will be extremely dangerous for you.
  • Never walk with your hands in your pockets no matter how cold it is. If you have to, wear gloves. If you have to defend yourself, your hands will be ready, not stuck in your pockets. Likewise, if it’s cold out, don’t scrunch your head down into your coat. It will be harder to hear what’s going on around you or if someone is trying to sneak up behind you. Wear a warm hat instead, and a warm coat buttoned up to keep your neck warm.
  • Everyone has a personal zone–an area of space around each of us which safely should extend a foot or so beyond the distance of our outstretched arms. Don’t let anyone get too close to you, invading your personal zone. If they get too close, there is a great danger they will do something like grab you, knife you, etc. If someone tries to stop you as you walk along, keep walking. You might make them angry if you don’t stop, but keep walking anyway as long as you are walking toward a lighted area, a safe area where there are more people, or else walk back to the building you just exited from where there is safety. Don’t accidentally walk or run away from a lighted, well-populated area into a dark area or away from safety just to get away from this man. And, don’t walk to a stranger. Let him walk to you. If he has to walk to you, your natural defenses are up more so than if you walk to him.
  • If you have to use a public phone booth late at night, keep your back to the wall. Don’t turn your back toward the street or any other area where someone can sneak up on you. Keep alert to what’s going on around you as you talk.
  • Be a difficult target. Use your peripheral vision. Take everything in as you walk through life. Stay alert. Don’t be predictable. Change up your daily routine.
  • If someone approaches you and you sense danger, turn your body sideways and bend your knees so you can’t easily be knocked over. If they see you take that stance, they might leave you alone thinking you are trained in self-defense.
  • When walking on the street, look way ahead to analyze if there are any bad situations up ahead. That way if there are, you will have enough time to be warned so you can get out of there, being in control of your safety.
  • Even during daylight hours, park your car in areas close in and park under light standards. That way, if you stay in a shopping center longer than you anticipated, when you do come out and it is after dark, it will be safer to go to your car.
  • Avoid people in parked vans and cars. Keep a distance between them and you. Don’t walk between parked vehicles. Stay away from bushes. Don’t walk close to buildings. Walk out away from buildings, because it is not easy to see someone hiding around a corner or in a recessed area of a building. The more distance there is between strangers and yourself, the better.
  • When walking to your car parked in a parking lot, make a conscientious effort to see if there is anything suspicious going on like either a person sitting in a car, standing beside a car or just loitering in the parking lot which usually means he is up to no good. If you come out of a store and see a stranger standing at your car and your tires are all flat, he may have been the one that damaged your tires and he still may have a knife in his hand or have it hidden somewhere on him. It is better to go back to the store and call the police rather than rush up to the man, accusing him of flattening your tires. Your life is more important than a set of tires.
  • It doesn’t take but a few seconds for a kidnapper to come up to a person attempting to open their car door, push that person inside their car, jump in, start the engine and drive off in broad daylight while shocked witnesses are watching.
  • Parking garages are dangerous day and night.
  • Parking lots are always dangerous areas.
  • Elevators are always dangerous areas.
  • Stay away from groups of men if there are no women in them. Young men in a group are more likely to do bad things spontaneously without thinking.
  • Restrict information about yourself to strangers or people who you think may overhear you talking.
  • Be wary of strange phone calls. If you answer your phone and the caller says, “Who’s this?” answer their question with a question saying, “Who did you want?”
  • If you are going from a lighted area to a dark area, give yourself a few minutes for your eyes to acclimate to the dark so that you will be able to see if there is any danger out there.
  • If you think you are being followed (you speed up, they speed up; you slow down, they slow down; you turn, they turn, etc.) hurry toward a lighted area, a store, a building, a fire station and call police! The reason Henry Lee Lucas, a serial killer, was able to get away with so many murders was because women were negligent in calling the police. When he followed them, if they realized they were being followed, they usually stopped at a store for a while, waited until he left, then they left without calling the police. When they continued down the road, he was out there waiting for them and finally got to them out there in the deserted, dark areas.
  • If you are being followed, you can always throw your wallet or purse (minus your car keys) in a mailbox for retrieval later, freeing your hands to defend yourself.
  • If you call police, give your location first. Give your name after you tell them the problem. If you have to leave, tell them which direction you are heading, otherwise stay there at the phone if they will be there in a short time. In a phone booth, you can jam your foot against the doors to keep someone out, but if he has a large cinder block to throw into the glass, you may have to leave.
  • If you have paid to attend a sporting event or show, and things get out of hand, leave! Don’t stand around or get close to gawk at a problem. More people have been hurt and killed because of something like that. It is better to lose the price of your admission fee than to get hurt or involved just because you are there. No use catching a stray bullet from an argument that has developed into a bad situation.
  • If your office building has a card-entry system you use to let yourself into the building, and if someone is standing around waiting for someone else to let him into the building, don’t go into the building. Wait for the man to leave, then let yourself into the building.
  • Before going into convenience stores like 7-Eleven, look in the windows first to make sure no holdup is in progress.
  • It is up to you to pick up on bad situations. Be attuned. If in a grocery store a man follows you around or seems to be staring at you et cetera, you had better tell the store manager to call the police. Otherwise it may be too late for you if he follows you out to your car.
  • If you see something is wrong up ahead of you, stop! Don’t keep walking into a fistfight, a mugging or anything else.
  • Advance preparation is very important in defending yourself. Delta Force members are trained to never be caught off-guard in any situation. They can accept being overpowered or over manned by the enemy, but they will never  be defeated by the element of surprise. With advance preparation, it is easy to carry out immediate action to save yourself.
  • Put yourself in the place of a victim you read about in the paper then decide how you would get out of that situation. Decide in advance what you should do to completely avoid that type of situation in the first place.
  • Alertness is a stage of readiness when a warning is in effect. As a level of danger increases, the level of alertness should also increase. If you are alert, you will be able to respond faster. To defend yourself, always be on the lookout, paying attention to what is going on around you. Does one of your enemies inside that bar or club hate you so much he’ll want to punch you out the minute he sees you? If so, don’t go in there. Don’t wander around aimlessly, either. If you wander around aimlessly, that fact alone makes you a target which seems stupid, but it’s true. For example, if you walk into a restaurant, take notice of where the restroom is, the checkout counter, etc. That way, if you have to use the restroom, you can walk directly there. For some reason, fumbling around a room or place looking for a restroom or something similar makes you a target for the mugger, con man or anyone else intending to do some harm. If there is a potential threat, evaluate it and raise your level of alertness.
  • People are watching other people all the time, especially inside and outside malls. If you observe, you will see someone usually sitting, watching people come and go. Usually that person is up to no good. He is looking for someone to take advantage of. If you are inside a mall with a friend and you notice a stranger acting suspicious to you or your friend, be sure to notify your friend of the situation. Don’t keep the problem to yourself. That way, you both can do something about potential trouble by having the store security person question the man.
  • How ready you are to face danger is the most important thing. Awareness is the ability to perceive the world around us. Developing your intuition is a critical skill. Humans have five senses – sight, smell, touch, hearing and tasting. We have a sixth sense, too, which is intuition. Your intuition is never wrong! You may have to make sure what you feel is not confused with reason or emotions, because your reasoning may be wrong and so may your emotions. But according to the Delta Force instructors, your intuition is never wrong.  Since reason, emotion and intuition don’t occur in any set order, you have to be certain which is really intuition. If your intuition tells you the mugger doesn’t really want to kill you, you’re probably right. Yet, if your intuition tells you you’d better shut up and not agitate the mugger more by arguing or cussing at him, you’re intuition is probably right again. Go by what your intuition tells you.
  • The threat awareness process requires you to educate yourself, tune your senses and process information. If you walk by a car and smell a sulphur odor, a car bomb is about to go off. Run as fast as you can away from that car. Of course, if a time bomb is attached, there is nothing much in the way of advance notice.
  • There are four danger situations: (1) Hostile. When people act weird or angry, stay away from them. (2) Danger. If you see someone holding a weapon, leave. (3) Suspicious. A man or men sitting in a car acting suspiciously usually are up to no good.  (4) Unlawful. Someone kicking in a door.
  • It is extra dangerous in motels, hotels and apartments, because you have a large concentration of strangers in a small area that don’t know anything about each other.
  • Schoolyards are always unsafe. Something is always happening on and around schoolyards, especially after school is out.
  • Walk-up and drive-up money vending areas always are unsafe. Even in a car, someone can sneak up behind your vehicle while you are preoccupied. Stay alert!
  • Don’t stand too close to a man or let him stand too close to you. If a man walks toward you and has something “up his sleeve” he may try to disguise his actions by acting like he has tripped. He may try to stop you by asking for the time, directions or whatever, then he’ll try to snatch your purse. And, if he has been observing you and knows your daily habits, he will try to get to you later even if it takes a week or a month.
  • By sitting in a shopping mall, you will be able to observe people purposely following others around. People watching is a good study habit. You will be able to learn what is normal and what is abnormal behavior in strangers. Also, by watching body language of others, you will begin to develop the presence of mind to pay attention to your own body language and actions to see if you are setting yourself up to be a victim.
  • Home security actually applies wherever you are whether you are in a motel, hotel or away from home temporarily or for a long time.
  • Get rid of areas around your house that provide hiding places for burglars such as large bushes and shrubs. Use lighting to light dark areas or areas burglars can break into. If doors are made of a poor construction, replace them with solid core wood.
  • If your door happens to have hinges on the outside, a burglar can remove them to enter. To counteract that, you can remove two of the screws which hold the metal plate to the wood and replace them with nails. That way, the burglar can’t get the door open even if he removes the hinge pins. Any locksmith can provide you with details. For a door that really needs to be barricaded, a drop bar with an L-shaped bracket on each side of the door will keep people out.
  • The keyless barrier lock is effective. It is a small, brass hinge-type device which you manually lift and set down over itself, prohibiting someone who has a key to your door from being able to enter once their key is engaged.
  • When you are driving in your car, make sure your doors are locked. If someone follows you, try to get their license plate number, the description of the car, the number of people in the car and then call the police. To make certain someone actually is following you, make three right turns. If they do the same, they are following you. Make sure you are not being followed on your way home. You do not want to let them know where you live.
  • When you get home, if your door is open, do not enter! Call police. If you have already entered your home and discover someone is in there that should not be, get out as fast as you can or put as many locked doors as you possibly can between you and the intruder.
  • What do you do if you can’t avoid a confrontation? Do Not Panic! Be skilled with your emotions. Don’t freeze or panic. Fear is an emotional warning system. Some fear is beneficial, of course, like fear of getting burned. Courage is the control of fear. How do you control fear? Through knowledge.
  • The fight or flight reflex has been around as long as man has existed. One should take fear and turn it into controlled anger. Anger will, in turn, give you confidence which gives you control. You must control your emotions, no matter what, to be able to control the situation.
  • Analyze any confrontation with these methods: (1) Size. What size is he? Can he hurt me? Is he big? Tall? (2) Activity. What is happening that I don’t like? (3) Look. Take a look at your location so you know where you are. If you have to run, you don’t want to run to a worse predicament. (4) Uniform. Look at what this person is wearing. Will their dress hinder them in any way or inhibit them from coming after you if you run? (5) Time. It can have an impact on what you do or where you go. If you run, you should be sure where you attempt to go is still open and not closed because of the time of night. (6) Equipment. What does he have on him or around him he can hurt you with?
  • In violent situations, the mind usually races, spinning, speeding fast, analyzing what is going on or what is about to happen to you that in effect, makes everything else in real life seem like it is moving very slowly. It’s almost like a rolodex card file spinning around out of control when suddenly your mind stops on one of those cards. That’s when a direct perception of truth of fact comes into play and your intuition takes over. Intuition is infallible. It can not be wrong. Your intuition will pick the best answer for you at that time as to what you should do to handle the situation. Your options will be either to resist or comply with what the mugger demands. Then it is up to you to carry that through.
  • What are some of the options you can use? If he is eyeball to eyeball with you, trying to make you very fearful, you must control your fear. He is trying to make you extremely fearful. The more fear he can instill in you, the more he can control you and get you to do whatever he wants you to do. Don’t let the criminal control your mind even if you are staring at the barrel of a shotgun.
  • The very first moment we sense danger, we should think about escape, but we should have a plan for escape. Don’t try to run away with high heels on. First kick them off then run like the devil. Take your car keys out of your purse, then leave your purse behind. Don’t try to run with your purse in your hand or carrying packages. Drop them. Try to put as many obstacles between yourself and that person as you can, however, watch where you are running so you don’t run into barbed wire or fall into a hole and break your ankle.
  • If you can’t escape, try negotiation. But you have to be careful with negotiation. You can make someone mad trying to negotiate to keep your jewelry, for instance. In his mind, those are his. If he backs off, don’t come on strong then, cursing or arguing because he might change his mind and make you sorry you did. Stay calm, be in control to defuse the situation. Don’t cry or beg. Doing that can trigger a sadistic streak making the situation worse by causing him to become more violent.
  • Try to identify with him or find some kind of common ground to defuse the situation so he won’t want to hurt you anymore.
  • Look for signs of the person wanting to deescalate the situation. If he shows signs of wanting to back off from what he is doing, don’t act tough. If he tries to back down, let him do it. If he tells you to shut up, do it. Many criminals are on drugs so one has to be careful not to make a bad situation much worse than it already is.
  • If he has a gun, you may have to comply with what he says.
  • If he wants your wallet or purse, first tell him that you will give it to him, but before making any moves, tell him you are going to move your hand to get your wallet so he doesn’t think you are going for a weapon. Then move very slowly. Hand it to him slowly and back away slowly. Speak quietly and see if he will let you walk away since he has your money. If he has a gun and makes you stay, then you have to stay.
  • In assault cases, women have tried off-the-wall things like saying they have AIDS, VD, Herpes, etc. They have fainted, acting like they have epilepsy, thrown up, defecated on themselves, etc. Sometimes these things work, sometimes they don’t. If you act like you’re fainting, the man might think, “Good!” Then he’ll jump on top of you. A man might be so cruel and demented none of the above will stop him but will only make him more vindictive and unspeakably inhumane.
  • Your last option is to fight. Fighting is when everything else won’t work. Any and everything is fair in a fight. Try kicking, biting, stabbing…whatever you can do to win, to beat the other person. The person who wins the fight is the person with the most willpower and spirit to win and to live. One must take all their fear and turn it into aggression. One must be so aggressive, doing whatever it takes, that the mugger figures he better give up against this psychotic, this wildcat who will do anything to win. When you fight, you must fight to kill. If you put the adrenalin in your body to full use, you will be able to do feats you never thought imaginable. You must have more will to win than he does.
  • If you ever have to kill someone in self-defense, you must resist mental anguish and not let it bother you or ruin your life.
  • Other things a man or woman can do to get away from a mugger: A knee or swift kick to the groin, poking fingers into their eyes, hitting the nose hard with the palm of your hand, forcing bones upwards into the head, and if held tightly, a couple of fingers pressing hard into the neck, just below the Adam’s apple at that indention in the neck will cut off air to the windpipe, choking the person. Or, hit the person hard in that same area of his neck with your fist, just below his Adam’s apple then take off running.
  • I could go on and on, but I would like to offer one final word of advice about your safety: Many times, television and newspaper media report home-invasion robberies, but they never go into details about how to avoid them. If the doorbell rings, go out on a second-story porch if you have one to see who’s there. If they look and act suspicious, don’t go downstairs to open the door. If you have no porch or downstairs window to talk through, talk through the door, but do not open the door. Ask, “Who’s there?” If they give a name you are unfamiliar with and you do not know them, do not open the door. Don’t ask, “Is that you, Johnnie or Billie?” because they will automatically say, “Yes.” When you open the door, Bingo! They will rush in, overtake you, then may God help you.

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