With the slow recovery from the economic downfall, many cities are reporting increased levels of crime, from domestic abuse to assaults on the street. The links between waning government budgets, cops on the street, and the rise in crime are obvious ones. On the other hand, whether the world is experiencing financial turmoil or not, individuals need to take responsibility for its own personal safety at all times.
Even if we did return to the same number of cops from before the bubble burst, we will never have a 1:1 ratio of cops to civilians. Therefore, you always need to have a solution in case an attack occurs and you only have a couple critical seconds to react.
In any case, the attacker always has the advantage because he knows exactly when the attack is going to happen and to whom. Then, with fewer numbers of police officers, attackers gain a greater advantage because there is more opportunity to strike. Therefore, citizens should develop a plan to first prevent an attack from happening as well as a plan of protection during an attack.
With a two-part personal safety plan, an individual substantially reduces his/her chances of being targeted as a victim. Here are some simple ways to prevent an attack from occurring:
· Walk with confidence – when you portray self-worth, you make an attacker believe you would be more likely to fight back, which makes for a bad victim in his eyes. · Carry a tangible reminder – it’s easy to put personal safety on the back burner because we rarely personally encounter reasons to be concerned. A physical reminder, like a yellow bracelet or yellow sticker or pepper spray, will help keep safety top of mind. · Stay at least 12 feet from strangers on the street – this puts you at a safe distance in the situation where someone becomes suspicious and tries to attack. It gives you a chance to react appropriately, whether that’s telling someone to stay back or using pepper spray. · Don’t expose valuables in public –when you use mobile devices outside, you give an attacker a good reason to target you over someone else. It’s not unheard of for an attacker to identify a person with an expensive item and follow that person until fewer people are around to witness.