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Most universities and colleges will go to great lengths to ensure the protection of their students. Visual reminders of this include campus cameras, Campus Security and various building safety measures. Safety, however, goes beyond relying on these external measures. It includes taking the initiative to safeguard your own protection. So, before heading off to university, we suggest familiarising yourself with these crucial student safety tips:

STUDENT safety tip #1

Distribute your class schedule with your family and CLOSE network of friends. This will create a type of buddy system where those closest to you are made aware of your daily whereabouts. Make sure that your parents and friends all have each other numbers too in case of emergency! 

STUDENT Safety tip #2

Do not give your student card or room key to ANYONE. And we really do mean no anyone. Keys can be copied and used to access your room without your consent. Individuals may also use your student card to access various areas of campus, endangering both you and fellow students. 

STUDENT safety tip #3

Every university has a security office and full-time Campus Security that forms part of your tuition. Make use of this resource and ensure that you know where their offices are located on campus. Your university website will also provide you with their emergency numbers. Familiarise yourself with their offerings which might include:

–          Campus Security escort service

–          University safety apps

–          Emergency phone stations

–          Campus maps 

STUDENT safety tip #4

Very few things are more empowering than self-defence and situational awareness. It will have you feeling more confident and most importantly, feeling a little safer. No, you don’t need to be aiming for a black belt, but rather basic, yet effective, self-defence moves. Make sure to check out any local self-defence classes in your area.

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #5

Always have a few safety supplies on your person. This could be a little bottle of pepper spray or a mini taser. This should be kept in an easily accessible place so you can grab it at any time! We suggest adding it either to your keychain or to a lanyard that hangs under your shirt. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #6

When it comes to safety tips – this one is important – ALWAYS lock your room door. Even if you are just heading out for a few minutes. If your room is located on the first floor, make sure to also lock your windows. Keep all valuables safe in a locked drawer or hidden safe. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #7

Social media is a fantastic platform to keep up to date with friends and family. This space is also a breeding ground for predators. Steer clear of geotagging your photos or revealing your exact location. We suggest taking the time out to do a full social media safety audit

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #8

Before getting into your car, always check your wheels. A common tactic amongst criminals is to place sharp objects into your tyres, ensuring that you are unable to drive far distances. When approaching your vehicle, walk at a slight angle, assessing if any predators are potentially already in your car. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #9

Venturing to a new part of campus? Make sure to familiarise yourself with the area using your campus map. Always walk with confidence and hide all electronics that will distract you and make you an easier target. 

STUDENT SAFETY TIP #10

Should you be a victim of ANY crime, notify both the police and Campus Security. Reporting the incident will help authorities mitigate future risks. Your university also maintains strong relations with local police, who will be able to help assist in future.

These simple precautions are not only cost-effective but easy to apply in your daily life. Student safety remains a priority, so take responsibility for your personal security by employing these tips today!

According to the Cambridge English dictionary, the word safety is a state in which one feels safe and not in danger or at risk. This definition is often confused with the word ‘security’. Security, however, is the prevention of malicious activities orchestrated by other individuals.

Understanding the various types of safety and security will help you control recognizable hazards and help mitigate the risks. These security tiers include internet, national and personal security to name a few.

Internet security

Internet security is a division of computer safety. This branch specifically deals with all internet (online) based threats. These threats include website viruses, malware, data damage and unauthorised system access to name a few. The internet is an open computer network. It allows for free exchanges of both information and ideas. There has been a recent surge in online-based threats. This highlights the vulnerabilities of the digital space. It also emphasizes the inherent dangerous and unsafe nature of the internet.

Did you know that everything that we do on the internet ultimately leaves a digital footprint? Whenever we engage on the internet, from sending personal emails to splurging on online shopping sites, we are essentially divulging our personal data. This information is then sent into an ever-changing computer series and various network links. Hackers then intercept, retrieve this information and use it in tandem with various breaches.

Common internet security issues

· Hackers – Individuals that attempt to circumvent or breach internet security measures.

· Spyware – The aim of spyware is to obtain personal information. This starts with following individuals browsing habits. Spyware helps in targeted advertising efforts.

· Viruses – Viruses are specialised programmes that gain entry into unsuspecting individual’s computers. Their foothold in the system either corrupts or destroys data and damages the machine.

· Phishing – Traditionally this is when data is acquired, mostly credit card details, bank account information etc. for financial gains or to commit identity theft.

· Online identity theft – Stealing the identity of an individual over the internet for personal gains, particularly that of financial motive.

· Worms – Worms are self-replicating malicious malware that spread through your network, that spread copies of your computer across the internet.

· Spam – Unsolicited messages that are sent via the internet. Some of which are embedded with malware.

Means of protection

· Anti-spyware

· Bot protection

· Antivirus

· Memory firewalls

· Defence+

National security

National security is a state requirement. It entails ensuring the survival of the nation. Protection strategies employ tactical efforts within branches of government. This to ensure the protection of society. This includes diplomacy efforts to economic interests, political maintenance and power projections etc. National security looks to examine all potential threats, their prevention and contingency plans for future use. Essentially, this form of protection is the ability for a nation to protect itself, and its citizens, from external threats.

National security subdivisions

· Economic – Ensuring the financial strength and stability of a nation.

· Territorial – Protecting the physical boundaries and borders of a country.

· Physical – Minimising injuries, chronic illnesses and death caused being national disasters or pandemics

· Ecological – Preventing environmental damage.

· Political and social – Mitigating violations of the law.

Means of protection

· Diplomacy used to isolate threats and rally allies.

· Stimulation of economic efforts through job creations, industry expansion, international relations etc.

· Maintaining substantial armed forces.

· Emergency preparation measures.

· Legislation.

· Intelligence services.

· Implementing civil defence strategies.

Personal security

Personal security pertains to the undisturbed enjoyment of man’s life, including body, reputation and health. It is essentially deterring all means of crime on an individual. At its most basic level, it entails following necessary tools, mindsets and abilities to ensure overall safety.

Personal protection “barriers” use the same procedural barriers as physical and technical barriers. The aim in this regard is to protect a house, company facility or person. Personal protection barriers may not be made of bricks, mortar or solid hardwood, but they are barriers just the same. Relinquishing those barriers, increases your vulnerability.

Personal protection barriers can include:

  • Maintaining a low profile
  • Avoiding fixed and predictable routines
  • Utilizing situational awareness training
  • Recovering from surprise and maintaining the initiative
  • Life-saving tactics
  • Using initiative

Other barriers also include adopting a positive attitude towards these procedures. It also entails ensuring strong communication and being methodical and consistent at all times. 

The prime goal of personal protection, is to utilise physical security methods to deflect criminal interest in an individual.

Types of personal security

·  Work

·  Travel

·  Roadside

·  Residential

Common threats

· Robbery

· Hijacking

· Theft

·Sexual and physical attack

Means of protection

· Always remain aware and alert!

· Stay handsfree as carrying items make you a vulnerable target.

· Display confidence when walking around.

· Trust your instincts, that if your intuitive feeling tells you that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

Get in contact with Arcangel Protective Services to better increase your personal security.Prioritising your overall safety and security is of the utmost importance to us. Let us help decrease your vulnerability to external threats by clicking here and booking a consultation with our team of specialists.

The festive season can be quite chaotic. The year is coming to an end, everyone needs a break Companies shut down and employees are out of the office. As crazy as everything may seem, this is the perfect opportunity to begin gearing up for the new year. You now have the opportunity to ensure that everything is ready and safe for when your employees return. 

This begs the question – is your office ready and secure for the new year? 

If you aren’t sure, keep reading. We highlight the best ways to ensure that your office is safe and secure. Particularly before your employees even step foot into the new decade. 

Why is office safety and security important?

When your employees leave their homes, they want to know that they’re entering a safe environment. It is the employer’s duty of care to ensure their company and office space is safe and secure.

Concerns around security are topical in any office environment. Along with the threat of workplace violence, security has other important aspects. This includes protecting assets and inventory. As well as maintaining the cybersecurity of data and client information. Each aspect of security has its own challenges and procedures. This is why it might be beneficial to hire a protection company. They will help you implement necessary security procedures. 

Workplace safety is very important for each and every employee. It is the duty and moral responsibility of the company to look after its employees. 

Keeping your office secure enables you to protect:

  • Confidential documents
  • Computers, electronics and other valuable possessions
  • Your staff
  • Your company’s data 

How to secure your office

As you go into the new year, you need to make sure your office is ready for any potential risks. You can start securing your office by doing the following: 

  • Evaluate and assess the security needs of your workplace (a professional can do this for you)
  • Devise a comprehensive policy to cover all security needs
  • Consult with protection specialists to ensure you are covering all bases
  • Get entire aspects installed through third party contractors based on the agreed scope of work
  • Get the system tested and verified as per requirements
  • Commission the system for real-world operations
  • Keep maintaining the systems as per workplace security policy

Risk Assessment

There is no need to be stressing about how secure your company is when you can use our services. We’ve got an easy solution, that you can implement. 

Contact us if you feel like your company security isn’t up to standard. 

We will conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of your company. We will be highlighting areas where you are at great risk. Detailed measures and instructions to increase security will be given. 

Security Protocols

Still feel like you’re being exposed to risks? Start considering the following: 

  • Physical access control: do you have a system in place that controls who comes in and out of the building? Access control will offer your employee a sense of security because they know that not just anyone can enter. 
  • Surveillance: do you have professional and reliable surveillance systems that monitor the internal and external parameters of your company?
  • Proper lighting and alarm system: your parking garages and quieter areas need adequate lighting that will ensure no threats are hiding in plain sight. A fully-functional and operational alarm system is needed in any company. 
  • Clearly marked emergency exits: in the event of an emergency situation, employees need to know the safest way to exit the workplace so that they aren’t stuck in a dangerous situation. 

Secure Travel Management

If this is something your company hasn’t invested in just yet, be sure to reconsider it in the new year. As part of duty of care, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees are protected while travelling for work. 

There are many potential risks and threats when travelling internationally or locally. These risks are not only reserved for the high net worth individual or celebrity. Business and leisure travel may also be affected thus the need for secure travel management. 

Here at Arcangel, our deep understanding of the areas, situations and threats place us in a unique position. We are thus able to provide a secure environment for our clients. The secure travel solutions that we offer begin with a clear understanding of the type of travel and the risks associated with the location and other elements of the itinerary.

We accomplish this by conducting a country assessment and risk analysis. Specific travel planning and contingencies are based on the analysis. Some of our solutions available include pre-travel advance work, secure journey management and personnel tracking. 

Data Protection 

As we rely more and more on online platforms and upload vasts amounts of secure data onto online platforms, the need for adequate data protection is exponential. 

This means you need to start taking your cybersecurity more seriously. The best way to do this is to hire an external organisation that specialises in this type of security. This is what your business might need to do though; 

  • Install and maintain a firewall configuration that provides security and protects and secures the stored data.
  • Do no use default vendor passwords and another parameter of security.
  • Use anti-virus and frequently update their programs to remove any malicious software.
  • Secure systems and applications should be developed and maintained.
  • Those with access to your system should be assigned a unique user ID.
  • Track and supervise network access.
  • Regular testing of security systems and processes should take place.
  • A policy must be maintained that addresses information security for all personnel.
  • Use of cameras to monitor vulnerable areas. Classification of media is required to protect sensitive data.
  • Sensitive Authentication Data must be secured.

Go into the new year ready to take on anything that comes your way. Ensure your company and your employees are protected at all times with comprehensive security policies in place. We would love to give you the confidence to feel safe and secure in the new year, please contact us

The holiday season is an exciting time. After a gruelling year filled with hard work, it is finally time to relax and unwind. No matter what you’ve got planned this holiday, it is important to remember that you still need to be safe. Criminals don’t go on holiday and statistics continue to prove this with criminal activity showing a substantial increase during the festive season. Which is why it’s important to consider holiday safety.

No matter where you’re going, whether abroad or local, your safety will always be a pivotal part of your trip. 

We’ve taken the time to highlight important steps you should take before, during and after your trip. This will ensure that not only you are safe and secure at all times but your belongings are too.

Before you leave

Make sure you contact your alarm or security company before you leave. They should be notified of the days that you will be away and when you’ll return. This will make them aware of the fact that your house is vulnerable during that period. You should also test your alarm system to make sure it is fully operational prior to leaving.

holiday safety

Once you’re confident that your alarm system is in tip-top condition, you need to prepare your house. Make sure you:

  • Get a reliable light timer that will turn certain lights on at a certain time to give the perception that someone is in the house.
  • Don’t close all the curtains and blinds in your home, this makes it blatantly obvious that the house is unoccupied. 
  • If possible, hire a reliable and trustworthy housesitter who stays at your house for the duration of your trip. 
  • Make sure that doors and windows are locked and secure – this includes every window, bolt and security gate. 
  • If your neighbours are close, trusted friends or family, alert them that you will be away for a certain time so that they too can keep an eye on your home. 
  • If you’re leaving after Christmas and you have the boxes that expensive gifts came in, make sure to discard of these boxes and don’t just leave them in the outside bins. 
  • Be sure to lock valuable possessions away or hide them from plain sight. 

During your vacation

Holiday safety isn’t only about securing your home but ensuring that you keep yourself and your family safe while you’re away. 

  • Keep your documentation (passport, ID or driver’s license) close to you or in a secure place. And keep a certified photocopy of these documents in a separate safe place just in case. 
  • Don’t keep large amounts of cash on you.
  • Make sure to plan your routes or expeditions to ensure you are completely comfortable with where you are going to avoid any risky situations. 
  • Before you go on your trip, make sure you’ve done your research to ensure that your accommodation and where you’re going is safe and has a good reputation. 
  • Avoid looking like a tourist, try blending in as much as possible. 
  • Keep your travel and accommodation arrangements to yourself and don’t divulge too much information to people you meet or “friends” you make. 
  • Don’t post too much about your trip on social media. We know it’s exciting to be away and have new experiences that you want to share but you never know who is keeping an eye on your social media pages. Posting on social media that you are away lets criminals know that your house is vacant.
  • Do a security sweep of your hotel room. Always keep your hotel door locked and never answer it for someone you don’t know. If you can, try to get a room near the front desk or the elevator. 

When you’re on your way home

If you are driving home, make sure to plan your route carefully and have the correct amount of money for tolls on the way. Ensure you are well-rested for the trip because car accident rates are heightened during the festive period. 

holiday safety

If your trip was a bit further and you’re flying home, make sure your documentation is safe and easily accessible. Be wary of your personal belongings on the trip home.

While en-route home, check in with your security company to ensure there has been no suspicious activity at your house or in the neighbourhood while you were away. And be careful that no one has followed you into the driveway of your home.

To ensure your holiday safety is at optimal levels, get in contact with us. We will do a thorough risk assessment of your home and help you with your travel safety. We want you to have a happy and safe festive season – no matter what.

You’ve probably heard someone somewhere say “you need to be more aware” but what does this mean and how do you actually do it? Similar to our article on the Power of Visualisation, situational awareness techniques are used to protect yourself before a threat takes place. You need to be more self-aware, more cognizant of your surroundings and take serious note of any irregularities. 

It’s perfectly fine to go to self-defence classes and prepare yourself for when you’re in a dangerous situation but what if you could avoid the situation entirely and not have to protect yourself in the first place? Situational awareness is a crucial self-defence skill in itself. It can successfully get you out of danger and help you avoid confrontation.

You can train yourself to be more aware, there is no need for a class or instructor. You are perfectly capable of training your mind to perceive the world a little differently and more intuitively. With some tips and tricks, you will quickly master the art of situational awareness.  

Situational awareness definition 

According to Security Adviser, “situational awareness is the use of the sensory system to scan the environment. The purpose of this is to identify threats in the present or to project those threats into the near future”.

Simply put, situational awareness consists of learning specific techniques that enable you to become keenly aware of the environment you’re in so that you can identify potential threats that may arise. 

How can situational awareness be improved?

If you feel like you have no idea how to master situational awareness, there is no need to panic. You can improve your own situational awareness in a few steps and with practice. 

There are many ways to improve your awareness but we’ve isolated these at the top 3:

  1. Start by isolating the foreground, middle ground and background of your environment.
  2. Develop your intuition by observing internal changes. Start by noticing things that aren’t out of the norm or unusual from what you’re used to. 
  3. Deny one of your senses. By removing one sense, your other senses are heightened, enabling you to pick up things you previously wouldn’t have been able to. 

Improving your awareness techniques 

Your mind and your senses are your best ally in a variety of situations. This is how you can hone in on using them to your full advantage.  

Sensory awareness

  1. Stop: when you enter a new location and while you’re out and about, you need to stop. Take in your surroundings and think about the following:
  • Who is around you, are they moving and who is standing still? 
  • What do you hear close to you and what sounds register in the distance? 
  • Are there any specific smells in the area? 
  • What is the temperature like against your face and arms? 
  • Is there anything in the environment that strikes you as out of the ordinary, or doesn’t seem to belong?  

By doing this, you are using all of your senses to take in your environment. You have also taken the time to actively acknowledge your surroundings which increases your situational awareness. 

2. Look for something new every day:  as you go about your daily routine and follow the same route to work or as you stop off at the same places, try to spot something new each day that you have never noticed before. 

This will train you to be more conscious of your surroundings, reminding you to actively take note of possible irregularities. 

3. Be aware of sound: note that your sense of hearing tells you about distance. You can judge what might be happening near to you or further away.

4. Explore the darkness: this might sound a little odd but another tip is to become a  nighttime predator in your own home. Turn off all the lights and navigate from room to room. You will discover that this is a multi-sensorial exercise. Touch, hearing and special sensations become amplified. The more you do this, the more you comfortable you’ll feel when your sense of sight is taken from you or when you’re out during the night. 

When considering your sensory awareness, remember your senses of proprioception, balance and kinaesthesia which tell you about movement and space. Which also provides unseen but necessary information. 

Mindful awareness 

As the day marches on, we get lost in our thoughts 

At some time during our day, we may think of an event that took place in the past. At other times in the day, our minds may project into the future. This could be a useful exercise like scenario planning. However, not all future thoughts are useful.

Worry is a common future projection. Our mental space is engrossed with horrors of what might happen. Stress and anxiety, both of which are products of worry, reduce awareness. Criminals are drawn to people who are in this state. It may be wise to change your thought process to be more present, especially during daily errands or while travelling. 

Sometimes our minds focus on the immediate present. Our minds are alert and tuned into our direct space. Our senses absorb the environment. Intuitive feelings are produced compelling us to act against danger or toward delight. Psychologists nowadays call this mindfulness. This is the ideal state of mind to be in to ensure you can detect potential threats and protect yourself in dangerous situations. 

You are far more capable than you think you are. Your senses, your mind and your gut instincts provide you with all the intel and ammunition you need to protect yourself. But if you feel you may need more protection or advice about how to amplify your safety and security, please contact us.  

In this world, kindness and compassion are often hard to come by but you still get some people who are a little too nice. While this is a commendable quality to have and you should never lose your kind and thoughtful traits, there are some situations where being too nice can really affect your safety. This is when being more assertive will benefit you.  

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re uncomfortable and unhappy but you feel too timid or shy to change the situation you’re in?

When is being too nice not okay

When you’re out and having a good time with friends or even if you’re at a shop running errands, if you find yourself in a risky situation, you need to do something. 

There are some situations that warrant your kind nature but when you find someone is being too pushy or has invaded your space, there is no need to be passive. Most of the time in these cases, if you do not stand your ground and make it clear that you don’t appreciate the advances, the attention or you just need some space, something far worse can take place. 

Criminals prey on those they deem as weak and vulnerable and if you make yourself appear that way, you run the risk of being preyed up. “Niceness” can make you an easier target to be taken advantage of, controlled, and even emotionally, physically and sexually abused. It can also prevent you from standing up for yourself, even in situations that aren’t very dangerous. 

Why do we feel we need to be nice? 

Sometimes we’re more concerned with what others think of us than what we think of ourselves. We’re more worried about making someone feel bad or causing a scene than we are with asserting ourselves. 

Often, we’re even more concerned about giving people the benefit of the doubt and thinking their intentions may not be impure rather trusting our own perceptions. 

This is something that is ingrained in many of us. Rather be polite than have to deal with confrontation but eventually (or sooner rather than later) this is going to a detriment to your safety. It might be time to learn to be a little more assertive and how to do it without feeling bad. 

How to be more assertive 

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There is no such thing as being ‘too rude’ when your life is in potential danger. If you’re uncomfortable or feel like someone has invaded your personal space, you should:

  • Stand tall and with confidence
  • Tell them how you feel and assert yourself
  • If the situation does not change, remove yourself

This might be easier said than done, for many people, this is more difficult than it sounds. What we suggest is trying to remain cognisant of the fact that you will probably never see this person again (if they’re a stranger) or if they’re someone you know, consider whether or not this is someone you actually need in your life. 

You should never feel like you HAVE to stay in any situation, you shouldn’t worry about appearing rude or impolite – your personal safety comes first!

Being assertive shows that you respect yourself because you’re willing to stand up for your interests and express your thoughts and feelings. You’re telling yourself and the person threatening your safety that you matter and you will not accept how you’re being treated. Always keep in mind that creating a scene is always a deterrent and appearing confident will keep potential predators at bay anyway.

How to deliver your message the correct way 

Remember, it’s not just what you say but also how you say it that’s important. 

Assertive communication is direct, clear and can be stern. If you communicate in a way that’s too passive, your message may get lost because people will underestimate your seriousness or find it easy to walk over you. 

Our top tips would be for you to:

  1. Keep your emotions in check:

Being overly emotional, crying or panicking can take away from the message you’re delivering. You have every right to be stern and even raise your voice if necessary (this will garner some attention) but try and remain in control of the situation. 

Do not show that you are scared or intimidated, remain calm on the outside, be serious in what you have to say and make yourself heard without compromising yourself. 

  • 2. Use body language: 

Your body language says everything. By simply turning your back to the situation/person and keeping your stance even, your back and shoulders upright, you immediately appear more confident and in control. If this doesn’t deter the person, remove yourself from the situation. Under no circumstances do you need to stay somewhere or with someone who is threatening your safety and security. 

Becoming more assertive can be difficult but it can really add to your safety. It might seem like ‘no big deal’ but being too nice can land you in situations you never intended to be in. If your safety and security is something of concern to you, if you need a risk assessment or if you require some advice on how to increase your security, we’re always here

The Power of Visualisation goes beyond what you might think.

Finding yourself in a risky or threatening situation is a terrifying moment. Your mind can easily go into overdrive. A clear mind and logical thinking can quickly go out the window which can easily escalate the situation at hand. Even though this is a difficult situation to handle and there is no way to predict what will happen, there are ways you can try to reduce the risk of something happening or a situation becoming more volatile. 

It is vital to your safety to understand that there is more you can do to protect yourself that goes beyond your physical protection. Unfortunately, in South Africa in this day and age, this is becoming more and more important for women to focus on. 

Sexual Crime Statistics in South Africa

The statistics on crimes relating to sex and involving women are terrifying. An article in The Citizen summarised some of the crime statistics in South Africa from 2018-2019. 

According to this article, a sexual offence is a broad crime category that includes rape, compelled rape, sexual assault, incest, bestiality, statutory rape and the sexual grooming of children.  In 2018/19, the number of reported sexual offences increased from 50 108 (in 2017/18) to 52 420. Sadly, the majority of these were cases of rape.

Total sexual offences recorded in South Africa in 2018/19

Rape: 41 583

Sexual assault: 7 437

Attempted sexual offences: 2 146

Contact sexual offences: 1 254

Total: 52 420

Looking at these statistics, finding ways to defend yourself is the only way to make sure you will be safe. This is when the power of visualisation becomes an important asset. Learning how to control a situation rather than fight it can sometimes be more beneficial. 

What is the power of visualisation? 

The power of visualisation doesn’t always mean visualising how you want to achieve your goals and visualising your five-year plan. In this instance, the power of visualisation consists of but using the power of visualisation to perceive and predict possible situations that can happen before they do. 

This is about taking note of absolutely everything around you. It might sound odd or a little over dramatic but being completely aware of the people and potential threats that surround you can save you from a very dangerous situation. The true power of visualisation comes from not only seeing a potential threat but from imagining how you would get yourself out of the situation before it’s even happened yet.

How to use the power of visualisation

It’s terrifying never knowing what may or may not happen to you. We live in a constant state of fear that at any given time, we may come into harm’s way.

These visualisation and awareness techniques could potentially help you avoid a risky or unsafe situation:

SLAM 

  • Stop: we’re so busy that we don’t actually take note of what’s going on around us. This is where you are cognizant of your surroundings and the people within them.    
  • Look: once you’ve had the time to stop, you need to look at each and every person in your close proximity, what they could potentially do and their possible intentions.   
  • Assess: once you’ve identified possible threats, this is when you can assess the situation and see what you’re going to do and how you can protect yourself.
  • Manage: this may be the hardest part but this is when you need to manage how you feel, take a breath and decide how you’re doing to manage the situation and prevent it before it happens.

Use your intuition 

Sometimes your gut feeling is right. Use your intuition to avoid threatening situations. For example, your intuition will probably tell you it’s not safe to go out alone at night, this makes you vulnerable. Thus, you would have avoided a risky situation by listening to your gut instinct.

Learn to know what to look for 

Often criminals have tell-tale signs, you need to learn to identify these characteristics and how to avoid unsafe circumstances.

This could be in the sense of how someone is dressed (are they possibly concealing something or are they hiding an element of themselves). How people are acting is also a big indicator, are they behaving slightly erratic or are they being a little sketchy? 

By identifying worrying traits in others, you can identify how to avoid a situation easier. 

Focus on your own body language and reactions 

You need to always appear confident and in control – this is a deterrent. And even though it is very difficult, you need to focus on keeping your mind clear and alert without feeling the need to make irrational decisions. 

The SLAM concept can help you manage the way that you’re thinking and feeling. By taking a moment to assess what is going on around you, you give yourself the time to manage your own thought process and the reactions associated with this.  

We know that it is difficult to manage the outcome of every situation so it is still important to learn how to protect yourself. 

How to protect yourself

In this day and age, it is imperative that you keep yourself safe and reduce your own level of risk. This can be done by:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings – stay vigilant
  • Never pull over when someone points at your car, claiming that something is wrong
  • Always remember to lock your doors when driving or when you’re home alone
  • Limit distractions in parking lots – put your phone away
  • Never leave your bag or personal belongings unattended
  • Make eye contact with other pedestrians
  • Hit the body parts that are the most tender if you have to defend yourself against an attacker – their weaknesses are your strength

Keep in mind though, no matter how many self-defence classes you go to and no matter how hard you try to physically prepare yourself for a situation, your mind is a powerful thing. If your mind is erratic, it will be impossible to think clearly about to manage a situation. Learning about the power of visualisation and how to mentally prepare yourself for a situation will make the world of difference. For more information on how to maximise your safety and security, feel free to contact us.