Your personal safety is one of your primary responsibilities. It’d definitely make a lot of sense if you know how to preserve it. Our post today is focused on showing you self-defense tips that could save your life, tips that’ll reduce the odds of your becoming a victim of crime. Knoema, a global data analysis and management company, found that in 2017 the assault rate for South Africa, the US, New Zealand and Colombia was at 295.1, 249.9, 521.2 and 249.8 per 100,000 population respectively. The report defined assault as “physical attack against the body of another person resulting in serious bodily injury”. It didn’t include figures from sexual assault, physical violence and assault incidences that led to death.

Why did we have to go searching for those figures? We did that because we want to drive home the importance of your having these self-defense tips. Crimes happen every day but you don’t have to be a part of the statistics, at least not in situations where you can exercise some control. By the way, we have another article on how you can improve your personal security, you might want to check that out. We also have a video on this topic at the bottom of this page. You’re welcome to scroll down to watch. Please leave us comments on the video; we’d love to hear from you. Now, who’s ready for some self-defense tips? Here we go!

Be alert and observant

Being alert and observant also means that you, as much as possible, avoid making calls or texting when you’re on the road. Another thing you should do away with is the plugging of your ears with earpieces or headphones. This is important because they either distort outside sounds or block them off completely. Now picture yourself outside. You’re listening to music with your earpiece in both ears and someone is running toward you shouting and waving. You’ll first have to take out the earpiece so that you can hear what the runner is saying. That could cost you precious reaction time.

Be Confident and use powerful body language

A confident body language gives a potential attacker the impression that you’re no easy target. Stand tall, put your chin up and your shoulders back. This not only makes it better for you to see what’s going on around you, it also creates more room for oxygen in your lungs. God knows the oxygen will definitely come in handy if you’re confronted by the lowlife(s). It’s also important to make eye contact with whoever you’re interacting with. This’ll let them know that you’ve seen and are aware of their presence. It also means that you can describe them to the police and criminals generally tend to avoid that. What’s more, lowering your eyes or looking away, may cause them to consider you an easier target.

Trust your guts. If you’re in an uncomfortable situation – even if it’s a first date – and your instincts begin to tingle, get yourself out of there. Depending on how obvious the threat is, you might want to be discreet about your flight or loud and abrupt. Whether you’re on the bus, in a mall or in a parking lot, trust your instincts; its basic function is to keep you safe, after all.

Know how and when to fight

Now, we may be talking about self-defense tips that could save your life but it’s important you understand that there’re times when flight, rather than fight, is your best option. In certain situations, getting physical with attackers might be counterproductive and even worsen the situation. What you can do in such scenarios is to try and talk your way out of the situation. You can say that your friends or family know exactly where you are and who you’re with. Another tactic is to act like you’re talking on the phone and mention your whereabouts to the “caller”. If you can make an actual call, that’d be better but if you can’t, the pretend call is a good plan.

You can raise your voice to attract attention and possibly, help. Your yelling can also startle your attacker, allowing you to escape. It also has the added benefits of stabilizing your breathing and allowing you focus. Another way to startle your attacker and buy yourself time to escape is by using personal safety gizmos like pepper spray, flash lights, alarms and stun guns. Always have them in your hands or pockets and ready to use. If it’s in your bag, your reaching for it might be obvious to your assailant who may then try to stop you from using it.

When fight is the only option you have in these situations, you’ll do well to remember the following:

• Aim your blows and kicks at vital target areas e.g. the eyes, ears, nose, throat, groin, temple and knees.
• Use any object in your hand as a weapon e.g. your car keys, a pencil, your bag/purse etc.
• If you’re grabbed by your hand, rotate your hand toward your assaulter’s thumb; do it in a quick manner.

Take advantage of tech

There are a number of applications and web-based software that allows your loved one(s) keep track of your movements and locations. You can also use them to keep track of theirs. Our Keep Me Safe app does more than tracking your exact location. It also allows your loved one(s) to discreetly record audio and video clips and take pictures of your environment. Moreover, it allows you to send a distress signal that rings so loudly whoever is on the other end of the app will probably hear it from the moon.