Harry’s Night Safety Tips
3. Change your jogging route regularly and try to run with at least one other person if you can.
4. Watch out for people who approach you in the street.
People may stop you in the street and ask you questions/directions. This may be in order to distract you thus setting you up for an attack or mugging. Never let them close in on you. Keep well away from them and never take your eye off them.
5. Nightclubs and Bars
Always keep your belongings close to you. Always keep an eye on your drinks because people may spike them. If you feel that you are being intimidated, threatened or harassed or If you sense that things don't feel right it would be best to leave and find another place to go to. Alternatively, if you want to stay, ask the Security staff for help.
Attacks often occur without warning. If you are being threatened or sense that you may be attacked, keep your distance if you can. If you cannot see the palm of the attacker's hand you can assume that they may be carrying some sort of weapon. This could be a knife, comb, hairspray etc. Anything can be used as a weapon. If you see someone being threatened or attacked, do not risk injury to yourself by intervening. It would be best to call police/security from a safe distance.
Everyone acts differently in these situations no matter what kind of training they've had. A lot depends upon the individual's self defence skills, nerve and spirit. If you cannot run away and are forced to defend yourself, you must try and control your anger or fear otherwise you could drain your energy. Try to relax, and breathe deeply and focus on your attacker even if they've grabbed hold of you. Shout and scream at your attacker to distract/unnerve him/her. Any part of your body can be a weapon, fingers, nails, teeth, elbows, knees.The aim is to do enough in order to get away as quickly as possibly rather than be locked in a time and energy consuming engagement. Finally you must use "reasonable force" if you have to physically defend yourself.
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