I am sharing notes I took at a seminar that Tim Dimoff (President and CEO of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, Inc.) did at my place of employment last Friday. He was in law enforcement, worked for the FBI and worked under cover with no weapons. He didn't give self-defense moves or tell us how to use weapons but he did tell us how to use our head to help prevent us from becoming victims of crime.
For instance, if you are driving home from work and stop at a light and a man with a gun jumps into your car from the passenger side and tells you to drive, what do you do?
(a) Argue with him
(c) Do what he says
(d) Floor the accelerator and drive into a pole or tree and wreck the car
Awareness and Presence
Extend your circle of awareness when you walk. Look around and be alert. Do not look like a victim, unaware of your surroundings. (I guess I shouldn't walk while reading on my breaks and at lunch downtown anymore.)
If you think you are being followed, cross the street or change direction and look at the person you feel is following you. Criminals do not like to be looked at. They like the element of surprise.
Listen to what your gut is telling you and if you feel uncomfortable, head for light, people and noise.
Criminals avoid victims who look like they will offer resistance, so stand tall, walk confidently, look around and make eye contact. Do not get lost in electronics--(cell phones, Kindles, ipods).
Avoid parking next to vans. If one is parked on your driver side, get in on the passenger side, lock the door and slide across the seat of your car.
Do not let a stranger within 5 feet of you. Maintain your personal space by backing up to increase the distance and just tell them to stop before they get too close.
He said if you want to use a weapon, carry pepper spray rather than mace. It is effective at a greater distance and you do not to be as accurate when aiming it.
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