POINTS TO REMEMBER
PREVENTION TIPS AGAINST ASSAULT
These prevention strategies are designed to provide you with an understanding of prevention and response tactics that you can use to enhance your personal safety.
- Offenders do not want to get caught. By increasing your visibility as a witnesses or by drawing attention to the offender, he/sh is less likely to carry out their plan. Awareness strategies and detection devices also fall within this category.
- An assailant cannot assault you if he cannot get to you. These tactics involve securing your environment to deter the assailant's access to you. Keeping unwanted persons out of your home or vehicle by placing an obstacle between you and your attacker is an example of this principle.
- Offenders are far more likely to attack you when you are alone. Research has revealed that 96% of assailants ALWAYS check to see if the intended victim is alone. The greater the likelihood that an assault will be witnessed or interrupted, the less likely it is that it will be initiated.
- Responding is preferred over reaction. Response is accomplished by paying attention your surroundings. It involves locating and identifying potential dangers and responding with actions that are most likely to discourage or de-escalate risky situations.
- Reaction involves immediate physical actions that are taken when you confirm that you are being profiled or assaulted.
SAFETY AWAY FROM HOME
It is important to take extra care in securing your home when you are going to be away for any length of time. Not only should your home be secure, but it should also appear lived in.