It is our lack of awareness that gets us into mostly avoidable situations. The problem we as law abiding and tax paying citizens have is that for most part we rarely if ever experience raw and unprovoked acts of physical violence or even verbal abuse. We get our kicks in movies and video games, others however might like to take it a step further and get a kick out of some unsuspecting pedestrian.
For most of us bad things only ever happen to other people anyway, it’s something you hear on the news or read in newspapers. This almost blissful false sense of security is all the worst if somebody suddenly rips you out of your comfort zone by shouting at you or worse.
But what to do? Half of self-defence is prevention the other half is spend with conflict management. It’s a bit like the art of fighting without fighting. What I am talking about is awareness.
It begins with simple things like avoiding public displays of money at cash machines, stores, banks, or when getting on the bus. Or when walking, jogging or while commuting not to wear headphones, as this shuts you off from the outside world and makes you even more vulnerable to sudden, unprovoked violence.
If you are ever in the unenviable position of being held up and the mugger asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you, chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. Leg it!