Personal security is a concern for anyone who wants to lead an independent life. While we like to believe we are safe, there is always the possibility of encountering a dangerous situation. Being prepared for this situation can mean the difference between life and death.
There are a number of avenues in personal protection that, when combined, can help you be prepared for dangerous situations such as an attack or a robbery, as well as for medical emergencies or accidental situations such as losing track of a child.
Personal Security Products
The starting point for any personal safety plan is with personal security and self defense products. These products include personal alarms, weapons such as tasers and stun guns, and even repellent sprays such as mace or animal repellent.
Many of these products will not require training beyond thoroughly reading the instruction manual, but it is recommended with devices like tasers and stun guns that you get experience in using the equipment from a professional or someone with experience.
Self Defense Training
Although carrying a self defense weapon is practical, it won't do you any good if you don't have the confidence to use it. Self defense training can help you learn to assess dangerous situations and keep a cool head in order to escape from a potential attacker as efficiently as possible. Self defense courses could involve specialized training in a martial art or could be generalized programs that cover a variety of skills.
Self defense programs are available through parks and recreation facilities, athletic facilities, dedicated schools and also often through police and fire departments.
Creating Your Personal Security Plan
Personal security devices, from pepper spray to stun guns, have specific legal requirements surrounding ownership. Researching these laws is your first step in finding out which products you can use in your area and which you can't.
The most important part of your security plan is to use common sense to keep yourself out of dangerous situations as much as possible. Little things like letting people know where you are and walking in groups at night can go a long way to keeping you safe. If you do find yourself in dangerous situation, being equipped with self defense training and a personal safety device that you can use effectively – whether it's a simple personal security alarm or a menacing stun gun – gives you the best chance at coming out of the situation safely.