Heinous crimes in the society are on the rise these days. Women endure more incidents of verbal and sexual harassment than men. So in the article below we discuss some effective concepts that help you during the crisis. Fine motor skills may also not work properly when encountered in danger. We need to be prepared for an uncertain event in the future.
1. CLENCH YOUR HANDS CORRECTLY:-
One should punch with power and speed without injuring one’s fingers. Make a proper fist otherwise it could lead to fractures. Keep your wrists and forearms straight. A fist or a flat hand, both can be effective. The attitude of a person also determines how effectively she/he has tackled the situation.
2. HOW TO BREAK FREE OF CORD:-
Firstly, it’s important not to get hyper when you are tied but concentrate on loosening or cutting free from your bonds. Try to cut the ropes around your wrists. Secondly, you need to leave some room for air. If your body is being tied up, breathe in so that your diaphragm expands. The more room there is left between you and your ties, the more chances you have to escape.
3. HOW TO BREAK FREE OF DUCT TAPE:-
The instinct would be to twist or wriggle your way out. The rather simple technique would be to raise your hands above your head and then thrust them down with a lot of force. Even if your hands are tied from behind, the same strategy can be applied.
4. REMEMBER THE VULNERABLE AREAS:-
You need to take care of your head, eyes, throat, joints etc. from the attacker. An attack could also prove fatal. Be ready to strike a blow as hard as possible. You are more likely to be less physically stronger than the attacker. You have to work tactfully in such a situation.
5. USE SECURITY APPS:-
Life360, bSafe, Shake2Safety and other such apps will allow you to track the movements of your family and friends. Distress signals are also sent if necessary. There are apps made available by police and NGO’s. So one must install such apps for personal safety if you travel alone or otherwise.
6. INVERT A CODE WORD:-
Using a coded language can help save your life. Inverting new codes, symbols, actions or even languages can give a hint to your relatives that you are in danger. The location-based services on your mobile device can help track you if you are in danger. An encrypted SOS can tell about your predicament.
7. USE THE MATERIALS ON HAND:-
One must ideally keep at least one such item handy all the time that could be used for self-defence while you at work or college. You may carry pepper spray in your purse. Hit the purse hard if someone tries to assault you. The keys can also act as a weapon. The normal ball pen can be thrust into the soft throat tissue or even eyes to protect yourself. You have to be smart! The scarf can be thrown on attackers face that can buy you a couple of seconds. An umbrella can also be used for self-defence.
8. KEEP YOUR PEPPER SPRAY AT RIGHT PLACE:-
It’s better to keep the pepper spray in your pocket so that it could easily and immediately be taken out when required. It’s made legal to use. Spray it on attacker’s eyes. Use of spray will cause acute coughing, sneezing and irritation of the nose.
9. IF YOU HAVE BEEN GRABBED BY HAND:-
Use the rule of thumb. Firstly relax and then take a step back. Then rotate your hand towards the attacker’s thumb. You have to this with a quick sharp jerk. But use your feet if your hand is being squeezed. Use the maximum force and strength to do this. The tighter your wrist, the harder it will turn your wrist.
10. IF YOU HAVE BEEN GRABBED BY THE HAIR:-
Grab the attackers hand with both your hands if your hair has been grabbed. This will let you regain control. Then it’s time to use your feet. As soon as assailant’s hand has loosened the grip, let go of it and run. Remember that mind will act as your weapon here. Be calm and work smartly.
11. IF YOU HAVE BEEN GRABBED BY THE NECK:-
Use your fingers to poke his eyes or bringing your chin to your chest to prevent attacker’s fingers or thumbs closing on your throat will help. You can also attack his groin. Pain will make him loosen his grasp.
12. IN AN ELEVATOR:-
Use your elbow, knee, hands to hurt him as it would hopefully put him in some pain and so some extent disrupt his plans. He didn’t expect to be attacked. Avoid going into an elevator with strangers or suspicious people. A combination of fight moves discussed above can also help you get out of the bad situation. Always stand near the control panel, where you have access to the alarm and floor buttons.
13. IN A CAR:-
Besides sending your near ones, the details of the car and the driver, one can use keys, pepper spray or a simple ball pen to get rid of the bad situation. Your voice and brain are your best weapons. Shout!!! Then you can also aim the vulnerable areas like groin, nose, eyes etc. Avoid getting in a car with strangers.
14. LEARN TO ADMINISTER FIRST AID:-
You need to know basic first aid as there might be a situation when the hospital may not be immediately available. Stay calm. Ask for help and advise.
Some useful tips:
- Be aware. Usage of headphones, your smartphones can prevent you from seeing your perpetrator. Don’t be ignorant about your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts.
- Avoid travelling through streets and parks after dark.
- Contact police if you find anything suspicious.
- Don’t accept rides from strangers.
- Don’t let strangers use your phone.