Self-defense (self-defence in some varieties of English) is a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm. The use of the right of self-defense as a legal justification for the use of force in times of danger is available in many jurisdictions.
Coronavirus outbreak might end with scavengers on street trying to loot and harm anyone and everyone, especially in the night time. This article is for the people who have nightshifts and wish to stay safe even in the most compromising situations.
Think about ways in which we can defend ourselves proactively against danger, risk, injury, and/or death. Specifically, safety at night is something that seems to be an issue for people from all ages and walks of life. When traveling alone at night or just being home alone, there are things you need to think about constantly in order to keep a vigilant awareness about your safety. For example, if you need to go to an ATM at night (or even during the day), try to go to an ATM in a well-lit, public place and where there is a nearby safety spot, such as police car patrol and protection. If you have to walk at night, do everything in your power not to walk alone, as being with just one other person decreases your chances of being attacked or put in harm’s way. If you do end up having to walk alone, make sure you have self-defense and awareness items like pepper spray, flashlight, reflective/bright clothing, working phone with GPS, and perhaps even put 911 on speed dial in case of emergency. Also, let your family and friends know where you are going and how long it should take, so that if you don’t return or respond to calls/texts by a certain time, they know you are in danger and to find out what is going on. If you ever are somewhere alone, let someone else know so that you are not the only person who knows where you are.
This all might sound like common sense, but sometimes we take these things for granted and end up in danger that could have been easily avoided had we prepared vigilantly. According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014, during the years 2011-2013 on U.S. college campuses, arrest rates went up consistently, showing an increased crime rate across the board. Furthermore, the reported criminal offenses across U.S. college campuses remain in the 700-800 range, meaning that almost one thousand crimes a year are reported to law enforcement, making for quite a consistent level of criminal threat. College campuses are one particularly charged arena for individual safety concerns, as college students are young, naïve, newly independent, and unable to access the same resources as adults and parents.
Other particularly endangered groups include nighttime delivery or taxi drivers, people working in the service industry who travel alone or work alone at night. Many of us like to order food late and take service industry workers for granted. The job they do is truly important and convenient. So if you’re a taxi or delivery driver, or anyone on duty at night, please be aware of your surroundings and consider keeping pepper spray and a safety alarm/whistle on hand to protect yourself from danger or injury. The extremely reasonable prices of pepper sprays and personal alarms are worth the minor cost, considering their important role in keeping your life safe!