Due to the rising rate of crime worldwide, it is important for all individuals to be alert to the potential of criminal activity. The majority of crimes today are violent, and to maintain an awareness of violent attacks, one should always be on guard. No person is immune to crime, so for one to further protect oneself it is highly recommended to have knowledge of situational crime prevention techniques. Here we will discuss crime prevention, safety and methods of self-defense.
There are numerous types of self-defense available to individuals today ranging from martial arts to basic ‘stun gun’ techniques. The aim of any self-defense method is to incapacitate an assailant either permanently or temporarily, giving time to escape the dangerous situation. One advantage of self-defense is that one can stop an attacker without taking their lives, which could be viewed as committing a second crime precipitated by the first. It is important to keep this in mind when learning and displaying self-defense; however, there are circumstances when it is impossible to not grievously injure the assailant.
In addition to being a means of protecting oneself, self-defense can also increase overall safety and assist in lowering the crime statistics. This means that one is not only protecting oneself but is also preventing the growth of crime rates. Lowering the overall crime rate is an important aspect of safety and can benefit the society and community greatly.
Ways to ensure safety and self-preservation may include martial arts and knowing how to use weapons; but, the safety of one’s home and community can also be accomplished by using crime prevention tactics. This refers to the awareness of crime and the procedures one can undertake to reduce statistics of its victims. One example is the forming of a crime prevention street team. These individuals protect the community in a similar manner to local police, by walking the streets and ensuring that all individuals are safe in their homes.
Street teams can be beneficial, but it is also important to use the popular means of crime prevention such as alarm systems. There are various types of alarm systems available for purchase nowadays ranging from basic systems with motion detectors to those with CCTV and direct links to the alarm system companies. Choosing the best system for one’s property is dependent on the specific needs.