Practicing Active Self Protection is more than just being able to fend off a physical attack. It means knowing how to protect yourself against all kinds of victimizations, including what these despicable thieves did to this elderly man. Learn to protect yourself!
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Original video from Essex PD: http://get-asp.com/9c1i
How do I protect myself from thieves?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. In this case, the thieves used the man’s inherent goodwill to get him to assume nothing bad could happen, and that was a bad assumption.
- Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. These thieves definitely used the man’s distraction and lack of situational awareness to victimize him. That’s certainly not blaming him for their actions, just realizing how we can protect ourselves.
- There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory To Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. I even suggest standing with your back to the machine, or at least with your shoulders perpendicular to it so that you can constantly see what is happening around you!
- ASP is about more than just physical protection. You can be victimized spiritually, emotionally, sexually, physically, financially, and even more. (obviously thieves prey on your finances) Therefore, you must consider how to protect yourself in these different arenas and then do what you need to do in order to be safe.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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