Personal Security

Harsh reality

This may sound a bit rough, but that’s the reality we live in. You could get mugged just walking to the local shops. You could get car-jacked at a petrol station.  A driver could lose control and park their car in your living room just because you decided to buy a house on an out-corner with an offset camber. You could be in town for a movie and an addict could choose that moment to waste a few people.

Oh yeah, you know all that? Right, you watch the news, seen the movies. Um, did you actually change your habits after ‘seeing’ it happen to someone else? No, really? Ah well…

Let’s move a bit closer to home. Let’s invade your comfy life and maybe rock your boat.  You’re careful on the internet, right?  You know there are risks, that there are hackers out there that want to do bad things. So you know not to use public WiFi, not to visit shonky sites and don’t chat to strangers. So you’re above the curve, right? Statistically safe!

Um, maybe. So what?

Just because you take more care on the net than others you know, it doesn’t make you safe,just less at risk than them. If those others are the gold standard, then good for you!

They’re not? Oh dearie, dear…

You know what your problem is?

You never think it will happen to you, not really. You may intellectually run through some scenario’s, but you won’t buy into it emotionally. That’s because you’re a normal human being that feels that shit happens to someone else. It’s not logical and a bit weird, but that’s how we’re wired. So the basis of personal safety is to re-wire yourself to accept that it can, actually happen to you. Next is to step up your awareness that there’s a probability that it will happen to you. It’s a natural progression from there to do something about it.

…the basis of personal safety is to re-wire yourself to accept that it can, actually happen to you.

What you can do

As said before (and yes, it does bear repeating), it’s on you, so beware. Be. Aware. If you determine to be aware at all times of the risks to you, then

Colour Code

Helps to stay in control and think clearly in a life-threatening situation

  • Code White
    Unaware
  • Code Yellow
    Actively looking for threats. With practice you can “live” in Code Yellow on an indefinite basis.
  • Code Orange
    is a specific alert. Having noticed a potential threat, you evaluate your choices. Run, fight or wait and see, depending on how the situation develops,’ she explained fluidly.
  • Code Red
    is the trigger. The threat has escalated into a hazardous situation. Having made your decisions in Code Orange, you’re now acting on them.

Jumping from Code White to Red can result in potential “brain-fade”. Being alert and raising awareness to a heightened state enables your body to handle the adrenalin rush. You can run faster, hit harder, think quicker and jump higher than you could seconds before.

Where to use it?

  • In driving, this enables better hazard recognition and threat neutralisation
  • As a tourist, be aware pickpockets, cons, muggers
  • Working at your favourite cafe …should that data be out there?

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