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Strategies to Prevent Intentional Injuries

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  • 0:01 Danger Is Everywhere
  • 0:37 Types of Intentional Crimes
  • 1:19 Strategies for the…
  • 3:29 Strategies for Home
  • 4:55 General Strategies
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Violent crimes occur on a daily basis, but that does not mean you have to be a victim. This lesson will outline some basic, but important tips and strategies you can use to keep yourself safe at home and in the outer world.

Danger Is Everywhere

No matter what you do with your life and how you do it, you face the risk of serious injury or death. Many people are afraid of flying but drive cars despite facing a much higher risk of death while driving a car. Some of us might be afraid of even leaving the home for fear of getting hurt in the big bad world. But at home, we can easily suffer disasters from a fall or fire. Nothing and no one is safe from disaster. The best we can do as we go through life is employ strategies that prevent injury and harm, especially harm caused to us by others.

Types of Intentional Crimes

Intentional acts of violence and crime against us are quite many. Some of them include:

  • Homicide - the unlawful and purposeful killing of another person
  • Rape - sexual intercourse initiated against another person without their consent
  • Stalking - a crime where recurrent unwanted communication, physical or visual proximity, or threats cause a person fear
  • Sexual harassment
  • Elder and child abuse
  • Hate crimes

These crimes may be physical, verbal, or both. Some of them do not even have to cause an overt injury to a person's body, but may cause a person serious duress internally. Because of this, it's important we outline some strategies to help prevent these injuries.

Strategies for the Outside World

Some of the most basic things we can do to help prevent a crime is to watch our environment closely, be it at home or not:

  • Always walk in well-lit areas and preferably with at least one other person. Shadows are a great place for people to hide in. Be careful when going around corners or over hills since it's hard to tell what's on the other side.
  • If you see someone approaching you that makes you feel uncomfortable, yell at the top of your lungs before they get too close. Yelling not only raises the alarm for others to come help you or call for help but may literally scare the potential attacker into thinking you're so out of your mind that it's not worth the trouble.
  • Carry protection with you that is legal in your state, such as pepper spray or a Taser, to defend yourself if the screaming doesn't help you or you're caught off guard. Pepper spray is an irritant that will make it very difficult for the attacker to see or breathe, and a Taser helps to incapacitate a person by shocking them with electricity.

If you are going to carry some other form of protection, such as a knife or gun, ensure that what you are using and the manner in which you are carrying it (concealed or not) is legal in your home state, county, and city. Furthermore, you'll more than likely need specialized training to learn how to handle the weapon so you don't harm yourself or innocent people, not to mention get the appropriate licenses prior to use.

Some of us, however, do not care much for carrying weapons or may not feel comfortable doing so, and that's fine. It is actually not uncommon for an attacker to disarm a potential victim and use the victim's weapon against them, hence the need for training on your part to prevent such scenarios.

Therefore, if you do not wish to carry a weapon, you can always get trained in self-defense techniques. You do not have to go through ten years of very formal and rigid martial arts training either. You can enroll in a local community self-defense class that will teach you real-world combat strategies and defense tactics that may one day save your life. And, of course, don't forget that you should call 911 as soon as you possibly can if you are in fear for your life or the safety of someone else.

Strategies for Home

Now, those were just some tips for helping to prevent intentional injuries in the big bad world, but what about at home? There are many overlaps between home and outside safety:

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