Are you Prepared Part 2
With the recent increase in crimes in and around our area I thought it was time for a Part #2 of my Prepared blog.
As we discussed in Part #1 you cannot be prepared for everything.. It is in fact impossible. You can have all the food, water, ammunition, bugout bags and tech you might need to survive a Biological attack and a Backpack Nuke is detonated outside your place of work or an Asteroid impacts and takes out the East Coast.
What you can do is be prepared for as many contingencies as possible while still going about your everyday life. So with that in mind let’s get started….
Many have talked about what to do to prevent crime. There is talk about getting involved with the Community and adding Police. All good suggestions but what do you need to actually do.
First there are two options… Armed and not armed. These are your only options… each requires steps you need to take to be sure you are safe. We are going to discuss each.
If you have chosen to be armed then you will need to select a proper carry weapon. First you must decide what is the maximum firepower you can safety shoot and become proficient in the use of the weapon. For example if you have small hands or a small frame then a .45 or .40 might not be the weapon you should choose, conversely neither is a .22 for other reasons. This is a personal decision that you and the Armorer should make after firing many makes and calibers.
Once you have chosen a weapon, in a caliber you are comfortable with, the next step is to become proficient in it use. Deciding to carry a weapon carries’ with it inherent risk. If you chose to draw and fire your weapon remember, everyone is going to second guess that action. You could be subjected to Criminal and Civil litigations potentially costing you everything. So it behooves you to train like your life depends on it, because it just might.
Let’s not forget if you miss and hit someone else. Let’s just say I hope your Personal Liability insurance is paid up and have a hefty savings account.
So if you decide to carry…be sure. Be absolutely sure you are proficient in its use and have trained using that weapon in as close to real World scenarios as possible.
Practice…practice…practice. It does no good for you to have purchased a weapon then be faced with a life and death situation and you lose your life because you never trained TAKING THE SAFETY OFF.
If you have an aversion to Firearms or just don’t want the risk of carrying.. Then your options become a little more limited but there are options. First forget Kung-Fu. Unless you have trained for years you are not going to disarm someone with a knife or firearm. The odds are you will get injured if you try. However, that being said, there are tools you can use.
Aka: Mace… This should be attached to your key-ring and should be able to be accessed immediately. Mace can give you the time needed to retreat… BUT… remember the spray works on you too. If you use it at close range the attacker may still be able to grapple with you and effectively take you out of the fight, as well. Wind is also a factor. The spray can be blown back into your own face incapacitating yourself.
Aka: Stun Gun… Much like Mace this should also be readily available. It is too late to deploy a taser when the suspect has a knife at your throat.
Be aware that deployment of a taser has been equated to the use of Deadly Force in some cases, so much like a Firearm be sure if you use it.
These are just a couple of options.. There are many, many more, however you chose to protect yourself, nothing works, as well as, vigilance.
This is just a fancy term for looking around and seeing what and who is near you. For example.. When you parked your car to go to dinner it might have been daylight when you leave it may be dark. Is the parking lot lighted? Are there other cars parked near you? Do you see people loitering around your car? All of these questions need to be asked and answered.
When exiting the facility you should already have your keys in your hand and if you have chosen Mace or a Stun Gun it should be ready to be deployed should someone surprise you as you near your car. If you have neither then the only option you have is your cell phone… You should have already setup your speed dial for 911 under the Number 1 spot. Have it out and ready. This way, should you be accosted, all you have to do is press the button. At least even if you cannot answer the operator can hear the attack. Remember they are LISTENING; give them something to listen to like where you are and what is happening.
I know in today’s PC Society that’s a dirty word but it is also completely necessary to your survival.
According to the FBI Crime Stats and the report “The Color of Crime” by the New Century Foundation the typical violent Criminal is a 16-25 year old Black male.
I know this might make some uncomfortable and for that, well I am not sorry. Facts are not racist. Facts are just what they are… facts. Should you fear every black male…NO.
But if you were looking at an 80 year old Grandmother in a 70’s styled pantsuit or a 17 yoa black male wearing a hoodie with his pants hanging to his knees who do YOU think might carjack you?
So you have to profile. At least be aware of your surroundings. If you see someone that makes you uncomfortable it’s OK.. Listen to your inner voice of caution… that’s just your survival instinct trying to wake you up. It doesn’t make you a racist it just makes you a potential survivor.
Crime is increasing and it is going to get worse.
Having Police in the area will help, but nothing will keep you safer than your own self. If you depend solely on the Police, remember the saying.. When second’s count Police are minutes away. It only takes about 15 seconds to have your purse snatched. 30 seconds to carjack you… and 45 seconds to rob you. Even if the Police are in the parking lot, they may not be aware of the event even happening. It is little solace to have the perpetrator captured only after you have been attacked and maybe beaten, if you are lucky.
So having a Police presence, while making you feel better, may not actually do any good. It may discourage criminal elements from coming to the Pavilion..but it won’t stop them and those few that will vacate the area will simply find another easier target rich environment.
Criminals are indeed lazy, that’s why they are criminal’s after-all, but they are inventive and adaptable. They will simply wait for the Police to leave the area or go where they are not.
So your safety is up to you. Remember no one is truly safe, but you can do some things that will mitigate your risk. Do so or not it is ultimately up to you.
Personal responsibility is never clearer when someone has a knife at your throat. Then it is most likely too late.