This top 5 personal security tips article highlights 5 strategies of observation, body language, self protection, access control and physical security used by special forces and professional bodyguards world-wide which can be incorporated into your everyday personal protection and safety plan. These security tips will benefit individual male and females and their children. They are also useful for any one running a business employing staff.
To understand the concept of personal security is to live your life free from most of the daily security concerns that many people have to contend with. The highest percentage of people amble through their lives in what security experts call Condition White. My top 5 personal security tips should elevate you through the security colour code system and place you in a position to minimise the security risks to you, your family and your business partners and associates.
Top 5 personal security tips #1- Observation.
The very best security specialists are professionally trained bodyguards. I’m not talking about muscle bound knuckle draggers who eke out a living ensuring the safety of night club revelers. I’m talking about professional bodyguards who have been highly trained in close protection skills specifically designed to protect high income generating VIP’s.
I have been training professional close protection officers internationally for close to 20 years. The very first lesson I deliver, is in observation skills, followed by further specialised classes in observation. Whether we like to admit it or not, human beings are predators. Predators by definition have great observation skills. As the human race has evolved from club wielding cavemen into a generally more peaceful existence, most human beings have never really utilised their observation skills beyond normal day to day usage.
Developing and maintaining good observation skills is key to improving your personal security. Once you learn to observe what is happening around you, you will be able to implement suitable counter measures to avoid dangerous security risks.
Top 5 personal security tips #2- Body Language
International security and intelligence forces have been training their covert operatives for many years in the science of body language. Unlike most sciences, body language is still considered unconventional in many academic circles. From a physical protection perspective understanding body language is akin to having a get out of jail card. When utilised with advanced observation skills recognising key aspects of a potential attacker’s body language can give you a definite edge in any dangerous encounter. There are many books and training films available on body language.
Top 5 personal security tips #3- Self Protection
As descendants of dinosaur hunting predators we all have a self protection gene buried somewhere deep inside us. Our brain and body are finely tuned to elements of danger. The problem is most of us fail to realise we posses this very valuable attribute. Self protection can be explained by the mention of the phrase gut feeling. Whenever you meet someone who you feel uncomfortable being close to, you would mention to a friend that you had a gut feeling about that person. It’s the same when you are walking in a strange area and you get a gut feeling that something isn’t quite right, so you turn around. This is your self protection ‘gut feeling’ in action. Scientists often refer to this concept as the fight or flight syndrome.
Nine times out of ten your gut feeling is right so don’t ignore this self protection personal security tip.
Top 5 personal security tips #4- Access Control
Every security expert worth their salt will inform you that the highest percentage of security problems are defeated by maintaining good access control systems. In relation to the top 5 personal security tips access control means minimising access to anyone or anything that may harm you or your loved ones. For example. You are a female who strikes up a conversation with a male co-worker. This man misreads your initial friendship and stalks you. You must immediately implement stringent access control measures. This person may not even realise he is stalking you, however stalkers crave one thing above all else, control. To gain control over you he has to have access to you. Your aim should be to implement counter stalking strategies to minimise and then eradicate his access control. In no circumstances should you continue talking to this person, in person, by telephone, text, e-mail, letters etc.
Top 5 personal security tips #5- Physical Security
I’ve trained special forces and close protection officers in 42 different countries across four continents. One thing that sets these people up above their peers in other military and security agencies is their advanced levels of confidence. The reason for this confidence which many opponents foolishly mistake for arrogance is their advanced levels of specialised training. A good percentage of this training focuses on their own physical security. Participating in any of the martial arts will increase your levels of confidence by default. A confident person who has participated in physical security training will often present as a hard target to would be attackers. Most attackers are cowards who seek softer targets.
Although every security expert will inform you there is no such concept as 100% security, utilising my top 5 personal security tips will increase your personal security awareness and reduce the likelihood of you being targeted for attack.
Copyright (c) 2009 Dr Mark Yates