Building a Personal Defense Strategy

Defending oneself is a response to a real threat to one's person, as in a physical attack, an attack to one's character (ad hominem attack), or an attack against one's ideas or beliefs. This page is inteneded to address the many forms of attacks and defense types to make educated decisions about what defense method is appropriate for the particular circumstance and the theology of the person(s) planning a defense strategy.

Prevention is always preferable to a cure. In reality, even in my current day-to-day life, I am defending myself against those things or persons that could negatively affect my lifestyle and peace of mind. I have insurance, alarm systems and locks and methods and plans if those first lines of defense fail. And, I stay current with local, national and global events to be warned of potential dangers.

NO SAFE PLACE:


IN TUNE WITH DANGEROUS TIMES:


SANITATION:

An overall defense strategy must include protection from non-persons as well as people. Knowing how, and planning, to defend against germs, virus and bacteria is essential in our everyday surroundings as well as the world where chemical and biological warfare are highly possible. Even now, our most prolific enemy is the worldwide spread of contagions (disease, virus, etc.). Even the annual flu season virus kills tens of thousands of people. As such, cleanliness should be our priority defense preparation.

SURVIVING THE URBAN JUNGLE:

Urban environments present their own unique challenges when it comes to survival… but if you arm yourself with these "street survival skills," you'll be equipped with the knowledge you need to survive. Remember, criminals prey on the unsuspecting and the weak. Don't become a victim. Prepare yourself now! Here's how to start:

HOME DEFENSE:

Crime is an everyday concern; usually involving those who want what I have without asking my permission. And, I need to put everyday security measures in place (locks, alarms, security cameras, Security Lighting, etc.). In a public emergency situation, there will be an increase in the potential for public unrest. In response, my level of alertness should increase. I would like to believe that if a public-unrest situation occurs, requiring me to put my Emergency Plan into effect, those who are knocking on my door are those naïve simpletons who thought nothing could ever happen in this land of milk and honey to ever disturb their rainbows and unicorns world. I would, of course, be partially correct; the other types would not only be knocking on my door to make sure no one is at home but may not knock at all before they break in. Regardless of the potential severity of a threat, I need to have safety, security and defense measures in place. NOTE: Protection of property is not self-defense. Protection of life is self-defense.


SELF-DEFENSE:

As we live in uncertain times, we should be prepared to defend ourselves in our home, car, at work, or on the street. If someone is intent on harming you or those you love, you have a choice; Run, Take It or Fight Back. Understand that if the attackers are 'that intent', they may not allow you to flee and, be assured, their attack will not be without serious, possible life-threatening, injury to you or loved one(s). In the case of a home invasion, the criminals have already decided (they don't care about) their fate and risk to their own safety/life. NOTE: Protection of property, alone, is not self defense. Protection of life is self-defense. Likewise, intentionally putting oneself in harms way (voluntarily placing oneself in legal jeopardy) to protect the property of others is not considered self-defense. Refer to this page for more information on the legal aspects of self-defense and self-defense insurance.


WORKING WITH OTHERS:

Working with a trusted group of people (spouse, family, neighborhood watch, etc.) provides better security and, usually, helps many to cope better with an emergency situation. Meet with them together, periodically, to discuss strategies and preparations. Read more.

INFORMATION SECURITY:

Keeping personal information out of the hands of unauthorized persons is a must for an overall defense plan.

SCAMS, FRAUD & ID THEFT:

Being aware of, and protecting ourselves against, Scams and fraud and Identity Theft should be as second-nature as installing locks on our doors. They are as commonplace in our society as sliced bread. If we assume people (we don't know) are looking out for our personal benefit, we are sadly mistaken and we will become victims in a very short time. We must be on the defense anytime we are approached or contacted. Sometimes something as simple as answering 'yes' on the telephone can make you a target. Senior Citizens seem to be particularly vulnerable and should be educated about this. Defend yourself; be suspicious of any unsolicited contacts, stay informed on current threats and report scams and fraud you encounter. Stay up to date on the latest Fraud Tactics.

VEHICLE SECURITY:

View the Vehicle Preparedness Page for methods to protect occupants, personal information and the vehicle(s).

KIDNAPPING:

There has been a continual increase in kidnapping throughout the world. Terrorists are not the only potential perpetrators of these attacks; political militants and criminal elements may also employ kidnapping for ransom, and both Westerners and locals are at risk for these attacks. In most kidnapping cases, regardless of perpetrator, victims are targeted based on perceived affluence and/or vulnerability. Note that even individuals of modest means could be targeted for kidnapping for ransom, due to the perceived wealth of the organization with which victims are affiliated. Here are some references on how to avoid becoming a victim and how to respond as a victim.
References:
Kidnapping Mitigation and Response Tips
Kidnapping and Hostage Survival Guidelines
Escape and Evade

TRAVEL SAFETY:

Along with education to address possible kidnapping, the traveler must be aware of many things as they leave the comfort and safety of their home or business. Here are some resources to consider: Travel Safety & Security

Books on Home and Property Defense Strategies     Books on Learning to Street Fight

Related Links:
Defending Oneself or Being Defensive
Choosing Survival Companions
Self-Defense Insurance
Things To Do Before An Extended Leave From Home
Protecting Your Privacy
How to defend your bug out/in location: Preparing your battlespace
The Paradox of Violence . . . it is not always obvious or criminal
Martial Law Survival
When Is Lethal Force Justified?
Responding to an Active Shooter Situation
Make-Shift Tear Gas Mask
Flare Gun Signal & Defense