Personal Safety for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities experience higher rates of assault than other populations. Some people see individuals with disabilities as an easy target. Here are a few ways to avoid an attack.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Many of us are guilty of talking on the phone as we travel through public areas. Often a potential assailant will see this as an opportunity to catch someone unaware. By simply showing that we are paying attention to our surroundings we can lessen our chance of attack by up to 75 percent.
  2. Adjust your posture. To the best of your abilities, straighten your posture. A straight posture can help give the impression of awareness (as discussed in #1), improve your peripheral vision, and heighten your sense of hearing. Additionally, improved posture gives off an impression of confidence that is often a deterrent to attack.
  3. Work on your reaction to stress. Some people have a hard time talking during stressful situations or they may have muscle spasms. Each of these reactions can be incredibly detrimental in an emergency.  Learning techniques such as breathing exercises can help keep your head clear and avoid these unfortunate reactions. 
  4. Don't prioritize the feelings of others. Often, we do not speak out about what makes us uncomfortable because we are afraid of hurting someone's feelings. Don't be afraid to let someone know they are invading your personal space. 
  5. Take a self-defense class. While the course you can take may depend on your personal abilities, there are self-defense courses for disabled individuals. 

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Simple Self-Defense Tricks

Escape from a wrist hold
The best way to break a wrist hold (like the one pictured above) is to pull your arm towards where the fingers and thumb meet. This may seem like common sense but many people forget this when dealing with an attack.

Use the heel of your palm to strike
Put your hand in high-five position with your palm pressed forward and your fingers back. Step towards the attacker as you forcefully bang your palm at the top of your attacker's nose, just below their eyes. This will cause extreme pain as it makes their eyes water, giving you a moment to escape the situation.

Pack more pain in your punch
Clench your fist at the last second when you throw a punch. If you clench and then swing you will lose power.

Aim for the weak points
Go for the eyes, throat, and knees. If you are attacked from behind stomp on their foot. Hit the groin last as most attackers will expect you to go for it first.


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Unique Tips for Staying Safe

  1. Never trust a door chain. Many homes and hotels utilize door chains as a way to safely lock doors. These should never be used exclusively as even amateur burglars can often remove locks with ease.
  2. Keep your car keys reachable from bed.  Many modern key fobs include a panic button. This will be useful if you hear an intruder in or around your home. Set off the alarm and most criminals will flee, fearing the alarm will call the police.
  3. Cover your eyehole.  Hotel doors often have eyeholes leading outside or into the hallway. Most one-way eyehole technology is not infallible. If you have an eyehole without a cover use tape or tissue paper to cover it.
  4. Set the home address on your phone or GPS to a business nearby. If someone steals your phone or car they will have access to all of your information and possibly your garage door remote. It is wise to set your home address as a business to avoid leading the thief directly to your home.
  5. Invest in a self-defense courseThe best way to stay safe in any situation is to be able to defend yourself. 
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Safety Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Many first-time home buyers are unaware of the simple methods that can be used to increase safety. Here are a few tips from Real Estate Training Institute you can give your clients when purchasing a new home. 

  1. Change those locks! The first thing that homeowners should do is change the locks on all their outside doors. There is a chance that not all of the keys were collected, and someone could still have a copy. It is also wise to change out the garage door remotes as well.
  2. Lighting is everything. Having a well-lit exterior is great for discouraging criminals. Encourage clients to check all light fixtures for any burnt-out bulbs that need to be replaced, and for any places that lighting needs to be installed.
  3. Be Neighborly. It is always a good idea to meet and get to know the local community and neighbors. They can provide an extra set of eyes looking out. Encouraging clients to meet with their neighbors helps build a relationship that allows them to notify each other more comfortably if something is amiss.
  4. Alarms are not a bad idea. A home that has been on the market might be a magnet for criminals. Installing an alarm system will not only be a deterrent for criminals but also give homeowners peace of mind in their new home.
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5 Security Tips For Single Women Living Alone

Single women can never be too careful when it comes to their personal safety, at home, work or on the go.  We’ll focus today on personal safety measures to take at home.

  1. Schedule any service visits very carefully
    When scheduling any service visits, or deliveries, you should arrange for them to coincide with a visit from a friend. Most laborers are professional and trustworthy, but there are unsavory characters out to take advantage of a single woman home alone.
  2. Install a panic button to be able to call for help immediately
    There are many options available and can even be worn on your person to alert your neighbors or police if you need assistance.
  3. Date in public
    Avoid hosting a first or even a second date in your home or allowing your date to pick you up at your address. Meet them in a very public place and drive separately or if you must ride together, drive your own vehicle with him as a passenger.
  4. Self-Defense and Personal Protection
    Women living alone should be familiar with self-defense techniques and ready to utilize them should the need arise. Find a class nearby or an online self-defense course that will give you the tools you need to defend yourself. Keep personal protection items, such as pepper spray nearby at all times. Sleep with your key fob on your nightstand. The panic alarm can be set off in the case of emergency. Even if your car is in the garage, the noise could startle your attacker enough to allow you a moment to escape.
  5. Door and Window Locks
    Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Women living alone should examine their locks and make sure they are in good working order and replace any that are broken or damaged. Check the screws on your door hardware to be sure the screws are of proper length (at least 3 inches) extending into the door frame making for a stronger connection.

There are plenty of great tips and tricks for keeping yourself safe, you just have to be willing to take the time to educate yourself with the right information. Taking a few hours learning and practicing how to defend yourself could be key to surviving an attacker.

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Must Reads for Those Interested in Personal Safety

Instructor PT Taylor's 'Must Read' list for personal safety: 

Survivors Club by  Ben Sherwood
The Survivors Club is pretty much what it sounds like - an in-depth look at the science of survival: why some people live through disasters while others don't. Sherwood speaks with Holocaust survivors, psychologists, geneticists, and a slew of other experts about how to survive a catastrophe. 

Unthinkable Amanda Ripley
Ripley follows human responses to some of history's worst disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917 to the stories of the survivors of 9/11. The book details the brain's fear circuits, group reactions to emergencies, and the inadequacy of our evolutionary responses.

Fear Less: Real Truth About Risk, Safety, and Security in a Time of Terrorism Gavin De Becker
De Becker provides advice to individuals fearful of terrorism. He suggests ways to take charge of personal security and options for the United States to prevent and overcome future terrorist attacks.

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Personal Safety & Self Defense Course Spotlight

Personal Safety and Self Defense

This course is designed to provide important safety tips and precautions for personal safety in the workplace. This is especially true for real estate professionals as they are very often exposed to strangers, with unknown persons. It is important to understand the legal environment surrounding self-defense and the physical limitations that can be a factor for each individual. There are key “Rules of Engagement” that help those who work with the public to recognize and avoid dangerous situations. If a confrontation does occur, the instructor outlines and demonstrates the best and most practical ways to respond to and reduce potential harm. This program offers self-defense techniques from the stand-up position using easy and effective gross motor skills, to ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention).

This course covers 5 main topics:

  1. Legal Environment: Explore your legal rights, what you can and cannot do in a situation. You do have the right to defend yourself against an assault. A common sense approach to self-defense is that avoidance is one of the best ways to ensure your safety.
  2. Physical Limitations: Learn the 11 rules of engagement as well as what happens to our body, without our consent, when suddenly attacked. Freeze, Flight, or Fight.
  3. Safety Is Your Responsibility: This section covers the importance of the three R’s: Recognize, Respond, and Reduce.
  4. Safety and Real Estate Showings: Learn about the importance and awareness of liability for the client, the Realtor, and material items in the home.
  5. Self Defense Tactics: This section covers three methods of defense when force is the last resort.

 

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September is REALTOR® Safety Month

Real estate professionals face a variety of dangers every day. For example, you often meet strangers in isolated locations at odd hours, leaving them open to potential attack.

In honor of Safety Month, check out these tips and tricks for staying safe while dealing with unpredictable situations.

  1. Keep your work and personal social media presences separate. 
    Setting up separate work and personal accounts will make it harder for potential attackers to find personal information or photos that may give hints about where to find you off the job.
  2. Take time to evaluate your surroundings in new locations
    If you are viewing a property for the first time, make sure you are familiar with exit routes and areas where you could easily be trapped.
  3. Do not give prospective home buyers rides
    While it is somewhat common practice to provide rides for clients, it is much safer to drive separate. Avoid parking in areas where you could be blocked in.
  4. Learn self-defense tactics
    This one is a given. Learning self-defense will increase your ability to defend yourself at work and at home. Certified Training Institute offers a 4-hour Online Self Defense Class designed with real estate professionals in mind.

 

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Warning Signs of Violence in the Workplace

Workplace violence is an issue among staff and customers. While there are several warning signs that someone is about to become violent, one must always remember that some people will show no signs at all. The safest bet for avoiding a violent workplace situation is learning de-escalation and self-defense tactics.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Major change in behaviors
  • Increased disruptive behavior at work
  • Temper tantrums, crying, sulking
  • Excessive absence
  • Pushing the limits of acceptable work behavior
  • Disrespect for authority
  • Complaints of unfair treatment

PHYSICAL WARNING SIGNS OF POTENTIAL VIOLENCE

  • Signs of fatigue
  • Pacing or restless movements
  • Sweating
  • Trembling/Shaking
  • Exaggerated gestures

 

 

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What Do Real Estate Agents and International Spies Have in Common?

They’re all at risk of potential attack at or near their workplace. Not only are these professionals at risk, but Hotel, Restaurant, In-home Nurses and anyone working in an industry in which you must deal with strangers.

If you are an employer or currently employed by one of the aforementioned businesses or industries, you should be aware of the hidden dangers of your profession.

You may not require the intensive training of an International Spy, but you do need to be aware of potentially dangerous situations and how to best deal with a physical attack.

How many of you find yourself alone with a client, deal with an angry customer, or walking through an empty parking lot at night to reach your vehicle? Are you capable of defending yourself if necessary?

Spending a few hours learning proper personal protection skills is not only an investment in your safety, but that of your company as well.

Online courses make it easy and affordable to give the gift of Personal Safety and Self Defense to yourself and your employees. Learn life-saving techniques in the comfort of your own home or office.

In one 4-hour Personal Safety and Self Defense course and you’ll understand the need to increase your knowledge of proper Self Defense Practices, the “Rules of Engagement” and how to best avoid dangerous situations. This online course offers self-defense tactics from the stand-up position utilizing gross motor skill (easy but effective) techniques as well as ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention) tactics which can be used anywhere in any situation.

So take a few hours to invest in the safety of yourself and staff today! It’s Fast, Easy and Affordable!

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