Prevention Strategies and Tactics

prevencionEvery individual is different, therefore has different concerns and needs. The way in which each individual follows security advise will depend on the circumstances, the environment in which he or she develops, potential risks and personality traits.

In this article, G4S Venezuela lays down five prevention strategies that will result in effective tactics to avoid becoming a victim of crime. The main purpose is to bring upon specific ideas that can contribute to understand how to apply the foundations of prevention while using common sense and survival instincts. It won’t be necessary to memorize all the strategies but it will be important to understand how they work.

PREVENTION STRATEGIES

Any measure taken to prevent any threat results from the five essential strategies that you will find below for the defense of the security of ourselves, our families and friends; and working environment .

Detection

Criminals avoid getting caught at any cost. If we make ourselves more visible before people surrounding us or if we bring attention over an offender, it will be less likely that a confrontation occurs. Strategies to be more aware of the environment and detection gadgets belong in this category.

Trespassing

Having the intention to commit a crime is not enough. A delinquent cannot commit a violent crime without having physical access to the victim. Such tactics are aimed at securing the environment in which we are, restraining access to the offender. A clear example would be to keep unwelcome guests away from our houses and vehicles, or to create a barrier between the potential aggressor and ourselves.

Isolation

It is most likely that a criminal attacks his or her victim when this is alone or isolated. Ninety six percent of rapists check that their potential victims find themselves alone before an assault. It will be less likely that an aggression takes place when it has been uncovered or interrupted.

Response

There is a difference between responding to an attack and reacting to it. The skills to respond begin by being aware of our surroundings and being capable of detecting and recognizing when we are being checked as potential victims. This strategy is based on

identifying potential dangers and responding in such a way that we can break up volatile situations.

Reaction

Reaction implies an immediate decision-making on a physical level, once that we have confirmed that we are being considered as victims. The more we know about what to do in order to avoid a physical confrontation as well as the timing of our reactions, the higher the probability of being successful at defending ourselves and searching for a safe place.

A more practical approach to add the advises given herein will be to understand the foundations of such. Once understood, we’ll be capable of improvising strategies that will adapt to our needs.

PREVENTION TACTICS

Prevention tactics are based on one or more of the aforementioned strategies. Such tactics are organized according to the situation and the environment. There are other secondary principles that also need to be taken into consideration in terms of comfortability of applicability when adding them up to our daily lives.

Of course, one can create as many recommendations based on the prevention strategies as well as brought upon from common sense and observation as possible. If the principles behind them are understood, then we’ll be able to improvise security drills in a specific moment.

The recommendations on prevention are simple steps and precautions that must be taken to diminish the possibilities of becoming victims of a crime. There are hundreds of recommendations on those lists regarding what must be done and what shouldn’t be done. Even though their applicability does not guarantee success, their implementation and follow-up may be of great use in the prevention of crimes against people and goods.

Now, armed with knowledge and common sense, we can include those precautions we feel will make us safer without having our way of life greatly distorted.

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Personal and Family Security

FamiliaThe news about violent crimes in the main cities of the nation, are usually in the minds of Venezuelan residents. The authority’s ability to stop this crime wave is quite questionable, and most people feel highly exposed and at risk in the concrete jungle where predators threaten to attack anytime, anywhere. The crime rate is outrageous for both locals and visitors, and there doesn’t seem to be any possible short term improvement. But, it’s worth wondering: Are we doing everything we can to avoid becoming victims of a criminal attack? Do we know what to do? How to act when facing an attacker to try and mitigate the damages? If we can’t count on an efficient response from the authorities, then it’s necessary for us to generate individual and collective active and passive measures to protect our personal integrities.

Looking to contribute with that purpose, in this and upcoming issues we will touch on personal and family safety issues, however, we must warn you that our suggestions are not the only recipes, and it will be each person’s judgment, experience and personal knowledge, properly combined with a good dose of serenity, what will ultimately generate efficient results to overcome the tensions of being victims of a criminal action.

Protect your family: prepare a family security plan

Our home is our sanctuary, the center of our personal universe, a “controlled environment” we constantly try to strengthen with active and passive security measures to protect our loved ones. But, once out of the house, they are no longer under our protective cloak, becoming exposed, and then it is luck and whatever knowledge they may have about personal security what will allow them to foresee unsafe situations in order to avoid becoming victims of criminal attacks. To help protect our family in this context, the best defense is to make them aware of the dangers they are exposed to, so they can anticipate themselves to any potential danger in order to plan their actions for whenever they may need them.

We recommend having a family meeting to talk about the most frequent crimes that take place in our cities, which we are exposed to: armed robbery, kidnapping, armed burglary and extortion. It is necessary to draw a security plan using the “WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF…” technique.

We know this is an unpleasant topic to discuss, but it is necessary to be clear about it in order to know what to do in a given opportunity. For instance, families can establish strategies and courses of action regarding what to do and say in case one of their members become the victim of an Express or Long-term kidnapping, who they should call first, what to say and not to say to the criminals, how to behave in front of the kidnappers, what attitude to assume, etc. It is also very important to develop an argumentative script to be consistent when the time comes in order to avoid ambiguities during the negotiation process, since a single slip could aggravate the situation. It is also recommended to know what to do in case of an extorting or threatening call, what to do to get “unhooked” from the extorter, and what precautions to take.

But, what do we need a tentative plan for? When we don’t have a plan and an attack takes place, we leave the resolution of every problem in the hands of our instinct and, what if we have the wrong reaction or our actions are inappropriate? The answer to this question is in the countless number of cases in which people have lost their lives due to inconvenient reactions in front of criminals who have no respect for human life or are simply so nervous they can’t control their reactions either. Having a plan, as simple as it may be, will give us confidence, will allow us to assess the situation and choose the best option when the times comes. But in order for the plan to work, it needs to be rehearsed, and that’s how families can turn such a delicate topic into an interesting activity.

It’s worth adding that a little training in personal security will always be very convenient, especially to add the knowledge of prevention and internalize it as a daily practice until it becomes a habit.

To develop a family security plan it is also convenient to consider the household members’ routines, the areas they frequent, the incidence of crime in such areas, and make them aware that crimes are not random, but somehow provoked by ourselves when we are unaware in unsafe environments, thus inviting criminals to attack; it is necessary to emphasize that before engaging, criminals make a cost/benefit analysis of attacking, weighing up their risks and their possible rewards, and they usually do not take risks against potential victims who look aware. Likewise, it is important to warn our loved ones who’ve developed some kind of skill in terms of personal defense that they shouldn’t risk confronting criminals like in the movies, since in real life, things rarely turn out the same, and there are countless cases of deaths due to resistance.

The planning process includes all the preventive measures to be taken in order to avoid becoming victims, so it is important to teach our loved ones how to detect whether they’re being followed and stimulate and sharpen their observation skills as well as orienting them about the precautions to be taken in parking lots -such as not parking next to cars with people inside- what to do if they see subjects with suspicious behaviors before parking or when walking back to their vehicles. When returning home, you should not try to enter if you see strangers in the driveway or building gates, take into account that it is from these places where most Express kidnappings occur. Agree upon communication protocols in imminent danger situations, for instance, if being followed, call the mobile of the family member who will surely pick up the phone, the person we’ve agreed to call to inform of our situation, where we are and to whom we will describe whoever’s allegedly following us (vehicle make and model, color, license, subjects’ descriptions, etc.).

Finally, it is necessary to insist that in order to protect our families, the best defense is to make them aware of all the risks they are exposed to, so to allow them to anticipate potential dangers and plan their actions for when it’s necessary.