Personal protection is taking personal responsibility for the safety and security of yourself and that of those close to you. The personal protection mechanisms are built mainly on four fundamental concepts, which are:
- Be prepared
- Staying alert to the surrounding at all times
- Take steps to reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of insecurity or a disaster
- Plan for safety procedures to mitigate and minimise the consequences in case of risks like accidents, crime or terrorism, and disasters.
All these concepts are applicable in a variety of settings at home while driving, at the workplace and in many other common places.
Ways to prevent assault and sexual assault
Keep yourself an arm’s length distance between the person who makes you feel uncomfortable. Although for personal protection you may need twice as much as an arm’s distance to be safer because an attacker can lunge at you and in a fraction of a second hold a grasp of you, so for your safety, keep a distance of about six feet to give yourself a safety zone between you and the potential aggressor. The fact of the matter is that unless the attacker is using a gun, he cannot reach you. If a stranger gets too close to you, do yourself a favour and move away, stay between an object like a car, a table, a bench or any other obstacle. Most attackers use ambiguous social situations to get too close to the victims, so never regret interpreting the first moves of strangers as potential dangers.
VIP protection and antiterrorism
There are specific safety techniques that security personnel such as airport security officers, power plant specialists, and military security personnel follow to ensure safety. They include the following:
- Be familiar with all the security equipment within the surroundings for them to utilise when there is a need and use them correctly. While this point may look simple, it is common to find that security equipment has always been used the wrong way and for several reasons.
- Check the equipment regularly and perform regular tests at certain intervals. This may be done by overlapping the tests, i.e. let the tests be done by different individuals from different operational levels like supervisors, technicians, and the intended users regularly.
- A personnel assignment rotation is for implicit checks and communication to ensure alertness and correct usage, familiarity with the safety equipment.
- Check all the areas and ensure the materials and personnel being protected is in order. Take control of every aspect of security, for example, know in advance the departures and arrivals.
- Maintain weapons and security equipment in their place all the time. So that they can be utilised spontaneously as the need arises. It will only make sense if this equipment is accessible when they are needed.
- Know the implication of employing security weapons on all occasions. Check out their legal constraints before using them. Nuclear weapons, for example, must not be used anyhow because of the legal implications against their usage.
- The security providers should be aware of what belongs to where to so that they can detect foreign objects within the guarded areas, for example, explosives and more.
- Take cover in case of an emergency, ensure you are behind an object or concealment utmost.
- Choose to stand in positions with the greatest visual vintage which may be at the corner of a room or an elevated position.
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