Thursday June 14, 2012
YOU can’t be too careful, say safety experts.
“There is no shame in being paranoid. Criminals prey on a person who appears unsuspecting and distracted; someone on her cell phone, in heels or unaware of her surroundings.
“If they want your money, let them have it, and run. If you are forcibly held, remember the 3Ds: distract, disengage and distance yourself quickly,” says Akido centre chief instructor Sonny Loke, who conducts weekly self-defence classes.
Despite our precautions, crimes do happen.
There have been several reports of abductions lately. Some victims were robbed, but some were also beaten up before they were released.
There are no set rules for dealing with such risky situations, but victims can improve their chances of survival by keeping their wits about them.
1. Calm down
Stay composed so you can be alert to opportunities to run.
2. Be observant
Assess your situation and surroundings. If your abductors intend to ask for a ransom, chances are they want to keep you alive. Memorise as many details about your captors as possible so you can help the police nab them later. Gauge your chances of escaping.
3. Don’t agitate your captors
Your captors are more likely to let down their guard if they think you are being compliant. Don’t make threats or become violent, for instance, as they may be less likely to keep you restrained.
4. Keep your dignity.
Do not grovel, beg or become hysterical. Try not to cry. Do not challenge your abductor, but show him/her that you are worthy of respect.
5. Establish a rapport
Attempt to establish a rapport with your abductor. If you can build some sort of bond with him, he may be hesitant to harm you.
6. Communicate with other captives
If there are other captives, try to establish a connection with them. When you are unattended, work on an escape plan together.
Keep your smarts