Some acts of violence involves thieves who are only out to get your material possessions such as car, credit cards, cash, belongings, etc. With this being the busiest shopping season of the year, remember that criminals are working overtime to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals whose thoughts are far removed from the ones being plotted against him/her at that very moment.
Here are a few things that you should keep in mind in you ever find yourself in such an ungodly predicament:
These type of violent criminals are more than likely more nervous and inexperienced than attackers who are after power. However, any sudden or wrong moves can cause that such person to overreact and behave in a harmful manner.
Try to remain calm.
Although it’s not easy to calm your nervous system when your life is hanging in the balance, being noticeably nervous will also make the attacker nervous.
Be sure to verbally communicate what you are doing, calmly.
“Ok, I’m getting my wallet out of my pocket and will place it on the car.”
Give up whatever possession the attacker is after. The end goal here is survival and fighting for the watch your late grandmother gave you probably will not end well for you. Not only will the attacker gain possession of such item, but you’ll more than likely be joining your grandmother in the afterlife.
Negotiate if necessary.
“Please let me get my children out of the car and I will leave my purse in the front seat and give you the PIN to my debit card.”
Be aware of schemes.
If you are out shopping and you notice something on the window after you’ve already gotten in the car, do not get out to retrieve it. Drive away first. Some criminals will leave paper on their target’s car to lure them out of the car. At this point, your keys are still in the car, it’s running and you are out of the car. It’s the perfect opportunity for a thief.
If you’re concerned that it’s a parking ticket or something that you don’t want flying off the vehicle, just pull into a gas station or a location that is full of people. Then get out and get the paper.
And remember, awareness is most important when it comes to personal safety. The more you know what to look out for, the less likely you become a victim.