Ten Practical Steps to Enhance Personal Security

Jan 2


William B. Doyle

William B. Doyle

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In the wake of recent global events, many people are feeling vulnerable and exposed. However, by incorporating some straightforward strategies into our daily routines, we can transform ourselves into "hard targets" for criminals and terrorists. This article outlines ten simple steps that can help deter potential threats and enhance personal safety.

Maintaining a Low Profile

Criminals and terrorists often target individuals who stand out from the crowd. Therefore,Ten Practical Steps to Enhance Personal Security Articles it's crucial to:

  • Dress, behave, and interact in a way that doesn't draw unnecessary attention.
  • Blend into the local environment, especially when traveling.
  • Avoid attracting publicity and refrain from moving in large groups.
  • Steer clear of civil disturbances and demonstrations.

Embracing Unpredictability

Predictability can make you an easy target. To avoid this:

  • Change your route to and from work and vary the times you leave and return home.
  • Alter your dress style regularly.
  • Exercise at different times and places, never alone or in deserted areas.
  • Inform trusted individuals about your whereabouts, activities, and expected return time.

Staying Alert

Being alert and aware of your surroundings can help identify potential threats. To enhance your alertness:

  • Be vigilant for anything or anyone suspicious, including unfamiliar vehicles or delivery vans in your neighborhood.
  • Avoid sharing personal information over the phone, email, chat rooms, or on your website. Shred or destroy documents containing your name, address, or account numbers before disposal.
  • If you suspect you're being followed, head to a pre-selected secure area such as a local police station or a well-lit public place.
  • Report any suspicious incidents to local law enforcement agencies or your local embassy if you're overseas. Try to note details about the suspect vehicle and its occupants.

While these measures may seem overly cautious, those with experience in law enforcement, physical security, and anti-terrorism know that criminals and terrorists often prefer easy "soft targets" over more challenging "hard targets". By implementing these techniques, you can significantly enhance your safety and that of your loved ones.

For more detailed information and additional methods, consider checking out the e-book series "How To Make Yourself A HARD TARGET For Terrorists" available at wbdoyle.com. This series provides comprehensive insights into understanding, detecting, and protecting yourself from potential threats.