Street Survival

Street crime – the shocking facts!

Street crime today has become a major source of fear among the members of the public because victims face a sudden threat to life, a loss of control and an invasion of personal space. Street robbery is an especially fear-inducing crime because of the context in which it is likely to occur—during the course of someone’s normal everyday routine or activities.

Research suggests that street robbers attacked most victims on their way to or from work, school or shopping. The risk of injury and death during an attack further substantiates the public’s fear of robbery. Offenders physically attack approximately 65% of robbery victims and about 30% require medical attention.

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Surviving a street robbery or mugging is not a straightforward matter. Compliance may not ensure survival and knowing the exact survival process to follow will be complicated if all the dynamics of the situation have not been considered.

The Street Survival program will break down and analyze the processes used by the financial predator and give you the tools to realize if you are being set up for a crime.

Kidnapping & hostage taking!

Many kidnap or hostage victims became victims because their focus was fully diverted towards everyday activities, rather than their own personal security. Also most people often think that the only individuals that are kidnapped or taken hostage are political figures or the rich and famous.

The fact is that the majority of victims taken hostage are ordinary individuals. So there must be a change in attitude towards a personal responsibility for your own security.

Notice the warning signs

In a study by Clayton Consultants, a company that specialized in assisting in kidnap cases, 105 cases were reviewed. Out of those 105 cases, all of the victims said that they thought it was much more likely that someone else would be targeted than them, and all stated that they had noticed warning signs but had failed to respond to them. Also, all victims said that their physical security measures had been penetrated by the kidnapper, and thus had not worked as a deterrent. In other words, their attitude towards their personal security was not to a satisfactory level, with a disastrous outcome.

There are many ways of reducing the risk…

…of kidnapping and hostage taking. Of primary importance is to keep as low a profile as possible, and to establish some form of organized surveillance detection.

You are certainly at an increased risk of being kidnapped if you are perceived to have access to money. The reality does not matter; it is the perception of wealth that will be the dominating factor. You are also vulnerable if you have a fixed routine, or if you display a lack of security awareness.

The Street Survival program looks at the types of surveillance and techniques used by hostage takers so you can prevent yourself from being taken hostage.

Developing your security awareness!

People on the verge of committing a criminal act will be nervous – nervous about being caught, nervous about getting what they want or nervous about being hurt. Some violent criminals may be able to hide this better than others but invariably there will be some form of nonverbal signs or signals leaking out. Most people know and understand what type of behavior is normal when browsing in a shop, sitting in a restaurant or riding on the subway and this is even truer the more familiar with the environment you are. Therefore having good situational awareness will draw your attention towards people whose behavior is abnormal or inconsistent with their environment. This doesn’t mean that people exhibiting “abnormal behavior” are automatically a threat but they are certainly worthy of your attention.

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what is “normal” in your environment

Being able to determine what constitutes suspicious behavior requires at least a basic understanding about what is “normal” in your environment. With this basic understanding you can more readily determine if someone’s behavior is inconsistent with the location and remove yourself from the location avoiding a potentially dangerous situation all together. The Street Survival program will introduce simple safety tips, strategies and routines that will highly develop your situational awareness and your own personal security.

CLASS ROOM THEORY MODULES!

The class room theory modules in the Street Survival program look to develop the most important components from the 5 D’s of self-defense 1. Detect and 2. Defuse

THEORY MODULE 1: MUGGINGS & THE FINANCIAL PREDATOR

  • understanding the financial predator 6 step process, how their location choices will surprise you, looking at low risk/low yield vs high risk/high yield, pre-attack indicators, the right way to comply, when it’s time to act, the bag snatcher, dealing with group muggings

THEORY MODULE 2: DE-ESCALATION

  • spontaneous and pre-meditated violence, what you need to know about conflict resolution, acknowledging a person’s right to be angry, don’t adopt the role of a victim, respect yourself, don’t over explain the situation, trying to find common ground, present alternative solutions, dealing with adult bullies, egotistical narcissists – third parties who may get involved, simple steps to effective de-escalation

THEORY MODULE 3: KIDNAPPINGS & HOSTAGE TAKING

  • kidnapping or hostage taking, reducing your risk, the financial kidnapper, what is surveillance, why is the surveillance stage so important, surveillance for vulnerabilities, the surveillance cycle, routine makes you vulnerable, awareness levels, types of surveillance used, detecting hostile surveillance, what to do if you are under surveillance

THEORY MODULE 4: HOME & CAR SECURITY

  • effective car security strategies, what to do when approaching your car, reducing the dead zones in front of your house, getting from your car to your home, what not to do, safety strategies, utilizing tools and technology to your advantage, when you first enter your home, dealing with strangers at your door, home invasion at night, what to do if someone is inside your home

THEORY MODULE 5: ADRENALINE & FEAR MANAGEMENT

  • what is fear, biological vs psychological fear, how negative inner ’self-talk’ creates inertia, how fear and anger are chemically the same emotion, developing a fear management plan, what is tactical breathing and tactical scanning, how you act if trained or untrained in fear management, developing a survival mindset.

THERE IS A TIME TO COMPLY AND A TIME TO ACT!

When somebody demands getting something from you with the threat of violence, and they have the means to enforce their demands – either through weight of numbers, physical size and ability or a weapon – then the only way to avoid a physical confrontation is to comply. If an aggressor wants to move you from one location to another, compliance should be the last thought on your mind.

THE ATTACKER ALWAYS HAS THE AMBUSH ADVANTAGE

Before developing your physical defensive strategies you must first understand that the attacker always has the ambush advantage. He knows when and how he will attack. You must also understand what your body will do prior to any training and how this ambush will trigger an emotional response; your natural survival response to danger.

If faced with an attacker…

…twice your size who initiates a surprise attack, it’s just not feasible to rely on strength and power, your attacker will prevail every time. Also, real life is not like Hollywood, your first response will not be to defend with a complex motor skill; your survival instinct will trigger the emotional response.

I will help you understand how humans behave when ambushed and how to utilize your natural response to danger as an effective self-defense tactic. Only once you are psychologically in control of yourself can you transition to a complex motor skill. And what complex motor skill you use depends on your basic understanding of biomechanics, physiology and anatomy. The Street Survival program will break that down for you in a simple and easy to learn process.

DEVELOPING YOUR PHYSICAL ABILITY

The physical techniques in the Street Survival program are suitable for men and women with no previous martial arts or self-defense experience (and all fitness levels), and are designed to get the novice or beginner to a high state of proficiency in the shortest possible time. We teach techniques according to principles and concepts, rather than just straight repetition. This speeds up and enhances the learning process.

MODULE 1: DEFENDING THE MOST COMMON STANDING UNARMED ATTACKS

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MODULE 2: GROUND SURVIVAL DEFENSES AND ESCAPES

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MODULE 3: DEFENDING AGAINST GUN, KNIFE AND BLUNT INSTRUMENT ATTACKS

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Street crime today has become a major source of fear

Street crime today has become a major source of fear among the members of the public because victims face a sudden threat to life, a loss of control and an invasion of personal space. Street robbery is an especially fear-inducing crime because of the context in which it is likely to occur—during the course of someone’s normal everyday routine or activities.

Prosectra (Professional Security Training) provides specialized security and self-protection training programs internationally to civilian and law enforcement personnel within the public, private and humanitarian sectors.