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You’ve just Shot Someone in Self-Defense, Now What?

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Shooting someone in self-defence is often not the problem; it is what you do afterwards that can get you into a lot of trouble.

Here are 7 things you should never do after shooting someone in self-defence.
Call the police in a panic No matter how hardcore you think you are, if you pull the trigger and shoot someone, you will panic! Before you call the police in a tizzy, take some time to calm down and get your thoughts into order.
Leave the scene
Unless you feel that you will be harmed, stay at the scene – do not leave! You may feel scared and try to run to your friends or family, but it’s best not to. Leaving the scene will make you look guilty.
Move evidence
If you’re at home you’ll most probably want to clean up, but this is not wise. Do not touch anything! If there are other people with you, make sure they don’t touch anything either.
Hold your gun when the police arrive
When the police arrive they may not know who is the bad guy or the good guy. They will look at you holding the gu…

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

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One of the most important things during the Christmas season is food!

But, cooking can be dangerous, especially if the kitchen is filled with family members. Use these helpful cooking safety tips to stay safe this year.
Never leave your cooking unattended. It can be distracting at Christmas time when your whole family is trying to get your attention and you’re trying to multitask. Fires can start in the blink of an eye, so keep a close watch on your food.
Use a potholder or oven mitt. If a fire does start, you can use these items to smother the flames and put out the fire.
Open hot lids away from your face. Steam can burn you, so tilt the lids away from your face when you are opening the lid to check the food.
Roll up your sleeves. Long sleeves can easily catch a light on a hot stove top or oven. Plus no one wants to dip their clothes into the food! Your best bet is to wear short sleeves or just roll them up!
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher. Just in case of emergencies!
Always wash …

6 Holiday Safety Tips for your Pet

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Like many of us, we think of our pets as our best friends. But animals can’t always see the dangers around them, this is why we have to keep a lookout for our fury friends and make sure they stay safe this holiday season...

Decorations! Pets are bound to accidentally bump over the Christmas tree or get tangled up in the lights. Make sure your pets don’t find themselves in trouble, rather keep them away from these dangers and lock the room so they don’t go in.
Outdoor Pets! In South Africa, the weather during the festive season can get to scorching levels. If your pet stays outdoors, always make sure they have a lot of fresh water and shelter out of the sun.
Cooked Bones! Be careful of giving your dog chicken bones and any splintered bones from your Christmas meat dishes. Bones like this can cause fatal internal damage to your fury friends.
Treats and Sweets! Some sweets and especially chocolates are extremely bad for your pets. Never ever feed your pets your holiday candy, and make sur…

Child Safety in and Around your Home

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Accidents happen, but as a parent you have to find ways to reduce the chance of your children hurting themselves. The only way to do this is to try see the dangers around them and to change the environment to make it as child-friendly as possible.

Every year thousands of children are injured and hospitalised because of accidents at home – accidents that could have easily been avoided!
Children up to four years old are most at risk because they do not know what objects are dangerous and which are safe; they will fiddle and explore their environment, and may end up getting hurt.
Young children are often injured because of...
Falls – from beds, chairs, backyard toys, jungle gym equipment
Burns – hot stove tops, boiling liquids and foods
Poisonings – medicines, cleaners, alcohol
Near drowning – pools, baths
Dog bites – mostly by dogs known to the child in the home environment
Choking – food or small toy or objects
Your home is where your child begins to learn about the world around them, so t…

Staying Safe when it’s time to Celebrate New Years

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New Years Eve is a time for fun and celebration, so the last thing you want is for something bad to happen...

Here’s how to stay safe this New Years Eve...
With you group of friends.The best New Years is one spent with your loved ones, so if you’re going to a party make sure to arrive and leave with your group. A lot can happen on this crazy night, so make sure to communicate effectively with everyone and plan where and when you’re going and leaving, etc.
When it’s time to eat.The best way to prepare for a long night of New Year’s parties is to eat a filling supper. A wholesome meal will help your body absorb alcohol and stop you from needing a snack at midnight.
If you’re drinking alcohol. Even if you and your loved ones don’t drink on New Year’s, you’ll probably run into people who do during the night. If you or a friend is drinking, keep these tips in mind:
-- Alternate drinking one glass of alcohol with one glass of water
-- Know your limit and pace yourself
-- Don’t ever leave your…

Home safety Tips for Young Children

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In the blink of an eye, your baby will start to move around and explore the environment. Before this happens, you have to be prepared. Doing a safety check in every room of the house is vital, try going down to your child’s level and viewing the world from their perspective; this will give you a better idea of where the dangers are.
-- Make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency. Maybe do a first aid course and have first aid kits in the house and car.
-- Keep emergency numbers in your phone and written down in your home.
-- Keep poisons far out of reach and store them in a lockable safe or cabinet.
-- Always store matches, candles, scissors, knives and matches out of reach of children.
-- Children under the age of 12 should never be left alone in the house, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
-- Call an electrician to come over and double check that all the wiring is safe in your home.
-- All power points should be covered.
-- The kitchen, bathroom and other areas that co…

How to make it through an Armed Robbery

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Robbery in South Africa has unfortunately become something that happens quite often.
Always remember that it is not a wise idea to fight back, you need to make it out alive and get back to your loved ones.
Here’s how to make it out of a dangerous armed robbery:
-- Don’t make any sudden movements, the attackers may be jumpy and any unsteady movements may shock them.
-- Make sure that the attacker knows that you are not a threat, and will do as he commands.
-- Avoid making eye contact and try to come across in a non-threatening way.
-- You may want to teach your children a special code word that alerts them that this is a dangerous situation and they must follow your instructions.
-- Try to note your attacker’s features without them noticing, although you must be careful because this can make them angry.
-- Call for help immediately after the attackers leave.
-- Ensure that there are a number of panic buttons scattered around your home so you have access no matter what room you are in.

Lookout for Scams this Festive Season

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As the holidays approach, scammers start to get busier and busier. Criminals take advantage during this time of the year because people become less vigilant and more relaxed, plus yearend bonuses mean people have more money to steal.

Here are five top tips to stay safe during the holiday season...
  §If you get an email or an SMS with a link to a bank, financial service or even SARS – don’t click on it! These messages may say that you need to confirm a payment, refund or banking details, but as soon as you click the link and enter your details they will be stolen.
  §Scammers may send you an email telling you that you qualify for a loan, but first you need to pay the fee upfront. If you are made an offer like this, never believe it!
  §Be careful when giving out your personal details, like your ID number, address and date of birth. Often criminals just want these details so they can open a fraud store or loan account. They will act as an airline, bank or retailer offering you something…

How to Protect your Holiday Packages

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The holidays are almost here which means gift shopping and party planning. However, it’s not all about holiday cheer, it is also an important time of the year for the post industry.

At this time of the year, it can get a bit crazy in the post office. So, it is important to keep your eye on your mail because criminals may want to swipe your holiday package.
Here are some helpful tips to make sure all your packages are safe and sound...
Track it – This is the most convenient way to keep an eye on your mail. Most websites will tell you the day and time it arrives so you can go to your nearest post office and collect it. http://trackmyparcel.co.za/ is a great website to track your parcels.
Ask a friend – If you’re going to be on holiday or out of the house, ask a family member, friend or neighbour to keep your package in a safe place until you return.
Add some decor – If your package is being delivered to your home, a great way to keep criminals away is to make sure the package cannot be …

How to be a Responsible Gun Owner

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As a gun owner, you need to be responsible and that means speaking to your loved ones, especially your children, about how to be 100% safe with your gun.

Gather your loved ones and talk them about gun safety...
-- A gun is always loaded
Even if you know that the gun is not loaded, it should always be treated like it is. Never point a gun at yourself or someone else. If you are cleaning your gun, keep it pointed at the floor, away from you, at all times.
-- Don’t put your finger on the trigger
If you are hunting, practice shooting or simply just holding your gun, always keep your finger off the trigger! The proper way to hold your gun safely is to keep your finger straight along the side of the trigger.
-- Guns are not toys
Movies show people using weapons in ways that make them look cool and fun, but they are not toys. A gun is a deadly weapon that can kill with a simple movement, so they need to be treated with respect and care.
-- Never try altering a gun yourself
Yes, gun owners shoul…

Are your Christmas Lights Safe?

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Your Christmas lights have spent the last 12 months packed away in the attic gathering dust, so there is a high chance that they could be electrically unsafe.


If you are careless with your lights and don’t take the proper precautions, your winter wonderland could turn into a disaster!
Enjoy a safe Christmas and follow these easy checks and precautions:
* Always read and follow the instructions on your Christmas lights
* Always make sure the lights aren’t damaged and keep an eye out for loose wires
* Always replace bulbs with same type and wattage as the originals
* Always turn your lights off before you go to bed or if you leave the house
* Always keep your lights away from any flammable items
* Always use proper extension cords if you need to and don’t overload them
* Always keep the electrical cords away from metal, water and other electric appliances
* Never use Christmas lights outdoors unless the package says they are designed for outdoor use
* Never connect a variety of different…

SA is fighting Crime this Festive Season

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The police in South Africa have decided to be on full alert this December. No criminals or lawbreakers will be tolerated, with this in mind; more and more members of SAPS are being stationed in and around the popular crime hotspots.
2 000 police students, 13 000 metro police and 32 000 members of the SAPS will cover all the areas in Gauteng that are often seen as problem zones. These areas include certain malls and suburbs.

Police members will make themselves visible in the shopping malls as well as conduct multiple foot patrols, hold road blocks throughout the country and coordinate search operations.
Even though the police will be on guard this festive season, you should always be aware – never walk around with large sums of money as you may be targeted by criminals.
The innovative PatrolMan neighbourhood watch app allows you to utilize a variety of features, including crime statistics, reports and incidents. The SOS button

Toy Safety Tips to Keep your Kids Safe

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Every year, thousands of new toys are introduced into stores all around the world, even more at Christmas time! Toys are meant to be fun, but children are often rushed to the emergency room because of toy-related injuries.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when you are buying toys for young children...
- Always consider the child’s age when you are choosing a toy or game.
- Read the instructions and warning labels before you buy a toy to make sure it is right for your child.
- Art supplies should have a label that says “non-toxic”.
- Before you purchase a toy, make sure there are no small parts that could be a choking hazard.
- Don’t forget to buy a helmet if you buy a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or riding equipment.
- Keep an eye out for tiny parts, including watch batteries that may be included in toys that are electronic.
Don’t let your child become the victim of a toy-related injury or accident, use these safety tips and keep toys as objects of joy and fun!
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The Truth about Carjackings in South Africa

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Crime is a major concern in South Africa. Your family’s safety is the most important thing, so know that moving to, visiting or living in South Africa can be quite risky.

No, living in SA doesn’t mean you’re going to be mugged everyday or have your home broken into constantly. Being in SA just means you have to know how to stay safe.
Carjackings are a popular crime in Soouth Africa, either stolen from your property or during a hijacking. Over the last years or so, carjackings have increased; luckily for us Cape Town isn’t nearly as bad as Gauteng.
Did you know that almost every 9 minutes a car is stolen in South Africa?
What are the most popular cars that are carjacked in South Africa?
Studies from a few years back show that the most targeted cars in SA include: Opel Corse bakkies, VW Polo and Golf, Toyota RunX, Hilux, Venture and Corolla, Isuzu bakkies and Nissan 1400.
Where are the most dangerous car hijacking hotspots in South Africa?
If we look at police crime statistics, we’ll s…

Cape Town Safety Tips

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The Mother City is a beautiful city, filled with people and activities and like in any other large city, it has areas that are more dangerous than others.
When you visit Cape Town, or if you are planning on visiting Cape Town, make sure you are familiar with these safety tips...
Safety Tips when out and about:

-- If you are walking around in an area that isn’t 100% safe, or you’re not sure, avoid wearing your most expensive gold jewellery, as well as any other valuables.
-- Do not carry around bags of cash with you! Simply keep a little in your wallet so that if you are mugged, you’ll have something to hand over without making the mugger irritable.
-- South Africa is one of the only countries with car guards. Keep a few coins in your pocket or in your car to give the car guard without having to open your bag or wallet (Do not give a car guard anything if he appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.)
-- Stay away from areas that are isolated, like buildings and beaches, …

The 8 Most Common Festive Season Crimes

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The festive season brings joy and happiness with family and friends, BUT it is also the most dangerous time of the year!

With all the chaos, criminals take full advantage and get away with some of the worst crimes we know. Even though the police and the neighbourhood watch groups are on special alert this time of the year, there still manages to be criminals who will ruin the festive season for someone.
Read on to find out and be aware of the most common festive season crimes:
Shoplifting
Shopping goes through the roof in December, giving thieves the opportunity to blend into all the large crowds and stick their itchy fingers into purses, bags, shopping carts and boxes.
Home burglary
Home burglary is always especially bad during the festive season. Criminals will break into homes because they know after Christmas shopping that they will be full of expensive valuables. Another reason that home burglary is such a concern during this time is because a lot of families go away on holiday, l…

Home Improvement Tasks you should do this Summer

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It can be easy to put off home improvement and tell yourself you’ll do it next month, but often if it is left undone for too long it can lead to home disasters!
With the lovely hot weather making its way here, you can put your design ideas to good use and finally make those improvements you’ve been putting off!

Take a look at these vital home improvement tips you...
     1.Wash the Exterior The outside of your house is important; when it is dirty and run-down it can attract the wrong people. Now is the time to make your home beautiful again!
2.Restain your Deck Do you have a wooden deck? You probably haven’t restain it in a while, right? The task of restaining your deck may be hard work, but it’s time to do it before you start having braais and pool parties.
3.New Windows If you want to keep a cool air-conditioned home, then replacing your windows is a must. Make sure to call a professional though because installing new windows is no easy thing to do.
 4.Clean your Gutters Leaves and o…

How to equip yourself for a Roadside Emergency

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A wise driver should always have the right equipment to fix a breakdown or deal with a road accident.
You should always have in your car:
-- A cellphone – We advise getting an emergency app on your phone (the PatrolMan app allows you to send out an SOS so help will be summoned to your location immediately).
-- A bottle of water, either to drink, clean your hands or wipe the windscreen.
-- Jumper cables and extra fluids, such as oil.
-- A small box with gloves, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.
-- Pack a first-aid emergency kit, pillow, blanket and a roll of toilet paper.
-- Red reflective triangles, at least one as is required by law.
-- A pen and paper, you never know when you have to write something down and your phone battery is flat.
-- Always have some extra cash available.


Be aware of emergency and roadside assistance benefits available to you through your car insurance policy.

Child Safety in the Car

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Using a seat-belt or child seat is the most effective way to protect your child in the event of a car crash. All occupants in your car should be properly strapped in when travelling!

Seat-belts and child restraints...
- Reduce the risk of your child being injured during an accident if they are flung around in the interior of the car.
- Spread out the force of the impact to the parts of the body that are considered the strongest.
- Prevent the child or adult from flying out of the vehicle during a crash.
- Prevent people in the car from getting hurt, rear-seated passengers who aren't strapped in can be catapulted forward and hit other occupants.

When using child restraints:
- Check the harness and top tether has no twists and is firm.
- Make sure your child’s arms are secured correctly and make sure the straps aren't too tight by fitting two fingers between the harness and the child.
- Check the seatbelt and harness buckles are properly secured.
Things to remember:
- Children mus…

4 Reasons Why Thieves Love Sliding Doors

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It can take less than 60 seconds for a professional burglar to break into someones home.

You may have taken the time to make sure your front door and windows are secure, but if you have a sliding door, your home may still be at risk. Sliding doors are actually a thieves favourite way to get into your home.

Here are four common ways that make sliding glass doors an easy way to get into your home...


1. They have simple latches.
You may lock your sliding door every day and night, but an experienced thieve can still find a way to get in. Most sliding doors have simple latches that can be opening by jiggling the door a bit.
2. They’re often hidden from view.
Where is your sliding door on your house? At the back leading out to the pool or on the side of your home are common places. This means that they are hidden from view and thieves can break in without anyone seeing.
3. They show off the goods.
A sliding door is really just a huge window that opens into your home. When you open your curtai…

Avoiding Driver Fatigue

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Driver fatigue is one of the main causes of car accidents!

Many people are under the impression that fatigue is only an issue if you are driving long distance, but this could not be more wrong. Drivers who are  only travelling a short distance can also suffer from fatigue.

Drivers don't usually get tired from driving, usually they get behind the wheel of the car when they are already really tired and this is what causes the problem.

Causes:
-- Not getting enough sleep
-- Driving at the times when you would usually be sleeping
-- Sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, a sleeping condition that causes tiredness throughout the day.
Symptoms:
-- yawning constantly
-- sore or heavy eyes
-- slow reaction
-- Daydreaming and zoning out
-- Not concentrating on driving
-- driving speed creeps up or down
-- impatience
-- impaired driving performance such as poor gear changes
-- stiffness and cramps
-- loss of motivation

How fatigue affects your driving
Believe it or not, but being tired and dri…

Halloween Home Safety Tips

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The excitement of Halloween and all the activities to come can bring up a few extra safety precautions for you to think of when it comes to your home, yard and family...
LIGHTING

Lighting is really important on Halloween. Kids are going to be walking up to your house the whole night to trick or treat, so you want your yard to be well lit to make sure they have a safe route to your door. Lighting also keeps those Halloween tricksters away
PUT YOUR CAR IN THE GARAGE

Even if you don't usually put your vehicle in the garage, it is a good idea to do so during Halloween because vandals like to come out to play! Protect your property and put your car, bikes, tools and other lawn furniture away.
BRING IN THE PUMPKINS

The same goes for your pumpkins. Your kids may have spent hours carving a beautiful pumpkin, so bring them inside or put them close to your house to avoid your pumpkins from being murder victims.
CONFINE YOUR PET

Loud crowds and new people randomly coming up to your door may sca…

3 Sneaky Ways to Keep Your Stuff Safe

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In order to hide your valuables effectively, you need to think creatively. Where are hiding places where you think a robber won't look?

You can use simple, every day things to hide your money, jewellery, valuables and keys, no matter where you are!

Here are four great ways to make sure your stuff is always safe...
1. Empty Bottles and Jars It could be an empty mayonnaise, pickle or spice jar, burglars wont really think to look through your food products. Even if you want to use an empty shampoo bottle, they wont really give it a second glance. Make sure to wrap your valuables in plastic or a Ziploc bag beforehand.
Want to make use of your empty mixed herbs jar? Here's how:
-- Empty it out
-- Clean the jar
-- Paint the inside with glue
-- Add herbs to coat the inside
-- Throw away the extra herbs
-- Put your stash in a bag and put it inside
-- Seal the jar
-- Place it as usual in the spice rack
2. A Tennis Ball If you're at the gym, no one will think to steal your tennis ball out y…

Avoiding Common Hazards on Halloween

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Thanks to all the stories of Halloween sweets secretly filled with needles and sprinkled with poison, children have to wait until they're home to try their candy. The fact is, there is no proof that these incidents have ever happened.

I mean, i'm sure people have better things to do on Halloween then spend hours carefully sticking needles inside chocolate bars!


Checking your kids treats is still very important, but there are many other hazards you need to avoid on Halloween...
1. Yield to Cars On Halloween night kids are so much more likely to get hit by a car! Its obvious why, children are excited, running through the streets with plenty of sugar in them and many don't know the rules of the road - this is why you need to teach them!

Always make sure your children know that a vehicle cant always see them and they need to look both ways first before crossing.
2. Be Seen Reflective tape is essential as it adds some cool colour to your child's costume and it ensures they w…

7 DIY Ways to Protect Your Car From Theft

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Just because your car isn't brand new with the latest gadgets doesn't mean it can't be safe. Although, there are a lot of downsides, especially since alarm systems are so expensive and a bit irritating! So, what other options do we have?

Lucky for those of us who have older cars, there are some innovative methods to protect your vehicle and the items inside...

1. The old baby monitor trick

It may seem a bit silly, but this may be the best idea ever! A baby monitor can be pretty high-tech, most come with night vision  and obviously audio. So, place it in your car to confuse a thieve and hear the window being smashed with ease.

2. The quick-release police
Removing your steering wheel may seem silly, like something they would do in a Fast & Furious movie. However a car can be pretty hard to steel and drive without a steering wheel.

3. Time to pull the plug Are you on a budget? Pull out the spark plug and no thieve will be able to start your vehicle! Its a simple, easy fix. B…

6 Scary Backyard Hazards and How to fix them

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You think of your backyard as a lovely safe, beautiful sanctuary... BUT there dangers that could potentially harm you and your loved ones.

Don't worry, we've identified 6 common backyard hazards and how to fix them so you can have fun and enjoy the sunshine!
1. Dangerous grill placement Is your grill or portable braai right next to the edge of your deck? You may want to move it. A charcoal fire next to a wooden deck rail or low-hanging tree branch is a leading cause of fires.

How to Fix it: Place your braai or grill at least three metres away from any objects that could be set on fire. 
2. Toxic plants Thousands of people each year are poisoned by plants. Most of the time these plants just cause a rash or an upset tummy, but some plants can be fatal!

How to Fix it: Do your homework before choosing backyard vegetation. Some of the most common plants involved in plant poisoning cases are: syringa berries, elephant ear plant leaves, oleander leaves, thorn apple seeds, cycad seeds, d…

7 Safety Questions to Ask Your Landlord before Moving In

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When you view a flat, apartment or house, sometimes you get so excited that you forget about all the important questions you need to ask your landlord.

Write up a list to make sure you remember to ask everything you need to know about your potential new home. Your landlord is more likely to try to accommodate your needs BEFORE you move in, so ask all the questions you need to.

Here are seven safety questions to ask your landlord before you move in:
1. Is everything working properly?
A landlord needs to check if everything is in working condition, especially the appliances, before you move in. Make a note to test the stove, fridge, taps and other appliances when you go for a viewing at a property.
2. Are the drapes, blinds, or curtains included?
Sometimes these things are included, and sometimes they aren't, so make sure to ask before hand. If they don't come with the residence, make sure to hand some up quickly, you don't want people looking in at your valuables.
3. Have the…

16 Must-Know Self-Defence Techniques

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When your life is on the line, there is barely any time to stop and think. It is vital that you equip yourself with the basic skills to defend yourself and use in a emergency situation.

Be aware though that many of these self-defence tips are violent. However, when you're faced with a life or death situation, it means doing anything to get away alive!

1. Run. If you have to choose between running or fighting - choose to run! Someone approaches you and your gut tells you "danger", run towards a crowded area or place of business.
2. Stomp on their knee. When you don't have the option to run, try raising your foot up high and stomping on your attackers knee really hard. The pain they'll be in will distract them from you completely. 
3. Do NOT go for the groin. In most movies, when a woman is attacked, her first response is to kick her attacker in the groin. The truth is, this will probably just make the attacker angry. 
4. Hit them in the nose. The nose is a sensitive …