abroad without the knowledge of
protection is like going to sea without a
the most important factors in keeping safe while traveling anywhere
in the world is situational awareness. But be aware situational
awareness will be completely different when walking the beaches of southern
Australia to walking around the Bronx or Brooklyn New York.
The beaches in south Australia are far safer than the Bronx, but on
the other hand the Bronx will seem like a walk in the park compared
to certain locations in South America or Africa. Its all relative.
this page you will find useful tips and links to other websites to
help you stay safe. Its worth remembering your wallet, camera and valuables
are not worth dying for, should you be forced to give them up.
remember 9 times out of 10 when you are selected by a predator for
being robbed that's all he or she will want and will quickly disappear
once they have got what they want.
we have the other type of predator, the one who wants to sexually
attack you, hurt you, kidnap you and maybe kill you to avoid any
chance of you being a witness to their crimes against you. (This is
where my training and back packer course comes in to play)
have spent the last 30 years studying conflict management
and working with different organizations to understand how
predators select their victims.
Here are some tips that can help keep you safer.
1. Be Aware!!!
Constant awareness of your environment is your best defense. Always be alert, whether you are in your car, on the street, or
Have a plan of action
2. Play a mental "what if" game. Where would you go and what would you do should a dangerous situation occur?
3. Trust your instincts
Research shows that most assault victims had a feeling something was wrong just before they were attacked.
4. Take notice be aware if you are suddenly getting beautiful people
paying unwanted attention to you.
5. Keep your senses free. Don't wear radio headphones, large hats, or other devices that make it difficult for you to sense an attacker. Be alert at all times.
6. If you can afford a tracker GPS phone get one. (Keep extra batteries
and charger units if you are planning any type of outback).
7. Try and blend in, human predators are no different to predators
in the animal kingdom, they will target group outsiders, people who
look lost and are not in their normal environments
Always have a plan an exit route out of your accommodation in an emergency,
and when planning a walk through unknown territory, urban or bush
always look at places you can get help before you leave.
Full First Aid kit and plenty of water especially when traveling in
The most important thing when it
comes to physical violence is do all that you can to avoid it. But when
someone threatens your very existence you must be prepared to strike
back with an attitude that dictates the outcome of the fight in your