Archive for March, 2012

The Suzy Lamplurgh Trust

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Any worried parent should check out this website. It is full of useful tips and information to give your child about keeping themselves safe whilst they’re out and about. Here below is an example of what the site offers; these are some simple ways to get ‘Street Safety’ messages across to young people.

P.L.A.N

This helpful acronym can help young children to think about personal safety and remember these important safety messages.

P – Prepare – before you go out think for a little bit about where you’re going and how you will get there and back. Tell someone where you’re going and who with before you leave.

L – Look confident – Walk tall and hold your head up. If you look confident, other people are less likely to trouble you. Pay attention to what’s going on around you so that you can see if there is any trouble about and what the best way is to avoid it.

A – Avoid danger – Keep to well lit streets and places where there are lots of people. Don’t take any shortcuts down alleyways or across fields.

N – Never think ‘I’m just being silly’ – If anyone ever does anything to make you feel unsafe, no matter who it is, walk away and tell an adult what has happened.

We can help build your child’s confidence and help them deal with a difficult situation by teaching them good self-defense moves. Visit www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805 for more information.

Shocking Statistics

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Young people can often be complacent about their risks. In order for young people to lead confident, safe lives, it is important that they are aware of the risks that they may face. Statistics can be an effective way of challenging young people’s preconceptions about crime and their specific risk of becoming a victim.

Statistics from the British Crime Survey 2005:

        10-15% of crimes involve violence against people.

        2/3 of crime towards us are committed by someone we know.

        Across all age ranges, men are twice as likely to be a victim of violent crime than females.

        23% of all violent crime victims are under 23.

        2% of all violent crime victims were over 65.

        In half of all street robberies, a mobile phone is taken.

        14-17 year olds are the most at risk of street crime.

Come and join us at Tring Martial Arts and learn how to defend yourself against any eventuality. Whether you are young or older, we have a class to suit you. Please visit our website, www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805 to find out more.

Safety Tips – FOR MEN

Monday, March 5th, 2012

FACT: Men are twice as likely than women to be a victim of a violent attack.

– Think about where you are going and how to get there. Plan your route to avoid deserted streets and dark parks or alleyways.

– Avoid wearing headphones or chatting on your mobile when walking down the street alone, as this will prevent you from hearing any danger warning signals.

– Carry a personal attack alarm. They are not just for women. Use it to shock and disorientate an attacker. This will gain vital seconds for you to get away.

– If you hear or see trouble ahead, then cut off or turn around before you get to it and head to the nearest safe place, such as a garage, police station or anywhere where there will be lots of people.

– Remember, alcohol severely affects your ability to make safe judgements. The majority of violent attacks on young men take place in or around licensed premises.

– Think about how much you drink and the type of places you go drinking.

– Plan your journey home before your first drink rather than after your tenth.

– If you are trapped in an aggressive situation, then try and stay calm and talk your way out of it. Physical self-defence should only be a last resort. It limits your options and commits you to a fight you could lose. It is not weak to walk away from violence.

– Avoid an aggressive stance: crossed arms, hands on hips or a raised arm is challenging and confrontational. Avoid looking down on anyone or touching someone unnecessarily.

– Avoid using unlit or isolated cash machines.

– Keep fit. Good posture, stamina, strength and tension control can all aid personal safety.

– Be aware how you come across when you’ve been drinking. Ask your mates. Sometimes people can inadvertently attract trouble by the way they behave when they are drunk.

– If you have a friend whose behaviour or attitude (drunk or sober) attracts trouble, pick a good time and have a word with them. Make it clear that you are not going to be dragged into violence because of their stupidity.

– If someone is becoming agitated or aggressive, don’t crowd them. Invading someone’s personal space will only make them more uptight and defensive and therefore more likely to become violent.

– If you see someone else being attacked, it is not always the best idea to rush over to help as this could escalate the problem and you too could end up being attacked. It may be better to stand back at a safe distance and call loudly for help and use your mobile to phone the police. Seeing what you are doing should stop the attacker, whilst leaving you safe.

– Report any incident as soon as possible. You may save someone else.

– Never assume it won’t happen to you. Nobody is invincible. Even though the risks are slight, they are there – so think about your personal safety and don’t become another victim.

 Come and try out one of our Krav Maga classes to help prepare you for any eventuality. Visit our website, www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805 for more information.

Tech No Chances – National Personal Safety Day 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012

National Personal Safety Day is coming up this year on the 8th of October. It is an annual event aimed at raising awareness of the simple, practical solutions that everyone can use to help avoid violence and aggression in today’s society. It’s all about helping people live safer, more confident lives. This year, NPSD is called ‘Tech No Chances’. Technology is a wonderful thing that few of us could see ourselves living without. When it comes to personal safety it can be of a great benefit: a teenager can text their parent to collect them when they are stranded; a pensioner can phone a friend if they have a problem and it makes staying in touch with our friends and family much easier. However, there can be risks associated with technology so this campaign will highlight some practical, common sense precautions people can use to ensure that their technology works for them, not against them. ‘Tech No Chances’ highlights dangers associated with wearing headphones, or using your mobile phone when it’s late or what information you submit online and how you can avoid putting yourself in the line of fire.

Here at Tring Martial Arts we offer the best compliment to this years National Personal Safety Day – krav maga. To find out how to join a class or to receive a prospectus, visit www.tringmartialarts.com or call us on 0845 0948805.