keywords: security, self defense, krav maga, run, hide, tell.
We remember the intervention of the 3 young Americans in the Brussels-Paris Thalys train on August 21, 2015 who immediately stopped an assailant (potential terrorist). For us they are heroes. For them they have done nothing exceptional, nothing else that for which they are prepared and therefore had the right reflexes. These good reflexes have certainly saved dozens of lives.
Nobody wants to hear it but the drama can strike at any time, and except staying home (which is not what we consider here) the only way to be certain to have the right reflexes is to prepare and train, so that it becomes an automatism.
In case of physically close danger : the self defense reflex.
Faced with a risk of immediate physical aggression the answer is not improvised. Ideally you should know the basics of self defense that is increasingly practiced, especially by women wanting to feel more secure. These self defense disciplines are known to the security forces and, in principle, to security agents. They are being democratized today with the opening of centers in all cities.
In case of physically distant danger : the RHT reflex.
The danger can also be distant. If a potential aggressor/terrorist is distant, this triptych must be respected. It is well known by all security/protection specialists and they teach it:
R – Run : do not play dead, do not stay on the scene, do not stay in the axis of possible fire.
H – Hide : to take shelter from the aggressor, to be safe.
T – Tell : to call the law enforcement in order to make the specialists (law enforcement, police, gendarmerie) reinforce the security.
Everyone can participate in his/her own safety and in the safety of all.
No one is asked to be a hero and put his/her life in danger for (possibly) saving others. But respecting these basic rules must help to limit the risks to oneself and others.
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