When walking down the street, always be aware of who is passing you, and who is behind you, even in broad daylight with crowds around you. Especially when the pavement is crowded. Keep an eye on the traffic.
Carrying a weapon is prohibited by law and the police attitude is, it is far better to be killed, or raped, than having to go to prison because you killed your attacker. If you agree, don’t carry a weapon.
If someone intends to kill or rape you, then you need to consider what you are wearing. Killers hate toffs, and if a rapist thinks you think you are God Almighty, he will hone in on you. Slouch and wear dull outer chothes.
High Heels and leather soles give out a clickety clack sound and the eye immediately hones in on the wearer. I’m from Africa and am a hunter by nature (shops were 200 miles down the road and if you didn’t hunt you’d get pretty hungry). As soon as I hear the clickety-clack of loud shoes, my eye’s automatically swivel towards the sound, and I’m no killer or rapist. Wear trainers and keep your high heels or smart leather sole shoes in your bag until you get to your destination.
Another thing, always walk facing the traffic, if you walk in the direction of the traffic, you are at risk if a car pulls up next to you.
Andrew Kain gives good advice to people in his SAS Handbook.
If there’s a wall, walking close to it will reduce the chances of an attack from that side, because the wall protects you, and you’re narrowing the angles of attack.
As you approach a corner, alley or driveway, however, veer out away from the wall to give yourself that essential arms-length distance on anyone hiding around the corner.
Carry an aid to maintaining your arms-length space, such as an umbrella.
If you have a handbag on a long strap, wear it on the side closest to the wall and wear the strap across your chest, rather than over one shoulder. When crossing the road, clasp the bag in your hand, restricting the opportunity of a thief.
If you’re in crowds, whether it’s in subways during the rush hour, the supermarket on Saturday morning or at a football match, it’s particularly important that your valuables are tucked away and not obvious.I bought the SAS Handbook for £22.00 way back, Andrew Kain signed the book in October 1996 so I must have had it before then. It was in a slightly larger than A5 loose-leaf format. Andrew, and two of his pals in his executive protection company, had 44 years in the SAS between them.
The book covers home security, street security, car security, and travelling abroad security and much more. Amazon sell the paperback for £6.99 and the Kindle version for £4.79. I can’t stress how useful this book is whether you are living at home, travelling locally or abroad. It is my bible.
First of all, make it visible. You may be very fond of your neighbours, but your object here for the thief is for him to feel it’s too much trouble – and move off along the road.
When we first moved in, I had Banhams replace the front door with a strong specially made door, with two Banham security locks – one latch and one mortice. The same with the back door. I so had window locks, and the lights – at the top of the windows – were fitted with an unobtusive bar so we can leave those little windows open in the summer without fear the burglar can lift a small child through.
Then I had another professional company come in, more recently, to install a burglar alarm and motion detectors in all the room, and security cameras.
By spending a little more I have insured that these precautions are invisible to friends and relations who visit me, but to a trained (thief’s) eye, these all spell trouble for him.
This is what Living in London is all about. I have taken further precautions but I would prefer to keep these to myself.