10 Tips To Stay Safe When Threatened With A Weapon

ProwlersIf you come face-to-face with someone threatening you with a gun, knife, or any other weapon, here are 10 tips that can help you get out safely.

Tip 1: Stay Calm, Breathe and Don’t Make Sudden Moves. Do not scream or say anything, as that can escalate the individual’s anxiety and cause them to panic with their weapon.

Tip 2: Make Eye Contact. Most criminals with weapons will try to dehumanize the victim to feel better themselves. Eye contact makes it personal and more morally difficult to harm you.

Tip 3: Figure Out the Assailant’s Goal. In the case of a mass shooter, their goal is to kill & notoriety, so a quick exit is worth some risk. If the assailant is a wronged lover, an estranged spouse or an angry opponent, listening and empathizing can pay off. People threatening with a weapon typically don’t want to use it. They want to be heard and understood.

Tip 4: Risk Your Possessions, Not Your Safety. If they want money or your possession, it is best to comply. Listen to their instructions carefully and let them know you are complying, move or act in a way that can’t be misinterpreted.

Tip 5: Communicate Your Actions. Let them know you intend to cooperate. Even when dealing with authority, explain yourself “Is it okay for me to open my wallet for my ID?” Take any action slowly.  Follow their directions if you can.

Tip 6: Do Not Challenge Anyone With A Weapon. You cannot out run a gun and trying to disarm without training can cost you your life. Remember to keep calm and stay out of the way. Your #1 job is to get out unharmed.

Tip 7: Light Conversation & Listening Humanizes You. If you can, engage them in a light conversation and if possible, direct it to a conversation about them, not you.  If they believe you are listening, they feel valued. You can buy time and be the audience. Don’t talk a lot—listen.

Tip 8: Avoid Personal & Divisive Topics. Avoid questions & conversation on topics like politics or religion or fairness—anything that causes conflict in the masses. In fact, it is best to just repeat their point of view (not agree or disagree but reflect their feelings). Example: ” It sounds like you have had a hard time”.

Tip 9: Note Anything Unique or Descriptive About Them.  Avoid staring but make mental notes on any information that will help authorities identify assailants once the crisis is over. A License plate, car or cell phone make & model, unique clothing, accents, names, height, hair, dialog, tattoos or marks.

Tip 10: Know Yourself & Your Limitations. If there’s an opportunity to get out to a safe location, take it. But only if you are pretty sure of success. If the assailant offers you an out—go, don’t hesitate. If you leave others behind, you can give authorities an advantage to save them.

There are no cookie cutter directions to help you if you are every caught in any situation. Use your instincts and look for opportunities. And consider adding a mobile security team to protect your business with prevention.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay, providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. Their experience has helped their staff diffuse many difficult security situations. They specialize in protecting their clients’ properties, while upholding the respect and dignity of their clients and their employees, as well as the public.  For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505 or by email. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: southbaysecurity.com.

 

 

Crowd Control Tips for Events

How can you be sure your next event is safe and under control? Southbay Security has some tips for you and of course we can help if you need security for your next event. The best experience for your company is a safe experience for your attendees; which means that keeping crowds in control creates a successful event and public relations.

  • Make sure your team knows what to do in the case of fire, fights, burglary or violence.
  • Have a rapid notification system. Arm your staff with the right phone numbers, text numbers, Twitter or Facebook message or police response team contact to get help ASAP. Use technology to get the word out for a safe exit.
  • Keep everyone calm. Any time there is a crowd they can get riled up based on politics, comments, and peer pressure. So train your staff to take a deep breath and calm the group down as much as possible.
  • Do an event briefing alerting your staff to the hour by hour agenda so they can be prepared & not surprised.
  • Do a follow-up and ask your team to improve your plan over time.
  • Before & during your event, ask your staff what they would do in the event of a shooter, fire, fight, or other actions that happen in a crowd. Educate them.
  • Have a team plan to get resources where they need to be in minutes.
  • Keep your team in touch with each other. Remember that when there are crowds, there is confusion and some criminals know how to work it. Make sure someone is assigned to your front desk or cash register and your inventory. By assigning responsibility to keep an eye on those at all times, distraction techniques will not work.
  • Shut down any aggressive behavior right away. It has a way of accelerating if you do not make your rules clear and provide physical support to enforce those rules if people choose to ignore your rules. Don’t hesitate to call in the authorities. Make sure they know about your event in advance.
  • Remember that the area outside your venue is also your concern. If your crowd expands to the sidewalks and the property of others, you can be held liable. Don’t let that happen, make sure you have security to monitor outside your venue.
  • Have adequate, trained staff during and after events. If your event ends at 5pm, do not abandon your employees or property until that crowd disburses. Don’t try to save an hour of security cost and end up paying for injured attendees, broken windows, or damaged property.

Crowd Security

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. They specialize in protecting their clients’ properties, while upholding the respect and dignity of their clients and their employees, as well as the public.  For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505 or by email. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: southbaysecurity.com.