Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Self-Defense and Foreign Travel: 5 General Reasons You Might Be Targeted.

Since many of our clients travel for leisure or work, questions naturally arise about safe travel.  Their concerns are well-founded as you can be targeted for various forms of assault.

 "Why," clients ask,  "would I be targeted for assault?"  

Many factors are at play but here are 5 general reasons.

  1. You are visiting a place that is unfamiliar to you.  Assailants prefer the naive - at home and abroad. 
  2. You might be targeted as a person of wealth.  Perhaps you are well dressed, wearing jewelry, engaging in expensive activities, staying at at an expensive hotel.  Obviously, there is nothing wrong with your behaviours but they do suggest you have something worth stealing.  
  3. Political motivations.  You are part of a government or corporate organization deemed to be undesirable.  
  4. Sadly, women can be targeted in any environment.    
  5. Random - wrong place, wrong time.   Sometimes there is no reason.  

As misguided as they are it is important to understand some of the factors that play into who assailants target.

Next week we will look at some steps you can take to be safer during your travels.

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto

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