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HiPerformance Security will be putting on a Zoom online workshop: STAYING SAFE IN A LESS THAN SAFE WORLD on Saturday April 3 From 2:00 – 4:00 PM We are increasingly living in a world where people often feel unsafe and afraid even in there own towns. We will be putting on an online workshop to help deal with these concerns and give you some basic skills to stay safer.

This workshop will cover:

1) Understanding crime in Washington. 2) Learning Situation Awareness 3) Avoiding Becoming A Victim 4) Basic Conflict De-Escalation Techniques 5) Responding to Physical Attacks

The first step in being safer is “Situational Awareness”. Situational Awareness allows rapid, decisive action in dangerous situations regardless of whether our conscious is aware of them. To put it simply, it can be defined as “paying attention to your surroundings”. in situational awareness, when your subconscious or “gut” makes a strong recommendation on what to do, you should always give it serious consideration. If you feel unsafe walking down a street or getting into an elevator with a stranger late at night then listen to your instinct and change your actions. Predator’s are always looking for potential victims. They often reads peoples body language as well as verbal & non-verbal behaviors. So the goal is to make yourself unattractive to these predators because they are looking for victims, not challenges. One of the best ways to deal with potential threats is using conflict de-escalation. Conflict de-escalation is intended to prevent escalation of conflicts and differences into potential violence. This can be done in several ways:

Building rapport with a potential threat is one of the most important ways of avoiding escalation of tense situations and reducing the likelihood of violence. One of the most effective ways of building rapport is merely by listening to the other person. Listening is a powerful tool. When other people think that you have not listened to their concerns, they will often see you as a threat. Merely repeating back what person said can reduce tensions in a situation: “So what I hear you saying is that you believe…….. Controlling your voice tone and body language is another powerful de-escalation tool. A significant portion of the message people receive from you in face-to-face situations is conveyed through your body language and your voice tone. If you look threatening, you are threatening. If you want to de-escalate a conflict, remember to control your voice tone and body-language. If you ever need to change something you said to avoid a misunderstanding, you can use “reframing. Reframing allows you to restate (or even completely change) what you had previously said: “Let me reframe what I just said….

Finally, if a physical attack is unavoidable, you should focus on surviving the attack and escaping as soon as possible. Staying safe during an attack is not about “winning” a fight but protecting yourself and removing yourself from danger so that you can report this crime to the police. For more information on keeping yourself safer, please attend our Workshop.

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