While some crime has declined due to lockdown, the Federal Bureau of Investigations background checks for gun purchases reached a fever pitch during March to the tune of a little over 3.5 million. That number of background checks is indicative of approximately two and a half million actual gun sales. Analysts say the increase in gun sales directly corresponds with COVID-19 due to shortages of essential supplies, and a believed infringement on people’s civil liberties.
The following five tips that help in deterring an assailant:
1. Always Be Vigilant Of Surroundings
A violent attack can happen anywhere at any time, day or night. Look up and scan the surroundings in no less than twenty-second intervals and walk in well-lit areas. Distractions like phones, finding keys, or listening to music through earbuds invite an attack.
2. Don’t Look Like Prey
Fumbling, nervousness, and looking weak makes an easy target for criminals. Also, never turn your back on a potential assailant. Have confidence and have a plan of attack when being approached by a potential assailant.