Torches are most often something that is kept in the Kitchen Draw and dug out when there is a black out or for the annual family camping trip. Even in a black out most of us are stumbling trying to remember where our torch is.
Here at RTS we are firm believers everyone should carry a Flash Light and be equipped to operate it as a tactical tool in a self defence situation. Not to mention being a handy help in a number of less threatening or critical situations such as changing a tyre, locating dropped items
Here is a few ways a simple cost effective torch can be used:
Identifying Potential Threats – Would be attackers, robbers and other criminals like to use the element of surprise and most often use the cover of darkness to his or her advantage. A bright light can be used to effectively illuminate the area, identifying potential threats and often just shining a torch on a would be offender is enough to scare them away.
Startling would be perpetrators – A bobbing flashlight identifies a security guard or law enforcing officer the world over. Merely seeing a flashlight darting around through a vacant carpark, construction site, unoccupied warehouse etc has the potential for the lurking villain to make an assumption of a Security Guard or Police Officer being present.
Disorientate and Disable assailants – Shining the Torch in the perpetrators eyes will temporary blind and confuse them providing you with a few seconds to gain some distance and run providing a distinct advantage.
Improvised Weapon – A good tactical Torch depending on the brand, make and construction can be used as a improvised weapon to strike the assaulter and defend yourself adequality, as a last resort. The sole purpose of a Flash Light is not to be used as a self defence weapon and should not be carried with the intention to do so.
Signal for Help – A bright LED Flashlight will draw attention from members of the public, police, security guards and any passers-by. Enabling to signal for assistant and potentially scaring off a would be mugger.
Choosing a good Tactical Torch really is a matter of personal preference. Here at RTS we like the old school Six (6) and Three (3) D Cell Maglite’s with the new LEDs for Duty Torches and Cant go past the newer Maglite Two (2) C Cells and The LED Lenser P5 and P7 for our more compact EDCs.
When choosing a suitable torch the following should be considered:
Lumens Output – At least 100 lumens should be considered. This will cause a blinding effect due to momentary retina burn when shined in the eyes and also provide sufficient visibility to illuminate most areas.
Bulb Type – LED Bulbs are significantly brighter and last longer than the standard incandescent bulbs. Whilst also causing less battery drain.
Size – A small flash light that is palm sized is easy and convenient to carry whilst a larger Torch is better suited to situations that are likely to require longer and heavier usage.
Construction – It is likely that the torch will be dropped and choosing a rugged housing will ensure that it stays lite even after being man handled, We recommend that the Torch is Mil-Spec and constructed from a Type 3 hardened aluminium or similar. Consideration should also be made for Waterproofing and most established brands come with an O Ring Gasket at both ends providing sufficient protection from water.
Price – Price is always a consideration with any purchase however we recommend you stay away from the cheap knockoffs
Brands – Stick with an established and know brand. Most come with a Warranty and parts will be readily available in the event that spare are needed which will be inevitable over the life of the Torch.
You may also take into consideration: Run Time, Battery Type, Weight, Beam Distance, Impact Resistance, Beam Type. Modes, Shape, Colour, Accessories and a many more factors when making a decision to purchase a Tactical Flash Light.
Some assaults, robberies and other offences can not be prevented however there are a number of precautions and simple things you can do to significantly reduce being targeted and protect yourself and your belongings. These include:
Inform others of your Location and Schedule
Alter your schedule
Vary your route
Plan your trip
Always have your phone handy / ready
Minimise interactors with strangers
Walk with Purpose and confidence
Avoid looking like a tourist
Avoid certain areas / known trouble spots
Walk close to the curb and avoid Bushes, Doorways and alleys at night
Always look around
Be aware of your surroundings
Cross the street
Stay with the crowd and don’t wander away
Travel in groups
Keep your belongings secure
Don’t carry large sums of cash
Avoid withdrawing money from ATMs
Catch Public Transport rather than walk
Stay in well lit and populated areas
Lock your car as soon as you get in
Don’t drink too much
Don’t leave your drink unattended
Watch your drink being poured
If you feel you are in danger get out of there
Prepare to use every day items as impromptu weapons
Learn Self Defence
Own a Dog
Have and use a Home Alarm System
Have Cameras installed
Lock your doors and windows at home
Before answering the door know whom you are opening it to
Ask for ID from Tradesmen and others entering your house
Don’t wear earphones when jogging
Avoid Texting or looking at your phone when walking alone
Meet in a public place for first dates
Go on group dates
Don’t give out your personal information to strangers
Be careful of what you post online
Park as close as possible to the Store, Building, CarPark Entry, Main Road, etc. and if possible under Cameras
If possible walk with others be it a security escort, a friend or wait for a co worker to leave to their car at the same time
Assess the Area and Environment prior to entering the Carpark. Looking for anyone lurking around or anything else you believe if suspicious
Carrying a small Torch will provide you with better vision
Walk with Good Posture, being confident and remaining Alert will keep you from looking weak or like an easy target to a would be predator
Continue to scan 360 degrees at all times remaining vigilant and aware
Listen to your Gut and trust your intuition if something does not feel safe then it probably is not. If you are unsure get out of there and return to the Building, store, etc.
Have your keys or FOBs ready to open the door, rather than rummaging through your bag / purse
Whilst getting closer to your Vehicle continue glancing and checking for any potential threat
Before you enter the car scan and check the back seat through the window
Immediately enter the Car as quick as possible
Lock your door as soon as you enter the car and start the car
Turn the Headlights on and continually glance through the Rear-view mirror as you are leaving