Whether you're a normal person or someone as famous (and influential) as Kim Kardashian, you're not immune from being victimized by thieves. In Kim’s case, she was unfortunate to be robbed and held at gunpoint at the apartment she was staying in in Paris. The incident was so serious, her husband Kanye West abruptly ended his Queens, New York concert upon learning of the danger Kim was in.
While Mrs. Kardashian-West is back in New York and investigations are ongoing (and please, stop making jokes about the incident), we rounded up tips you should keep in mind to make sure you are safe wherever you go:
1. Be mindful of what you flaunt on social media. As pointed out by security specialist Steve Sanulis in an interview with Dailymail.com, the robbery may have been an inside job because Kim is known to flaunt her riches on social media, particularly Snapchat. “I saw this happening. It just had to with the way Kim flaunts her riches and her diamonds,” he said.
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2. Take up self-defense classes. The fact that the robbery occurred in an affluent neighborhood in Paris just goes to show that we can never be entirely sure of a place's safety. In times like this, it pays to learn a few of these basic self-defense moves. We totally salute Gigi Hadid's moves when she was attacked by a prankster, where she used her “muscle memory” (a result of playing volleyball and engaging in boxing) to defend herself. "Practicing self-defense is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up," Gigi explains. Having knowledge in self-defense also has health benefits, which includes better reflexes and toned muscles.
3. Keep strangers at a distance. When celebrities go out, they are heavily guarded by their bodyguards, and for good reason: you never know when a stranger will harass you, like that incident with Gigi a few weeks ago. That being said, maintaining distance and being vigilant are important to lessen the chances of you being harassed or attacked. Always remember: You can forget being polite to strangers, as said by women's safety expert and veteran law enforcement officer Steve Kardian on Woman’s Day. "Make your motto, 'My safety first, your feelings last,'" Kardian adds.
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