It is impossible to turn on the news these days and not hear appalling news of women being subject to brutal crimes. While activists and protesters time and again blame the lax policies of the government, the fact remains that the safety of a woman still largely remains her responsibility. So, are you prepared to face whatever comes your way? Do you know how exactly to respond to unexpected situations and come out safe and alive?
With perverts and criminals on the large looking out for potential targets, here are 7 Women Safety Tips to stay safe and make sure you do not turn into another statistic among victims.
1) Be alert and aware – always!
Whether you are alone at home or out on the streets running errands, always be aware of your surroundings.
- Pay attention to the people around you when you are alone somewhere outside.
- Watch for anything out of the ordinary happening around you.
- If you are in an enclosed space such as a shop or a room, make sure you know the exits.
- Inform a dear one about the vehicle number of the taxi you are traveling in.
- Never accept drinks from strangers – it may be laced.
Remember, the more aware you are about your surroundings, the lesser are the chances of someone taking you by surprise.
2) Get off the phone, but keep it handy
When you are engrossed in your phone, it is hard to stay aware of what is going on around you.
- Always remember – your safety is more important than calls, likes, comments or chats messages.
- Return calls or replies to chats once you are in your car and have locked your doors. Better still, it can wait until you reach home.
- Staying off the phone will also help you focus on the traffic and eliminate chances of getting hit.
- If you are outdoors, always keep your phone ready in case you need to call for help.
- Preset emergency numbers on the phone so that you just need a touch to reach out for help.
Remember, wherever you go, always inform someone about the location and when you will be back.
3) Do not leave your belongings unattended
While you are out shopping or having a meal, it is easy to get engrossed in the ambiance or conversation and shift your focus to more interesting things, while someone may make off with your purse or bag. The dangers?
- If you are in an unfamiliar place, you can be at the mercy of others to get back home.
- Your credit cards can be misused.
- If you left your phone in the bag and cannot remember contact numbers, it can be impossible to call for help.
- If the bag had your identity cards, it means some stranger now knows your exact address.
Remember, always keep your phone in your hand and never let your bag out of your sight even for a few seconds.
4) Speak up, be assertive!
Never be afraid to speak up if someone or something makes you uncomfortable.
- If someone approaches you in a suspicious manner in a deserted parking lot, raise your voice for help. Better still, always try to find a parking space near the main doors.
- In case someone is eve teasing you, speak up loudly and confidently to catch the attention of people in the vicinity. Stand tall, appear dominant and do not hesitate to make a scene.
- Never ever be embarrassed about how people may judge you if you raise your voice. It is better to be judged rather than risk being harmed.
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5) Learn some self-defense moves
Local police forces and martial art schools offer self-defense classes for women. Consider joining these classes and learning some basic moves.
- These classes will show you the soft spots to go for in case you have to physically restrain a person from harming you.
- Learn moves that will help paralyze an attacker while you get a window of opportunity to flee.
- Learn how to use a pepper spray and always keep in an easily accessible spot in your bag.
- Always carry a flashlight in your bag. It can also double as a weapon if the situation demands it.
Remember – hit, punch, scratch, bite – do whatever it takes to hurt an attacker and protect yourself.
6) Do not update your every move on online sources
It is almost customary these days to post your location status on Facebook when you arrive somewhere or check in for a movie. Refrain from the practice as much as possible. Or at least follow these tips:
- Instead of updating your status as you arrive somewhere, do it when you leave.
- Avoid updating your vacation details on Instagram or Facebook – especially if it is a public account.
- Always keep your current location details as vague as possible.
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7) And the most important tip – always trust your instincts. Always!
Your sixth sense is not a joke. Neither is it a sign of feeling paranoid.
- If you feel something wrong about a situation or person, get away from the place immediately and seek help.
- Do not walk through deserted streets – even if someone tells you it is a shortcut.
- If you suddenly feel panicky and uncomfortable, trust the gut feeling and flee from the place.
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