Safety 101: Tips on Avoiding Violent Crime

in category of Health & Fitness

It seems like every day there’s a new report about a kidnapping, murder, or some other gruesome and cruel act. A lot of the time, these things happen to women, and a lot of it is due to our lack of understanding of personal safety. But obviously, it's really important to know that stuff! Women are really awesome, and deserve to be treated as such. When that doesn't happen, we need to have personal safety and defense mechanisms to help us out of bad situations. Here is a list of ways to help keep yourself safe and sound, and what to do if you find yourself in danger.

1. Don't jog alone in the early morning or at night. This makes you an easy victim for abduction.

2. Carry only enough cash to get you through the day. Carrying around a lot of cash makes you a target for pickpockets and thieves. It also creates more opportunity for loss if your wallet is stolen, so keep only what you need and no more.

3. If you do have cash on you, don't flash it around. When you're buying things, always keep your money well-hidden in your purse; someone standing behind you in line could be a thief and get really interested when he sees a wad of cash in your hand.

4. Always check for the "https" when you're purchasing things online, or setting up an account for a site, or doing anything that involves sensitive material. Look at the URL. Make sure you haven't been redirected from the original site, and that "https" shows at the front of it; that means you're protected from scammers.

5. If you think you're being followed, switch directions on the street. If the car follows you and you think you're in danger, don't stop or pull over. Get to a safe area with lots of people and ask for help.

6. If an unmarked car is flashing lights at you so you'll pull over, look for a good spot to do so. Make sure it's well-lit, like an open gas station, and that there are lots of people around. DO NOT be alone with someone who may be impersonating a cop! If you don't see a place to pull over, dial 911 and have them tell the police over the scanner that you'll pull over as soon as it’s safe. If they don't receive a response, then they'll know the person is fake, and so will you.

7. If a stranger asks you for directions while in a car (or while you are in the car), answer them quickly at more than arm's length. Make sure you're friendly, yes, but give the person directions quickly and try to keep your distance, so you'll have time to react to any sudden movements.

8. Always report a crime. Don't let it go unpunished! You don't want the same thing to happen to anybody else.

9. Never park on the dark side of the parking lot. Park close to the door and in well-it areas.

10. You can always get a gun permit, and carry a gun, or research the knife-carrying laws in your area and have one of those as well.

If you take note of these practices, you're sure to stay safe and sound when you're by yourself. Just remember, never be afraid to defend yourself, but try to leave a bad situation before anything goes terribly wrong. Take care of yourself and do your best to stay safe at all times. 

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