Ideally, we would all live in a world where anyone could walk down an empty street alone at night without worry. Unfortunately, there are dangers out there for both men and women. So always be aware of your surroundings and stay alert.
What else can help? Carrying one or more personal safety devices and following some reliable strategies for when you—or a loved one—is out and about. While it's important to remember that everyone has the potential to become a victim, it's also vital to know how to respond if you are attacked.
Here are a few simple tips:
* Be familiar with your surroundings. You don't have to live in an urban jungle, but you should be familiar with the layout of your neighborhood. This will help you if you are walking alone late at night. It will help you if you are being followed by a potential attacker. If you live in a city, find out where the police station is and what the phone number is for the nearest hospital.
In the absence of help, being prepared can make all the difference. Here are a few tips for keeping you and your valuables safe. Use your head first Start by assessing the situation. If there's no one around, chances are that there's also nobody who can help you.
There may be a phone somewhere nearby, but you don't know how to use it. Don't leave things to chance; prepare yourself first. Consider: what do you need? How much money do you have? What is your route going to take?
Would-be attackers are looking for easy targets at night. Someone walking slowly along with their head down or distractedly looking at a cell phone is an easy target.
Most of us have been told not to be afraid, but that advice doesn't really help when it's time to run and hide. What can we do? We need to learn how to defend ourselves in a fight—even if we're on the ground.
We should also learn how to react when a crime takes place and understand what to do when we see a crime being committed. We can't just "watch out for suspicious people" or wait for a crime to happen before we do anything about it. That's not very helpful.