Regardless if you are single or not, it’s always good to practice “street smarts”. We’ve all learned not to talk to strangers, but what about if you are alone? You may be living alone or you may be a mom of 5 kids who finds herself out and about alone on a daily basis. In today’s thinks, I’ll be sharing with you some tips that you may find helpful in both situations.
All of these are tips that I have practiced when I was single or when Seth was deployed. Be sure to share this with your girl friends or with your significant other.
Carry a weapon
Try to select something that does not need to be in physical contact range. You will want something that can reach at least 3-6ft in order for you to get away and call for help. I personally have a bottle of mace that looks like makeup. It’s very discreet but is there for safety purposes should I need it. You can always carry a taser or a licensed concealed carry firearm if this is something you can legally own. If you have none of the above, wasp spray works great too.
Don’t be distracted
The easiest targets for attackers are those that are distracted by their phones or listening to music. If you are walking to work, class, or know you will be walking in a more secluded area, keep your phone in your hand (incase you need to call 911). Watch where you’re going. It only takes a small distraction to make you an easy target. Which leads me to my next point.
Grab your keys
You’ve probably been told to use your keys as a weapon if you need to. However, this is not the reason I am including this point. If you are walking to your car at night, fumbling through your purse is not going to allow you to be aware of your surroundings. If you are out shopping or leaving a night out with your friends, have your keys in hand before you leave the store or congregated area. If you feel that you are not in a safe place, this will allow you to get in your car and lock it immediately after stepping into your vehicle.
Park near a camera or a light
This next tip is great when you are at a gas station or a bank. It can also help with some of the annoying cat calls you may get. Parking near the entrance where there is more traffic can also help too. I’ve found that I am more likely to get approached if I am parked away from other people.
Lookout for each other
One of the best safety tips is to look out for your friends. While there may be no need to be in arms distance from each other at all times, it’s good to check if your friend got home safe. If your going home from a night out with your girlfriends, make it a point to text each other when you get home. If you are leaving a concert, drive your friend to their car. There is definitely more strength in numbers.
Thanks for reading this week’s “thinks”! I hope you found it to be helpful. Please share this with your loved ones and stay safe!
See you next week!