Women’s Safety is a growing concern. This article focuses on the dangers that women face from male acquaintances and others that have some type of connection to you. We’ve put together 9 Women’s safety tips to help you reduce your chances of becoming a murder and rape statistic.
It does not matter if you are single or married; the sad fact is that you may be in danger and, frighteningly, your would be assailant likely has some connection to you.
It could be a coworker, the pool cleaner, the handyman you use or even the clerk at your favorite coffee house where you get your java fix every morning. It could even be your husband’s best friend or your best friend’s husband or boyfriend. It could the smallest connection such as the nice guy that says Hello to you every morning when you grab your newspaper at your favorite newsstand.
If you think about all the connections that you do have, it can make you extremely paranoid and really that is no way to live your life. There are, though, some steps that you can take to help ensure your safety.
Many people in general are creatures of habit. You wake up at the same time, check your mail at the same time, leave your house at the same time and take the same route each day and at the same time. This makes you an easy target for someone that might be obsessed with you and is watching you. Vary it up so that is more difficult for someone to pinpoint your moves.
Do you jog at the same time each morning? If you do, others know you do too and can be watching you. Try to buddy up and run with a friend or find a gym that has an adequate running area.
If your usual route takes you through a lonely, desolated area, try to find an alternate route. Avoid jogging on streets that are walled up on both sides. This is little area to escape someone that might be following you. You are better of jogging, biking or driving through well traveled routes.
Avoid being an easy target.
It seems like a given that most people have a cell phone however, in reality, not everyone does. And for some that do, at the times they need it most, the cell phone battery is dead.
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Cell phones can be real life saver because they are a deterrent but they must be charge. It is a worthwhile investment to either carry a battery back or a spare battery so that you ALWAYS have a charged cell on you.
Let’s say you are at your office and a male coworker who you have known for years asks you for a ride home because his car has broken down. If you feel comfortable giving him a ride, you can say yes and right in front of him call someone, a husband, boyfriend, parent or friend and let them know that John Smith a coworker of yours needs a ride home because his car has broken down.
Although not foolproof, this can help to ensure your safety because John Smith knows that other people know that he was with you.
If finances are tight, you could consider using a cell phone as your primary phone, or there are government assistance programs such as Safelink that can assist.
This may seem like an oxymoron, however you do need to have a support network so that someone knows if you are missing or in trouble. If you are married, the likely person seems to be your husband, however to really ensure your safety, you should enlist the assistance of a family member or trusted friend.
If your car breaks down, hopefully you are in an area with cell phone coverage. You should contact the authorities for assistance and contact your trusted family member or friend to let them know where you are and what happened. When the police officer arrives, immediately contact your trusted person again with the name of the officer or personnel that has been sent to assist you, right in front of them.
Be extra wary if your are shopping or are leaving work, your car won’t start and almost miraculously someone you know just happens to be present offering assistance. If possible steer him to a well populated area and immediately contact your trusted person. Even if it is your husband best friend or best friend’s boyfriend!
Do you really need to have a deliveryman drop off pizza’s or Chinese food?
If possible, pick it up yourself. You open yourself up unnecessarily if you use deliverymen.
If you are not willing to forgo this luxury, don’t let the delivery person into your home. It is all too easy for someone to easily case your home and determine if you live alone or have valuables.
This includes friends and others. Times have changed and there is no reason to let people into your home unexpected. If you are married, there is no reason for your husbands best friend, or even his married brother, to just stop by when you are alone. Don’t let them in unless it is prearranged and others know that someone will be in your home.
If , for example, you had a delivery of furniture a week ago and the deliveryman shows up at your door telling you he forgot to give you some set-up equipment, do not let him in. Direct him to leave it outside your door and contact the furniture company to check if they did dispatch someone. If they did not, ask for the person’s name and report it to authorities immediately.
Invest in a P.O. Box and use this when filling out forms.
Also, even in general conversation avoid giving out too much information. A women I once knew, felt uncomfortable with a guy at work. She couldn’t describe it but he gave her the creeps. One day a bunch of coworkers, including the guy mentioned above, were talking about fast food at lunch and she mentioned a fast food place, one of the less common ones.
The conversation steered to some general topics and she inadvertently mentioned what part of town she lived at but not her address.
A few weeks later, this guy was just standing on the same street where she lives and she was completely freaked out. She reported it to her work Supervisors and they did talk to this guy and it stopped. She was lucky!
Does the dry cleaner guy just give your the creeps? Are you simply uncomfortable being around your boyfriends high school buddy? Does the guy at the supermarket leer at you and make you cringe?
Trust your instincts and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Do your best to avoid these people. Why place yourself unnecessarily in harms way.