No one wants to be attacked or mugged and women can be particularly vulnerable targets. Using common sense and instinct can be enough to avoid most danger but should an uncomfortable or frightening situation arise it’s wise to be prepared.
Stick to basic rules like be aware of your environment, avoid being alone in secluded areas, keep your cars doors locked and always have your keys ready, stay with the crowd, never hitch hike or accept a ride from someone you don’t know, always park in well lit areas, don’t be an easy target – have a confident walk, the last thing your attacker wants is to attract unnecessary attention so be prepared to run and scream.
There are plenty of websites that offer sound advice designed to help keep women safe and many towns offer free programs such as R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense). There is also the option of physical protection martial arts classes including karate, tae kwon do and judo that can teach self defense while building confidence.
Finally, in this high tech world there are numerous gadgets a woman can carry to assure her safety. There are tasers and stun guns the size of an iPOD that can be carried in a purse or pocket, key chain alarms with built-in flashlight, and hot pepper spray hidden in what appears to be an ordinary lipstick tube, pen, or even a cocktail ring.
These websites can help you find safety tips and personal protection devices. Don’t be a victim.