Women are often targets of violence because they are considered to be weaker by many criminals. It is for this reason that women need to know how to take precaution when they are out and about. Here are some personal safety tips that all women should not only know, but use on a regular basis.
When you are out, even if it is just walking from your car to a building you must show that you have confidence. Most criminals will pick those who seem to be the weakest and that look as though they will not put up much of a fight. If you show lots of confidence it will show the criminal that you very well might be willing to put up a fight.
Always make sure that you are around of your surroundings. Take mental notes of what vehicles are where and the people that are around. Staying aware of your surroundings could help you should someone try and attack you. You will have noticed where you could run to for help, or you would know if you yelled if someone would be within earshot.
Your purse is very valuable to a criminal; make sure you keep hold of it. If you are not paying attention a criminal could come up behind you and rip it right off of your shoulder. You have a lot of information in your purse not to mention your money and credit cards. Keep it close and make sure that it is always zipped up or strapped shut so no one can reach in while you are not looking.
Trust your instincts. If a situation does not feel right, then there could be something wrong. If you do not feel comfortable enough to enter a situation then do not do it. There is no reason you should risk your personal safety if you do not absolutely have to. Find another way into the building, or another way to where you are going, or find someone who can walk with you through the situation, to help keep you safe, such as a male friend.
It is always a good idea to take a self-defense course. This will teach you the basic of how to defend yourself should a criminal decide to attack you. This could help save you from really getting hurt. It is not like you are out looking for a fight, but if you ever encounter a situation where you could use self-defense techniques you will be glad you took a course on it.
There are many women who get attacked by criminals all the time all throughout the United States. You do not want to be a statistic, you want to be safe. Being safe means taking an active role in learning how to defend yourself. Do not risk your personal safety for anything, nothing is worth that.