Women are typically viewed as weak and easy targets. This is one reason why some feel they can take advantage of women. The more safety tips women know the better the chance they have at not having something happen to them. Here are some safety tips that every women should know.
You should always be aware of your surroundings. If you are out shopping alone and you notice something or someone that looks suspicious in the store find an employee and let them know, they can have security deal with it so you do not have to. This also applies to the parking lot. If you are going to leave and you see something or someone that seems to be suspicious and you are uncomfortable walking to your car alone, you can go inside and request a security guard walk you to your car. Once they get you to your car safely if they feel that whatever made you uncomfortable needs dealt with, they will be right there to deal with it. You must always be aware of your surroundings; before you walk into a situation you must survey it.
Once you have surveyed the situation you should be aware of an escape route. If something were to happen, say you notice someone walking quickly toward you; you need to know the best way to get out of the situation. It could be going back to where you were, getting to your vehicle, getting to someone else, or a different store altogether. Finding your escape route is an important part of surveying the situation.
When you are out and about in your vehicle you should keep your doors locked at all times. Newer cars automatically lock the doors for you when you put it in drive, but older vehicles do not, so you have to do it yourself. You may wonder why you should have your doors locked when you are driving. You may not hear about carjackings much anymore but they do still happen. Women seem to be an easier target as these thieves feel they will not fight back as much. If you keep your doors locked they will not be able to simply open the door and get in or force you out, giving you the ability to drive away and call the police.
Ladies, do you have pepper spray? If not you should consider getting some. This is a good self defense tool. It does not do permanent damage to the person you use it on, but it will definitely stop them from trying to hurt you. You can find pepper spray almost anywhere, almost all sporting good stores have it and you can even get it online. It is not a bad idea to practice some with it so that if you do ever have to use it you are able to get someone in the eyes, you do not want to miss and have them take it from you. Keep in mind when practicing to aim a little high, at the forehead; this is because the spray will run down into their eyes, where if you go to low it will not be effective at all.
Ladies, do not be a victim. Know how to protect yourself and keep yourself out of bad situations. Know when you need to have someone with you and when you should avoid a situation all together. Being prepared can save you from having something awful happen to you. The more you know, the better prepared you can be. Share your knowledge with all the women in your life so you can all be safe.