Women who are alone are more likely to be targeted by a criminal than anyone else. They typically appear more vulnerable than men, or even a woman who is with another woman. There are things that a woman can do to help protect herself when alone.
It is a good idea to go out and get a small bottle of pepper spray that can be attached to your key chain. Having pepper spray attached to your key chain means that you will have it out and ready as you are walking to your vehicle. If a criminal does come up to you as you are walking to your car, you will be prepared.
If you do not know self defense techniques or you have read about them and would like to practice them, sign up for a self defense class. These classes not only show you how to defend yourself but they will allow you to practice them as well. You will get the chance to practice these moves in a safe controlled environment so that if you should ever need to use them you will be prepared.
Most of us have cell phones these days. If you do not have one, you should seriously consider getting one. There are phones that you can get for a reasonable cost and that do not even have monthly plans. You do not have to spend a lot to have a phone, especially if you only have it for emergencies. Keep your phone out when walking alone, if you feel uncomfortable call someone. Sometimes all it takes to feel better is someone on the other end of the line. If a criminal sees you on the phone they will be less likely to approach you as they will be heard on the phone and that person could hang up and call the police right away.
If you are going to be going somewhere you are not familiar with or going to meet with someone you do not know very well you should let someone know. Even if you are going on a date with someone you should let someone know where you will be and when you should be home. This way, if you do not show up when expected and that person tries to call you and cannot get a hold of you, they know to contact the police. Many people think that if they are just going on a date it is not a big deal even if they have never met the individual in person, only online. The truth is you do not know what that person is going to be like until you get to know them, do not risk it, stay safe.
Women are considered the weaker sex and therefore are targeted by criminals. This is never more true than when they are alone. There are ways that you as a woman can protect yourself. Do not wait until you have been made a victim. Take action today to protect yourself.