There are times where women cannot avoid walking alone. Whether it is to or from the car while at work, or at the grocery store, or even at the mall, there are times when a woman walks alone and needs some safety tips just in case. Here are some tips that every woman should know for when she is in a situation where she has to walk alone.
It may feel like paranoia, but when there is someone walking behind you sometimes you may feel like they are following you. They may be on their way to their own car which happens to be near yours, or they may actually be following you, you do not know. If you feel like they may be following you, turn around and ask a question or make a statement. You could ask directions to another location, or ask them what time it is, or even talk about the weather. The point of this is you are getting a good look at their face, if they were planning on attacking you in any way they may change their mind now that you have gotten a good look at their face and would be able to pick them out in a line up.
If that does not seem to make the person want to leave you alone and they are more intent on coming after you make sure to put your hand up and yell, do not say, stop. If you have pepper spray, yell that at them too. Do not say it, yell it. You need to use your voice and body language to let the criminal know that you are going to put up a fight. Many criminals do not want to fight with someone; they want an easy target, if they know that you are going to put up a fight they are more likely to move on.
Always be aware of the vehicle parked next to yours. Is it empty? Is there someone in the vehicle? Sometimes criminals will wait on the passenger side of the vehicle trying to look as though they are waiting for someone to come back out to the car only to grab a woman when get tries to get into the car next to them. If you are suspicious of someone, simply get in on the passenger’s side. Always lock the doors as soon as you get in and shut the door.
You also need to pay attention to the type of vehicle that is parked next to yours. Is it a normal car with normal windows or is it a large van with no back windows? This is another sign that you should get in on the passenger’s side. There are criminals who own these large vans without windows and open the door and grab women when they are trying to get into their car. So remember when in doubt, get in on the passenger’s side, or go in and request a security guard walk you to your car and wait for you to get in, and always lock your doors immediately.
As a woman you should try to prepare for anything that you can. Knowing these things will help you to prepare to protect yourself should you have to. Remember to remain calm and strong. You may be viewed as weak, but you are strong and you can show it!