women’s safety tips- Here are some safety tips for women, which can be used to protect them and women’s can also protect themselves.
1. Always, always be aware of your surroundings
The first rule of thumb to follow is to always be aware of your surroundings. Know exactly where you are. In case of any untoward incident, you’ll be a witness with information for the law enforcement.
2. Limit your distractions
You have to choose not to be engrossed in say your phone when in a deserted parking lot. It won’t allow you to really notice if there’s anything fishy at all lurking in the shadows.
4. Make eye contact
Letting people know that you see them and could identify them if need be is a great policy.
5. Walk with purpose
You must at all times stand tall and keep your posture so that it represents authority. A lady who looks like a victim shall obviously be vulnerable to an attack/s. So, pull your shoulders back, keep your back straight and your stomach in.
6. If you see something suspicious, report it
Never bother about overreacting or being overcautious. If you feel the slightest of apprehensions, make a call to the authorities. Better safe than sorry!
7. If you have to defend yourself, aim for body parts on your attacker that are tender and cannot be strengthened
If you’re attacked; defend yourself. Forget the attackers size and hit him where it hurts most. These areas are the eyes, nose, throat, groin and shin. Hit him in one of these spots and he’s going to feel some pain.
8. Set boundaries and enforce them
Never allow anyone inside your personal space. If someone invades your personal space, tell them and ask them to move back.
9. If someone tries to force you to a different location, do not go
Research has shown that if someone intends to move you, they also intend for you to not make it out alive. Never get inside anyone’s car if you aren’t sure as to where you’re going.
10. Don’t open your house door without knowing who is on the other side
If a stranger at your door claims to be a plumber when you haven’t asked; call their company before you’ll ever open the door.
11. Don’t leave things lying around the yard that someone could use to access your home
If you’re working on repainting the exterior of your house, take the ladder in at night. Yes, it may be a bit troublesome but it’ll save you from getting into a lot of trouble.
12. Keep the bushes around your house trimmed so that someone doesn’t have a place to hide
Plant bushes beneath your windows, make them real thorny ones. Make your home unfriendly to anyone who wants to access it without your permission. The message ought to be clear.
13. If you have a garage door opener in your car, keep it out of sight when you park in the driveway
Gaining unauthorized entry into your house through the garage door opening mechanism in your car should be impossible. Never allow the mechanism to be seen inside your car when the car is in the driveway.
14. Use wooden dowels in your sliding doors and windows
Using wooden dowels will ensure that no one shall be able to just slide open a window or door and let themselves in. It shall be impossible for anyone to fit their body through the opening.
15. Watch your use of social media
Social media isn’t meant for putting down your each and every activity into. The more information you provide, the more vulnerable you will be to a precise attack.
16. Take a self-defense class
Everyone should take self-defense classes. When it comes to defending yourself or your family from an attack you never know too much. Take the time to learn new ways to fend off an attacker and make sure you practice them regularly.
17. Carry a weapon only if you’re trained and willing to use it
While carrying a firearm or pepper spray is fine, make sure that you know how to use your weapon of choice properly and effectively. Don’t allow it to become something that the bad guy can take and use against you.
18. Trust your gut
Always, always trust your instinct. Your sixth sense is actually your mind picking up on miniscule things that your brain doesn’t exactly register. If you feel that something isn’t right, do something about it!
19. Never, ever give up!
Never stop fighting. If you’re in a fight for your life, make sure you’re the one who wins. Be the one who lives to see another day.
20. Dress Safe
It is foolish that women have to cover themselves up before stepping out of the house because some men cannot keep themselves from leching. It is still very important to dress according to the occasion. Keeping in mind the time of the day and where you’re going etc.
21. Go out in groups
There is safety in numbers. It’s a very nice rule to follow in life. Being with family and friends is anyways always a great feeling!
22. Don’t go out after dark
Girls should have the right and the freedom to go out whenever they want and not feel unsafe in their own country. Everyone advocates the same treatment be given to boys and girls but it’s hard to practice what you preach.
23. Public transport
Use safe modes of public transport like the metro in Delhi or the local trains of Mumbai. They are incredibly safe options. The fellow passengers will always ensure that you’re safe.
24. Learn Self Defense
In light of the recent rise in rape cases and eve teasing, a lot of women have taken up self defense classes. Learning any one martial art will ensure that you can take care of yourself for the rest of your life.
25. Your Phone
Keep the number of trusted family members and close friends on speed dial. If at all you feel that somebody is following you, just click the picture of the stalker. Download women helpline apps to stay secure.
26. Body Language
Your walk must exude confidence. Women who look scared and nervous are easiest targets for rapists and assailants. Hold your head up high, maintain a good posture and nothing and no one shall be able to come in your way!
Beware of men or groups of men who ask you for help. When you’re alone and unaided, never help a handicapped person into his car. This is the oldest trick in the book for kidnapping women.
28. Lock your doors
Keep your house locked at all times. Women have been Raped by people who pretend to be deliverymen. Keep the doors shut and bolted at all times.
29. Pepper Spray
Carry a pepper spray along with you. Women use electric guns in other countries. This device is not yet popular in India though. Or you can keep red chilli powder with you.