Self-defense Tips for Women
These tips aren’t just for the busy holidays season. It’s all about sustaining your awareness all year long. Obey these tips and you can safeguard yourself from being one of this year’s assault statistics.
1. Walking up to my vehicle, did I look around or see anyone near it? Am I walking with my packages in a cart or carrying all of them in my hand? Offenders interviewed say they look to attack a woman who is walking alone and not aware of her surroundings. Always put your bags in a cart. This gives you plenty of time to act if someone is moving towards you. If you’re carrying bags, this makes your hands useless to protect yourself and provides a criminal with a bonus.
2. Do I have my keys ready in my hand before leaving the store giving me self-defense protection? Again, awareness plays a big part. Also, with a key in hand, it can be an excellent weapon if you’re abruptly grabbed.
3. Am I talking on the cell phone or texting? Not paying attention? Paying attention is imperative. Take care of all that in the store. The parking lot is not the place to have your head down texting or checking your email.
If I am approached by someone, no matter how heavy my bags are, it is okay to turn them down. Remember, offenders will do and say anything they can to gain your trust and let your guard down. If a stranger wants to assist you with your bags, tell them no thank you. If they still insist, tell them no again. Criminal interviews showed that they will try to play on a victim sensibilities to gain approach to the vehicle, the keys, or a purse. This is when the criminal moves in for the attack: when your guard is down and you least expected it.