International Women’s Day, on March 8th, is a global day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women and continuing to advocate for equality. This year, the theme is “choose to challenge” because a challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge, comes change. One of the main concerns women have is personal safety – whether while walking alone at night, in the workplace, or while driving. In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to share these 8 safety tips for women for how to stay safe in various situations.
1. If you are walking by yourself at night, be alert and aware of your surroundings. Don’t have earbuds in, and don’t be distracted on your phone, but do have it close. If you are looking down at your phone you might not see an attack coming. Instead, be alert, aware of your surroundings, and walk with confidence
2. Carry a personal safety device such as the Silent Beacon, so you can call 911 or text your contacts at your GPS location at the push of a button. You can also use it to quickly let your friends know once you have gotten somewhere safely. Additionally, you can also make phone calls directly from the device in case you can’t get to your phone in an emergency situation.
3. Stay alert in parking lots. Have your keys ready in hand so that you do not have to fumble through your purse. Look underneath and around your car before approaching it to make sure an attacker isn’t lurking. As soon as you get into your car, the first thing you should do is lock your doors. It is also a good idea to keep your doors locked while you are pumping gas.
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4. Never get into an attacker’s vehicle, even if they threaten you with a weapon. Odds are they will not use their weapon right away. They want to get you into their vehicle and take you to a more secluded place. If an attacker attempts to have you get in his or her vehicle, run away, making as much noise as you can. A moving target is hard to hit.
5. Make eye contact with strangers on the street and practice taking note of identifying features. If someone tries to grab you, be as loud as you can and move around erratically, twisting your arms up and down. Do anything you can to draw attention to yourself and get away.
6. Never pull over in an isolated area, especially at night. Attackers can fool you into thinking something is wrong with your car in an attempt to get you to pull over, crack your window, or get out of your car. Sometimes they even pretend they need your assistance. Don’t stop. Wait until you can pull over in a well-lit, populated place.
If you are worried about not stopping to help someone who really does need assistance, call emergency services and ask them to check on the person instead.
7. If you are at a party, always be sure to prepare your own drink and don’t take your eyes off of it. Bring it with you everywhere – even into the bathroom. When ordering at a bar, watch the bartender make your drink to make sure nothing is slipped into it. The bartender could easily be working with an attacker. Keep an eye on your drink at all times. Generally, ordering wine or beer is safer than a mixed drink and can lessen the chance of the bartender adding something dangerous to the mixed drink.
8. Never judge a book by its cover, or a stranger based on his or her appearance. Most criminals do not look like “bad guys.” More often, they try to fit in and can act charming. It is common for an attacker to get you to lower your guard by appearing to be in distress or even by asking you for help. Be cautious of strangers asking you for directions or help.
Criminals often view women as vulnerable or as easy targets. Whether you are concerned with staying safe at night, or safety in the workplace, these 8 safety tips for women are all good general guidelines to follow.
An essential part of a safety kit for women, the Silent Beacon is a personal safety device that enables you to instantly call anyone, including 911, at the push of a button. You can also use it to quickly text or email your GPS location to your emergency contacts and can even use it to alert them once you are safe again.