Keep your safety in your hands with these 10 practical safety tips
In the last decade, India has seen a significant rise in the percentage of single women, living alone, working late, travelling. There are lots of professional opportunities for women now as compared to earlier times. Although more and more women are becoming independent be it economically or socially but there is still a part of the society that instead of respecting woman see them as an object of desire.
Not many women feel safe when they step out of their house and the reality is that there are safety hazards whether you are living in a big city or a small town.
Have you ever felt intimidated when going out alone or get worried when you see some bad things happening around? You are not the only one who feels afraid as violence against women is a sad reality of our society.
Personal safety has become an important issue especially when it comes to women. You need to be aware of your surroundings, know your legal rights and be prepared to take any action against injustice.
- Be aware
Self-defense does not mean attacking your assailant but the first step of self-defense is being aware of your surroundings, potential danger, potential attacker’s strategies and lastly saving yourself by kicking and punching the assailant.
The surprise element is any attacker’s primary strategy, if you are unaware of what’s going on around you then you might look like a target to the criminal’s mind. Even if you have to feign alertness and awareness at any unknown place, do it for your own safety.
- Go with your gut instinct
Each one of us has that intuition power or gut feeling or sixth sense warning us about what’s in store. It is a powerful sub conscious insight that very few of us pay attention to. Learn to focus and trust this power as it comes in handy in difficult times.
Avoid a person or place that gives you an eerie feeling and if you can’t ignore that person try to confide in someone who can help you out of the sticky situation. Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
- Self-defense training
It is not important to train in the traditional martial arts but evaluate your goals as what do you want out of the self-defense training.
Opt for a self-defense course that offers you practical tips and techniques so you can defend yourself when under attack. Enroll your daughter or sister for these special training as it will make them self-dependent in so many ways.
- Travel tip
When travelling alone make sure someone trust worthy knows where you are staying and what time you are expected back. Don’t be over friendly with the hotel staff and never let any stranger in your room. Carry a pepper spray or any other self-defense tool whenever stepping out.
Avoid taking drinks from strangers even when you are amongst friend as you never know what is inside the drink.
- Cyber safety
Internet is full of opportunities and no doubt is fun but it can be dangerous in more ways than one. Never disclose your personal identity, address or phone number and instruct your friends and family too about it. Also avoid posting pictures that when in the wrong hands can be misused.
When driving either in day or night time, always make it a point to secure the locks and keep the windows closed. Criminals come out with several heart wrenching stories to stop you but its better you don’t stop and not listen to them. Call the police helpline number and let them take care of any issue on the road.
Escaping is your best option as if the predator tries to take you away there is a thin chance you are going to survive. Run and yell for help, do anything to attract attention and if the assailant if after your purse or belongings then better to give it away then to risk your life.
- Right to fight
No matter how diligently we practice awareness and avoid getting in a situation, there are times when you are stuck and there is no help around. You need to know that you have a right to save yourself, you can and you should defend yourself physically. Even if the attacker is threatening you and not physically hurting you then too you have the legal right to defend yourself.
Use the element of surprise to your advantage, strike quickly and run as you might not get another chance.
- Home invasion
Never open the door to a stranger even if they appear in a uniform, you have the right to see their identity card and if you don’t feel safe do not open the door how much they persist.
10. Safe rental accommodation
Pick out an apartment in a reputed housing society and before moving in to any place make sure to do some research on the neighborhood. Look for apartments that have high security with visitor’s book. You can also ask or inform the local police station about your intentions of moving and your safety concerns.