10 Tips Every Woman Should Know For Personal Safety

June is National Safety Month

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Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury on the road and in our homes and communities. Hundreds of organizations throughout the U.S. work to to ensure no one gets hurt.

Have you ever felt frightened or intimidated when out walking alone? Have you ever wondered what you should do if approached by an attacker?

Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone.

The following points are ten things every woman should know about personal safety, Total Awareness: A Woman’s Safety Book.

1. PRACTICE AWARENESS

This is your first line of defense. Most people think of kicks to the groin and blocking punches when they hear the term “self-defense.” However, true self-defense begins long before any actual physical contact. The first, and probably most important, component in self-defense is awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely strategies.

2. USE YOUR SIXTH SENSE.

“Sixth sense.” “Gut instinct.” Your intuition is a powerful subconscious insight into situations and people. All of us, especially women, have this gift, but very few of us pay attention to it. Learn to trust this power and use it to your full advantage. Avoid a person or a situation which does not “feel” safe — you’re probably right.

3. TAKE SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING.

It is important to evaluate the goals and practical usefulness of a women’s self-defense program before signing up.

4. ESCAPE IS ALWAYS YOUR BEST OPTION.

What if the unthinkable happens? You are suddenly confronted by a predator who demands that you go with him.  Run away, yell for help, throw a rock through a store or car window — do whatever you can to attract attention. And if the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them one way while you run the other.

5. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO FIGHT.

Whether or not you have self-defense training, and no matter what your age or physical condition, it is important to understand that you CAN and SHOULD defend yourself physically. You have both the moral and legal right to do so, even if the attacker is only threatening you and hasn’t struck first. Aim for the eyes first and the groin second. Remember, though, to use the element of surprise to your advantage — strike quickly, and mean business. You may only get one chance.

6. PEPPER SPRAY IS NOT YOUR SECRET WEAPON.

Pepper spray, like other self-defense aids, can be a useful tool. However, it is important to understand that there can be significant drawbacks to its use. For example, did you know that it doesn’t work on everyone? Surprisingly, 15-20% of people will not be incapacitated even by a full-face spray. Also, if you’re carrying it in your purse, you will only waste time and alert the attacker to your intentions. Trust your body and your wits, which you can always depend on in the event of an attack.

7. SAFEGUARD AGAINST HOME INVASIONS.

This crime is on the rise. The primary way to prevent a home invasion is simply to never, ever open your door unless you either are certain you know who’s on the other side or can verify that they have a legitimate reason for being there. In the event that an intruder breaks in while you’re home, you should have a safe room in your house to which you can retreat. Such a room should be equipped with a strong door, deadbolt lock, phone (preferably cell phone), and a can of pepper spray or fire extinguisher.

8. AVOID A CAR-JACKING.

Lock all doors and keep windows up when driving. Most car-jackings take place when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals approach at a 45-degree angle (in the blind spot), and either pull you out of the driver’s seat or jump in the passenger’s seat.

9. BE PREPARED WHEN YOU TRAVEL.

Violent crimes against women happen in the best and worst hotels around the world. As with home safety, never open your door unless you are certain the person on the other side is legitimate, and always carry a door wedge with you when you travel. A wedge is often stronger than the door it secures.

10. USE THE INTERNET WISELY.

Although the Internet is educational and entertaining, it can also be full of danger if one isn’t careful. When communicating online, use a nickname and always keep personal information such as home address and phone number confidential. Instruct family members to do the same. Keep current on security issues, frauds, viruses, etc

Here are some gadgets that we think can assist with some of the incidents above.

Pocket Guardian – purchase here  $12.99

  • At 130 dB, Pocket Guardian is loud. It can be activated in two ways. First, by pulling out the pin, which is connected to the keychain. The alarm will continue until you reinsert the pin. Second, by pressing the small button on the side with the alarm symbol.
  • The keyring can be attached to your purse or backpack strap, making it easily accessible. Simply tug on the Pocket Guardian to pull the pin out in case of emergency.
  • Built in LED light. Press and hold the button with the lightbulb symbol to use!
  • Comes with 3 AG13/LR44 batteries for extended life! The alarm will sound for a continuous 20-30 minutes on a new battery. If not in use, the battery has a 365 day standby time.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! If you are unhappy with your device for any reason, contact us for a full refund.

Sabre HS-DAK Dorm/Apartment Alarm Kit buy here  $19.99

Easy to install without any complicated wiring, Sabre’s Dorm/Apartment Alarm Kit features 3 total alarms that will keep your dorm or apartment secure with a booming 120 dB alarm sound.

You can also refer to the post by our #LatinaGeek ,Tanya, on must have tools during an emergency.