As a woman, you may be facing various dangers on a daily basis. Especially when you are on the street, it is quite possible to become the target of a man or group of men who are trying to hurt you. With the number of attacks on women on the streets on the rise, it is important to know what to do when you find yourself in a life-threatening situation and more importantly, how to avoid such situations all together. Here are a few useful tips to help you out;
Be Ready – You Never Know When It Might Happen
Don’t think that you are at the risk of being assaulted only during night time or when you are alone. An attack or assault can happen at any given time of the day and at any place, even during the day in a crowded area. So you have to be prepared and be on your guard at all times. Keep a pepper spray can or a pocket knife in your person, especially when you will be late to come home from office or when you will be out for the night. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a proven effective method of defending oneself against attackers. The martial art is well-known for enhancing the speed and accuracy of reflexes so you can use these skills to safeguard yourself from any possible danger. Consider taking a BJJ class to better equip yourself with the correct moves and stances, and the proper training to defend yourself on the streets.
Be Cautious – It Could Be Anybody
Avoid disclosing personal information such as where you live and what route you will be taking when you walk home to strangers or any other person you have any kind of suspicion about. Avoid talking to strangers on the bus or train, especially to men. Your attacker could even be a colleague or an acquaintance so be careful who you make friends with. Keep the number of your local police station and the emergency number for police saved on your mobile phone so you can contact them if necessary.
Be Watchful – You May Not Be Alone
You could become the target of an assaulter in a number of locations that you find yourself in day after day. Be vigilant while walking to your car in the car park, walking home from work, trying to hail a cab late at night, waiting outside a building for a friend and walking on streets and alleyways that do not attract too many people. You are most vulnerable when you are caught unawares. So always pay attention to the people around you to check if you are being followed or to notice if one person or group of people are paying too much attention to you. Try to avoid being by yourself at late hours as much as possible. Stay with your friends while standing on the streets as much as you can.