Personal safety tips
As you get out more in the world be careful of what you encounter. Being at home most of the time is a safe zone. Being out in the world with ungodly people, gives you an opportunity to reach out to others and be a light. It can also be a trap for a young woman, being out in the world for the first time. Guard yourself, take what your parents have taught you and follow it. You don’t need to be fearful of things, but be aware. Women are easy targets for random acts of violence because they generally have:
- Lack of awareness—you need to know where you are and what is going on around you.
- Body language—keep your head up, stand straight up.
- Wrong place, wrong time—don’t walk alone in an alley or drive in a bad neighborhood at night.
Here is a list of basic tips to remember:
- Never be alone with another man, no matter what the age—in work situations, in vehicles, etc.
- When you get into your car after being somewhere, immediately lock your doors.
- If you are parked next to a van enter your car from a passenger side door.
- Before you get into your car, check to see if there is someone next to you in a vehicle. If you are alone outside, go back into the mall or store and ask a guard to walk you out. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. If you are in an elevator and another man approaches and you feel uncomfortable, get off where he got on.
- We as woman are sympathetic towards others and that is a good trait to have. In the world we need to be careful of situations. When helping others, we need to be aware of our surroundings. If a handicap man asks for assistance and you are out alone, go get some help. Don’t do it alone. Unfortunately bad people like to prey in on suspecting targets.
- Don’t walk around talking on your cell phone—be aware of what is going on.
- Use the buddy system—whenever going places, take someone with you if possible. If you are going to be leaving a place, try walking out with someone else.