As my daughter became a young woman – I advised her on the importance of self defense.
Yes, for young women, because most older women already learned from their mistakes and should pass it on to your daughters, younger friends and relatives. If you consider yourself an “older lady”, you might consider these safety tips to be just common sense. But what is common sense to you, might not be to young women who are now entering into our society and are inexperienced in the ways of this crime infested world. So keep this in mind and pass it on to any young woman you might come across or even to your own daughter!
Safety Tips for Preventing Crime
- Avoid dark and empty places, like alleys.
- Avoid walking alone at night, have someone you know accompany you.
- Never drink from an opened container at bars or parties. Get your own drink and keep an eye on your drink.
- Never accept a ride from a stranger. Your mom and dad told you this and it holds true for preventing crime as an adult too.
- Meet someone new? Introduce him to your friends. Mention his hair color or eyes, any features that can be remembered by your friends. This can be crucial information if a crime is committed.
- No security system… but have a car? Keep your car alarm by your nightstand. If you hear something suspicious, let your car alarm double as a home alarm. The whole neighborhood will be listening! (First test your alarm from your bedroom, to make sure it reaches your car.)
- Look around and inside your parked car, before entering it.
- If you live in an apartment complex: Check your mail in a well lit area or wait till in the morning to check it. Take your trash out at night if the area is well lit or wait until the morning. If you have a dog, take him or her with you for your nightly tasks. Good exercise for your pet too!
- If you take public transportation, make friends with women that you usually see on a regular basis. This makes for a good buddy system.
- Always take a self defense product with you when you are out and about!