5 Tips Every Woman Should Know – Quite a disturbing thought …What if some of our everyday habits were actually compromising our safety?
With the ever increasing high rate of crime in our country, no one is safe. Here are a few tips on how to keep yourself safe – in the unfortunate event of falling victim to a crime, it might just save your life.
- When walking alone, do not get distracted by talking on your cellphone. You might think it is safe to do so, but in actual fact, it can distract you from your surroundings and you might not be aware of potential criminals watching you. Add a speeddial to your phone with an emergency number and keep your cellphone close by.
- If someone grabs you by the arm while walking down a busy street, twist your arm downwards and yell “stop”. Do anything in your power to draw attention to yourself. In the event that someone is chasing after you, run away in a zig-zag pattern, this may distract and exhaust your attacker.
- When carrying a purse, women should only have about three to four R10-00 notes placed inside. Credit cards, your driver’s licence, keys and jewelery should be carried in a coat or sweater pocket. The best option is to conceal personal belongings on your person to reduce the risk of suffering a potentially large loss. If you have your handbag with you, do not wrap the strap around your shoulder, neck or wrist. In case your handbag might be grabbed, a strong strap will not yield easily and you may be injured. Do not carry anything more valuable than necessary on you.
- You might have to travel during night-time. Never travel alone, always ask a friend or companion to join you. Only travel in well-lit and busy streets. It is dangerous to hitchhike or accept rides from strangers – abstain from this option where possible. If you are travelling on foot, walk on the side of the road, nearest to oncoming traffic. If accosted by someone in a car, run in the opposite direction of the way the car is headed. Beware of people stopping you to ask for directions keep a polite but safe distance.
- If you are making use of public transport, always stand close to people who are also waiting. If the immediate area is deserted or in darkness, rather wait near an occupied building or in a well lit area until transportation arrives.
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, cry out for assistance. Yelling “fire” instead of “help” will generally bring faster attention. Once entering a bus or taxi, be vigilant and observe those around you carefully. If you see someone acting suspicious, notify the driver immediately. One can never be too careful or too cautious. These tips are not a guarantee that you will not become a victim of crime … but always be vigilant. It may just save your life!