PREVENTIVE ATTACK MEASURES MAKE A PREDATOR PASS YOU BY
Human predators, not unlike their animal counterparts out in the wild, prey upon the weak and distracted. Hidden assailants will watch a crowd of people and find the victim that will give them the least amount of trouble; it’s up to you to not be that person. Believe it or not, there are simple, common-sense steps that you can take to ensure just that.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Although this idea is reiterated nearly everywhere when dealing with a woman’s (or anyone’s) personal safety, it is often the most ignored, even if unintentionally. It includes noticing who is around you, both on foot and in adjacent vehicles, spotting anything “out of place” within your normal everyday work and home environments, and being aware while in dark and unknown places like parking garages, outdoor strip malls and city streets.
Becoming distracted is easy when you are juggling a smartphone, carrying grocery bags, and finding your keys in your purse all at the same time. As such, you are a prime candidate for an attack by a thief or someone out to do you harm. Instead, focus on one thing at a time.
Have your keys in your hand long before you enter possible “trouble” territory, and save the phone call for later. A distracted person becomes a victim; don’t be that person.
USE BODY LANGUAGE
Body language can mean the difference between you becoming a victim or making it home safely at night. Looking down or being hesitant while walking, or even looking up and all-around indicating you are lost, will attract the attention of a predator. Fix this by walking confidently with your head up high, scanning the area in front of you and exhibiting a determined look.
DON’T GO AT IT ALONE
The old adage, “there is safety in numbers” is not false advertising, by any means. Traveling with one or two friends will severely decrease your chances of becoming a victim. In these circumstances, a would-be predator will think twice about the idea of keeping control of one or two other people while trying to overcome you. This would not be easy for him and as such, he will probably pass you by for another, easier victim.
CALL FOR HELP
If something just doesn’t “feel” right, don’t doubt your sixth sense. Call the police immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry. When your life may be at stake, calling 911 is a smart thing to do. Your brain can logically convince you that you are overreacting, while your heart may sympathize for someone who may be secretly out to harm you. Don’t listen to either; trust your gut instinct and make the call to the police.