Self Defense Strategies:
- The number one most important thing is to always trust your instincts. When you have the feeling that something is not right, then it probably is not. If you get a gut reaction that something does not feel right, immediately head to a public area and contact authorities by dialing 9-1-1.
- Never put trust in your assailant. Criminals are dangerous individuals who will tell you anything in order to persuade you to trust them. They might approach you in a friendly manner and try to catch you off guard. Just remember, a stranger can always equal danger, so no matter how convincing they are, never trust them.
- Never leave the area with the attacker. They will try their best to get you alone and in a secluded area. Do your best to put distance between you and your attacker as quickly as possible.
- When leaving work, home or a store, have your keys in hand. Always remember where you parked your car and don’t overload yourself with bags. This will only make you more vulnerable to an attack. It is also a good idea to look under your car and take in your surroundings. An attacker is less likely to target you if he or she sees how aware you are of the area.
- Carry pepper spray or a personal alarm on you. This can help distract a perpetrator and help you get away to safety quicker.
- Don’t be afraid to share your schedule with family and friends. This way, if something does happen to you, someone will always know where you were last. Many people refer to this as the buddy system.
- Lastly, report any suspicious activity you might see going on in or around your neighborhood. The police cannot be everywhere and it is up to us, as a community, to help protect each other.