We’ve all heard the golden rules of safety: Be aware of your surroundings, safety in numbers, stay out of p
arking, etc. But regardless, every one of us at one time or another have still found ourselves in a situation where we know we could be in danger. And the national statistics don’t lie… “1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. College
age women are 4 times more likely to be assaulted. Every 2 minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted. One burglary occurs every 10 seconds. One violent crime occurs every 20 seconds. One aggravated assault occurs every 35 seconds. One robbery occurs every 60 seconds.”
Here are some very important safety tips Always fill up your gas tanks at half a tank. You never want to chance being followed on an empty tank. If you feel you are being followed make four (4) right turns. If the car is still behind you call 911. Do NOT drive home. When exercising avoid being occupied on a cell phone or listening to an Ipod. Keep your eyes and ears alert and be aware of your surroundings. Always exercise in heavily populated areas with a partner and don’t forget your Pepper Spray or Stun Gun! Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage: Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor,and in the back seat. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. This is a good reason to park away from big vans.
Look at the car parked on the drivers side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman towalk you backout. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot.) Do not get on an elevator if there is a weirdo already on there. (Of course bad men don’t always look bad.) Do not stand back in the corners of the elevator. Be near the front, by the doors, ready to get off or on. If you get on the elevator on the 25th floor, and the Boogie Man gets on the 22nd, get off when he gets on. Don’t ride the elevator with him if you are not comfortable.
If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! Police only make 4 of 10 shots when they are in range of 3-9 feet. This is due to stress. The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!
As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking,well-educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
Tips to saving your life, if you have gotten into a violent situation: REACT IMMEDIATELY – If he abducts you in a parking lot, and is taking you to an abandoned area, DON’T LET HIM GET YOU TO THAT AREA. If you are driving, react immediately in the situation, and crash your car while still going 5 mph. If he’s driving, find the right time, and stick your fingers in his eyes. He must watch the road, so choose an unsuspecting time, and gouge him. It is your ONLY defense. While he is in shock, GET OUT. This sounds gross, but the alternative is worse if you do not act.
RESIST – Don’t go along with him: Run, if you are able: DON’T EVER GIVE UP! You DO NOT want to get to a crime scene.
Always keep your distance when walking past strangers on the street or in dark areas.
GET A CELL PHONE: There are packages for $19.95 a month that allow you to program only 911 into the dialing out program. (This is an alternative for parents who say it is too expensive for their kids to have a cell phone.)
BREAK DOWNS: Make every effort to avoid this by ALWAYS keeping your car in good working order. If your car breaks down: LOCK YOUR DOORS. You better have a cell phone to call for help. If you don’t have a cell phone: keep a blanket, warm clothes, a pair of boots, and a flashlight in your car always, for emergencies.
Written by Paula McCune Indpendent Damsel Pro Southern California Area