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How Women can Protect themselves while alone

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For women, safety while living alone is important. Women can take special self-defense classes and they can practice some basic common sense. Here are some tips to keep in mind for protecting yourself when you are alone.

Schedule activities properly

Do not expect anything. Even if you think you are in a safe area in the middle of the night, you should always exercise safety and caution. Try not to be out alone later than 9 or 10 p.m., and even if you are out at this time make sure that there are plenty of other people around. However, don’t depend on other people when it is dark. Kidnappings can happen in broad daylight or during the late evening hours even when other people are around. Schedule your activities so that you do not stay out later than you should when you are alone.

Ensure locks are locked

If you are alone in your apartment, make sure that your doors and windows are bolted, especially before you go to bed. Park your car underneath a lamp so that you can see where you are going. If you can, install a remote-key system in your car, so that you can unlock your car from a few feet away. This ensures that you don’t have to fumble around for your keys. Make sure your car doors are locked before you leave your car.

Know how to protect yourself

Whether you have a makeshift weapon or you are carrying a can of pepper spray, make sure that you have something that you can use to protect yourself. Even if you have taken a self-defense class, you may still need the help of an extra “weapon.” Sharp, pointed objects such as pencils can work as makeshift weapons.

Exercise common sense

Remember everything that you’ve been taught growing up: protect yourself by trying to avoid complicated and dangerous situations, or situations that may lead to other dangerous situations. For instance, don’t walk in dark alleys (whether you are alone or not), and make sure that you aren’t being followed when you are driving your car or when you are walking alone.

As you can see, prevention is the best form of protection. Even if these suggestions can be inconvenient, you still have to put your safety first. Even if you have to go home early, doing so when you are alone is the best thing to do. Taking precautions may help protect your life.

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