While there are many self defense methods you can use to defend yourself, it is far better just to keep yourself out of harms way. So we decided to put a post together to give you some advice of some basic things you can do to keep yourself safe.
Travel in groups
Most predators and thieves are looking for easy targets. Someone traveling alone is an easy target. You are far less likely to be attacked when you are walking with someone else.
Be careful at night
A much higher percentage of crimes happen at night. About two in every three crimes happen when the sun is down (Here’s some more information). So at night make sure you stay in well lit areas, and try to keep to busy areas. This will decrease the likelihood of any problems by a substantial amount.
Carry some pepper spray
You need something to protect yourself in case things do get out of hand. Pepper spray is easy to carry and really effective. Make sure you put it somewhere where it is easy to access it. The last thing you want to do is be fumbling in an emergency.
Let people know where you are going
Just let a neighbor or a close friend where you are going and what time you will be getting home. Then they can alert authorities when you don’t get home in time.
Do not flash your wealth
In a perfect world you should be able to walk down the street with all the bling on that you want. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. If you are traveling into a less safe neighborhood don’t carry around your expensive jewelery and handbag. A friend of ours made a terrible mistake when they decided to go and buy some muscle builder for her boyfriend. She got a bus to a sketchy part of town carrying her expensive handbag. Just after getting off the bus she was fronted by two men who quickly relieved her of her handbag (along with it’s contents).
If you think you are being followed
If you sense you are in danger, try to get yourself into an area with other people, hail a cab or do anything you can to move to a safer area.
Don’t get too drunk
We do stupid things when we get drunk, but I don’t really need to tell you that, because you know it! Have a couple and enjoy yourself, just don’t over do it and find yourself waking up in a park without your belongings.
There are just a few things that will help to keep you safe. Most of it just comes back to using commonsense. Also make sure you are with friends so they can look after you and you look after them.