Crime happens at all hours of the day and night but many crimes are notorious for happening mostly at night, such as abductions, rapes etc., which sparks fear in many people when they are trying to get home. When it comes to getting home safe, there are so many things that you have to worry about, especially if you live in a more dangerous area. No one wants to feel like they are being followed or watched, so if you have any concerns about that, here are a few tips that will hopefully make all the difference.
It’s so much easier to be put in danger at night while trying to get home, simply because you are alone, which makes any attacker assume you can’t protect yourself if need be. Sometimes being caught out late at night can’t be avoided, especially if you’re working late and you have no way to get home. Streets and side roads can betray you. Just because you think you’re alone, doesn’t mean you are alone. It’s best to stick to the streets that gives you plenty of light and are the most busy. Sometimes this is impossible as many streets that you need to access don’t have sufficient light to give you that security blanket that you need. Have a small flashlight on hand to make sure you can see in dark areas. In this case it’s best to always carry a whistle on you to alert anyone that someone is trying to attack you.
It’s also a good idea to carry mace or pepper spray with you. If used properly it can bring down even the most big and strong attackers which will give you the perfect opportunity to make a run for it and get home. Pepper spray is more powerful than mace so if I had to make a choice, that’s what I’d use. Make sure there’s a cell phone with you. Sometimes you may need to call someone to meet you at a designated location so that you don’t have to continue going the rest of the way alone. Call a family member or a friend who’s in the area. If that isn’t an option, call a neighbor or someone you trust. Even if you have to call the police and tell them you feel threatened, do so. That’s what they’re for so don’t hesitate just because you are afraid to bother them. Your safety is important, so nevermind what they think.
It’s always a good idea to learn self defense in case all else fails. Don’t focus on self defense that only teaches you a few punches and kicks. Learn a wider variety of escape moves that will prevent you from being mugged, abducted or raped. Attackers are cowards who love to attack from behind. Make sure you learn something that will give you a chance to maneuver the power from them to you. Learn techniques on how to escape a knife attack, gun attack, or even techniques on ways to escape or prevent being tied up.
Always remember to never let a stranger walk you home. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen them in passing on one or two occasions. That doesn’t mean you know them well enough to trust them. Always decline their offer and if they become more persistent, be ready to show them who’s boss. Always be on the look out for a second or third accomplice. Being alert can save your life more than you can ever know. So always be alert, and always be ready.
It’s much easier getting home late at night while driving, but there are still a few precautions that you should remember when it comes to walking to and from your car. When it comes to where you park, whether it be on the street or a parking garage, always be aware of the other cars that are around. That includes trucks and vans especially. If there happens to be a mysterious truck or van that is parked next to your car, in particular on the driver’s side, it’s best to get in your car on the passenger side.
Often times, when someone is abducted and thrown into a van, it’s usually, but not always, done while the victim is getting into their car. So if your gut is telling you something isn’t right, go with your gut. If you find it necessary to get a guard or a cop to accompany you to your car, do it. Also be aware of anyone loitering the area that you know shouldn’t be there. You never know what they have in mind. Sometimes a lone person stands around waiting for a victim to arrive alone at their car before walking up to them with a gun or knife in hand. If you find yourself in this situation, use your mace or pepper spray, and any self defense techniques that you know.
If the person succeeds in getting themselves into your car and forces you to drive somewhere, drive into traffic or a place where there are a lot of people and crash your car. Your attacker won’t want to sit around during this scenario, so they’ll want to get up and run away. In any chance that you make it to your car safely and begin driving, always keep an eye on your sides and rear view mirror. If you think you are being followed DO NOT go home. Get on your cell phone and call the police while driving to the police station. Have them make sure the vehicle in question has gone and have them escort you home. Once you get there, make sure all windows and doors are locked.
On occasions you may encounter cops who think it’s okay for them to abuse their authority on an unsuspecting victim. If a cop, in particular in an unmarked car, tries to pull you over, don’t do it unless you’re on a busy street where there are witnesses. Cops can be bad people too, unfortunately. If you’re on a quiet and abandoned looking street, keep driving, especially when you know in your gut that there was no good reason for a cop to pull you over in the first place. Stay alert even at these times.
In any situation whether you are walking or driving, always remember to show confidence, stay calm, and remember every detail you possibly can, including any attackers who try to hurt you. And if you can, never travel alone. Travel with someone whenever possible.
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