So we are getting ready to go for a ralk (run+walk).......it's late at night (like 9:30) totally dark outside & I think.....hey I need to post some safety tips for all us women!!!! I'm sure some of you have a Horse like me that has to be walked LATE AT NIGHT so you are out in the dark by yourself or you work late & have to walk to your car. Whatever the reason I'm sure we ALL have been out late at night & need to be remind of these tips......
The three reasons women are easy targets for random acts of violence are:
1) Lack of Awareness - You MUST know where you are & what's going on around you.
2) Body Language - Keep your head up, swing your arms, stand straight up.
3) Wrong Place, Wrong Time - DON'T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad neighborhood at night.
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. (Better paranoid than dead.)
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.
We walk with a flashlight on all the time & always we have our cell phone. Also dear ol' hubby knows my route & about how long it takes me.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY BE AWARE!!!!!!