DAMSEL IN DEFENSE SAFETY TIPS FOR PERSONAL SAFETY
Safety Tips from Damsel in Defense:
• Perpetrators always look for signs…little things that we all do and do not even know. Things that say “I AM GOING TO BE A VICTIM”
• Over loading yourself with bags, purses, items in hand makes it super easy for someone to walk up to you and take them or even pull you into their car
• Always make eye contact when passing a person – if you do this they know that you are not shy and you can id them if needed
• Pony tails are cute but can be used to control a lady – a man can grab it and take you anyplace he wants
• Most ladies lose the voice when attacked…so an alarm is a must out of fear
• Only use the ATM machines inside of grocery store, malls, or gas stations.
• Have stuns, sprays or alarms in hand – if it’s in in your purse it isn’t going to help
• Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, something is probably wrong.
• Be aware of your surroundings.
• Walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic.
• Carry bags close to your body.
More Damsel in Defense Safety tips…
• Look confident – walk with a purpose, not on the phone or looking around at the trees
• Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
• If you are being followed, head for a crowded place.
• If people start milling around you, it could a set-up for a mugging.
• Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis situation? Do you scream, cry, freeze? How would you defend yourself?
• Remember there is no right or wrong approach to dangerous situations.
• Show your anger, not your fear. A furious reaction often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker is looking for an easy victim. Yelling is always a good deterrent (a good choice is to yell FIRE) this will draw attention to those who do not want to get involved but may be concerned for their own safety and may come to help. If there are other people around, yell loudly enough to get their attention to what the assailant is doing.
• If you are alone and do not know anyone on the street or nearby, try calling a name out to make the attacker or assailant to believe you may be with someone. This may also help if you are alone at home.
• If someone has a weapon, stay calm and wait for an opportunity.
• Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do about the situation.
• Make sure you keep a self-defense product on your person at all times such as pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm.
• When using pepper spray, aim for the chest not the head – the chest is a bigger target and you will still get the intended result – if you aim for the head it’s a smaller target and if you miss that may have been your one shot.