Another one of the great safety tips from Damsel in Defense.
PIPE DOWN POLLYANNA … When that inner girl chimes in on a smiley stranger, remember that research shows serial killers and criminals often use the sympathy of empathetic women to bait them into danger. If someone asks for the time, directions, or assistance near a vehicle, just KEEP MOVING! We know you don’t want to be rude so just don’t kick an innocent man in the shins as you pass. Be courteous but don’t stop. You can always assist by soliciting assistance from a safe location.