personal safety tips for women
Friends of Ricki Tracy Vega and her husband Charley, the owners of Simple Self Defense for Women provide 5 personal safety tips for women that could mean keep you out of danger.
Women are always so busy wearing many hats; at work, home, in relationships... we're so busy being superwomen that sometimes we forget to be safe. It's important to remember simple safety tips we have heard our whole life, like trust your instincts, be aware of our surroundings, don’t talk to strangers, lock the doors at night, etc... but here are 5 Personal Safety Tips You May Have Not Heard
• Don’t wear your name badge/identification outside of work. This allows anyone to walk up to you & call you by name. Some are so convincing, they can actually make you believe you know them. This applies to kids too: Don’t put your kids name on their backpack, use a picture of their pet or favorite cartoon sticker instead.
• Don’t program your home address into your GPS. Anyone with access to your car (mechanic, valet or if it’s stolen), will know where you live. Use a nearby store instead.
• If you are approached by stranger and feel uncomfortable, put your hand up in a stop motion at their eye level. This is a universal sign and it shows anyone watching that you are uncomfortable with the situation and lets the bad guy know you are not an easy target.
• Don’t post all your personal plans on your social media sites. It’s okay to keep your friends updated but don’t give so many details. It leaves you, your children and property very vulnerable.
• Never go anywhere with someone threatening you with a gun or knife. Your odds of survival diminish substantially if you are taken to a remote location. I know you are thinking you can keep them calm by following orders, but the odds are you are more likely to survive by running in a zig-zag motion.