Safety tips for women
Have you ever wondered what to do in the event of becoming a victim of an attack?
Unfortunately we live in an increasingly violent society where such crimes are a reality. It is vital for women to lift their heads out of the sand and pay attention to what is going on around them.
Your personal safety is your number one priority and therefore it is vital for all Joburg women to know how to keep themselves safe when out in public places.
Jason Mordecai MD 7Arrows Security shares useful tips on how to keep safe when out and about:
Awareness is self defence
Being aware of your surroundings is ultimately one of the best self defence mechanisms one could have – distraction is what attackers count on and if you are aware this will most definitely make your attacker less likely to be able to take advantage.
It is exactly what you think it is!
Trust your instincts, your intuition does not lie. If you feel something does not seem right, walk the other way and remove yourself from the situation. Always report suspicious activity to your security company and the SAPS.
Make eye contact
Let others know you have noticed and seen them, it is harder for someone to surprise you if they know you have seen them.
Find your travel buddy
Don’t go alone to places such as parks and cemeteries, ask a friend or a family member to go with you.
Don’t isolate yourself
Choose an area that is well populated and frequently used. Avoid solitary areas, especially highly vegetated areas that prevent you from visually assessing movement around you. Situate yourself in a location where you can easily spot danger
Set some ground rules for your children. Explain where they may and may not go; create a visual perimeter. Nominate a rendezvous point in case they get lost and give them a verbal command that means they must come back to you immediately
Leave your valuables at home
People without valuables present a much smaller target to opportunistic criminals.
Be social media savvy
Do not update your every location on social media platforms, criminals do not need to get invited by their victims to places they know they are going and told knowledge on their whereabouts making yourself an easy target.
If someone tries to grab you, twist your arm up and down and yell, "Stop!" Do anything you can to draw attention to yourself.
Second location theory
Research shows that if someone intends to move you, they also intend to cause further harm. Do not let anyone take you to a second location.