I posted this years ago, but the message still stands.
Here are some quick tips to keep yourself safe:
When you are out and about on your own; walking, running, biking, etc., DO NOT WEAR HEADPHONES OR EAR BUDS–EVER! I know you think that you can listen to your music and stay alert, but the fact is that you actually can’t. If you are plugged in to your device, then you are not plugged into the world around you.
I was a martial artist for years. I also taught what I called “Common Sense Self Defense” for years. I still observe the rules I learned a long time ago to keep safe. The ultimate best weapon truly is your head. Keep it in the game, be aware of where you are, who is around you, and don’t think for a second that something bad can’t happen to you.
I understand: bad things can happen to the most prepared and aware person. But you stand a far better chance of staying safe if you stay AWARE. Understand that there is always the chance that some creep may be looking for someone who is not aware of what is around them. It’s also a good idea to carry pepper spray or something similar just in case. It’s also not a bad idea to have someone else with you.
Should someone try to grab you or try to force you into their vehicle, scream your head off. But don’t yell “help!” Yell “FIRE!” Sadly, more people respond to that because they may think it’s their house that’s burning down.
It’s a sad fact that many would-be snatchers can drive close to you, allowing someone in the back seat to open the door and yank you into the vehicle. Your biggest defense is to stay alert and aware. Don’t think for a moment that nothing bad can happen to you. These things happen all the time; don’t let it be you.
Another tip: whenever you’re in your vehicle, LOCK THE DOORS. This also goes for when you get out to pump gas. Take your keys, your credit card/cash and lock up the vehicle while you pump gas. It is incredibly easy for someone to sneak around the side of your vehicle, open the door a crack and grab your purse, wallet, the cake you just picked up at the bakery (and wouldn’t THAT ruin your day?), whatever. Play it safe and make it a habit.
OK, that’s my lesson for today. I will be posting more common sense self-defense tips in the near future.