- Make Use of Your Senses - that means not having your iPod earbuds in, and not having your eyes down on your phone as you text, especially if you are by yourself. To the predator, these are automatic and highly visible signs that you are disengaged from your environment, that you're not paying attention, and above all, that you are an easier target because now your attacker has the element of surprise on his side. Maybe you didn't hear him sneaking up behind you, or maybe you didn't see him walking towards you because you were texting your bestie. Trust me, your texting and emailing can wait until you are safely at your destination, or in a well-populated area.
- Purse - Do not travel with your purse open. I see countless women who don't pay
- Weapons - I do NOT suggest that women should carry weapons with them EVER. Any weapon that is ever introduced into an altercation can be potentially used against you. I'd also like to point out that pepper spray, mace and switch blades are illegal in Canada. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't really effective things that you can use for self-defense.
- Rolled up magazine - A rolled up magazine is a pretty common thing to find in many women's bags, but the surprising thing about them is that the bottom of a rolled up magazine is extremely strong. If you hit someone in the temple, across the jaw, in the throat with one of those bad boys, trust me, it's gonna hurt.
- Kubaton - These handy tools were initially invented by the Japanese Police Force and were introduced to the LAPD for use by female officers. They inflict a surprising amount of pain, but with non-lethal force. I have a kubaton on my keychain, and am always glad to have it with me. I have it handy when I'm out alone at night. It's great for penetrating any soft surface on your attacker (eyes, neck, behind the ear, zyphoid process, etc.) . Kubatons are available at most martial arts supply stores and some martial arts schools, but they're also easily ordered from amazon.com or ebay.com, and range in cost from hardly $5-$15. These are but a few suggestions. Do you have any tips or suggestions of your own to add to our list? I plan to continue growing it, and input is always welcome.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Safety in the City Pt. 1
A number of women have asked me to write about ways to stay safe during your day-to-day activities, because let's face it, those are the times that you're most likely to encounter someone you don't know, or who might make you feel uneasy. I'm going to write a few things on this over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, let's start with some basics to keep in mind: