Have you ever heard of something terrible happening to a woman or child and thought, ‘there’s no way that would ever happen to me’?
Guess what? It could very well happen to you. Anything is possible, and we’re going to show you how to handle some dangerous situations in the safest way possible.
We’re not trying to turn you into a paranoid tinfoil-hat-wearing hermit; rather, we’re informing you of some of the dangerous situations you could face and how to best prepare yourself for each one. Because women and children are seen as vulnerable targets, they’re subjected to robberies, rape, and assaults more than men are. That’s why it’s very important for you, as a woman, to be alert and prepared at all times. It also helps to be fully aware of some of the most common dangerous situations women find themselves in every day.
Let’s take a look at four of them:
When you’re at an ATM, you have your back turned to everyone, and you have your bank account open. That makes you the perfect target for someone who wants your money. Women are being attacked at ATMs everywhere, and it’s not stopping anytime soon.
How to keep yourself – and your money – safe: While retrieving money at an ATM, look around you and check. If you see any suspicious characters lurking behind you, or if you feel uncomfortable for any reason, immediately sign out of your bank account and leave. Also, be very discreet when withdrawing cash. Don’t let anyone see what you take out.
You want to be ready before approaching an ATM. If you spend time fumbling with your wallet or purse at an ATM, you’re making yourself an easy target. Always be alert, especially after leaving the ATM. If you think that you’re being followed, go somewhere safe and call for help.
Parking garage predators
Parking garages are supposed to shield your car from bad weather or car thieves, but they don’t protect you from predators. Actually, they do the opposite. Predators love parking garages because they’re empty, quiet, and full of good hiding spots. We hear about women being attacked or abducted in parking garages all the time. They’re very dangerous places for women.
How to keep yourself safe in a parking garage: If possible, have someone accompany you to your car. If you’re alone and uncomfortable, ask a security guard to escort you to your car.
Always keep your eyes peeled. Some women use pepper spray even if it is just to feel safe. If something happens, and you’re threatened just give the attacker your money, then attract attention for help.
Elevator attacks happen more often than we’d like to admit. In fact, last January, an East Harlem man was arrested for attacking and robbing eight different Asian people in various elevators across Upper Manhattan. To a predator, an elevator is the perfect place to attack and rob or assault a woman. They’re alone between floors with a defenseless target.
Solution: Don’t use elevators in dangerous places, especially alone. If a predator ever tries to attack you on an elevator, it makes sense to employ any strategy you can to avoid antagonizing your attacker, talk to them, give them your phone or wallet to keep them at bay and as soon as you can, press the alarm button and get out of there as soon as you can. If you feel the elevator stopping at a floor, press the “door open” button and bolt out of there!
Tips on avoiding a dangerous situation
Appear confident. Many predators target women who look timid, lost, or intoxicated. Keep your head high, maintain a good posture, and always look you’re going somewhere.
Your hair. You’re more vulnerable if you’re wearing a ponytail or braids and have your hair down. A predator can easily grab your hair and drag you around. If you wear under a cap, a predator will have a harder time grabbing you.
If you’re intoxicated, have a friend accompany you home. An intoxicated woman is an easy target. Don’t drink stupid amounts of alcohol and attempt to get home alone.
Don’t park your car in a dark area. A dark area is a predator’s dream hiding spot. It helps shield him from you and any witnesses that may be around. Always park your car in a well-lit area.
Don’t talk on the phone or wear earphones when you’re walking alone. Talking on the phone, texting and listening to music will distract you from your surroundings – your iPhone’s white headphones attract attention. You want to be able to hear everything around you.
Don’t feel bad for assuming that someone is dangerous and worry about hurting their feelings. You know the saying: better safe than sorry! An innocent and decent person would understand your safety concerns.