Keep a HEADS UP! Attitude - It is safety tip #1

Keeping your head up automatically puts you in tune with what's going on around you.  You may spot something that doesn't add up, seems out of place or someone displaying odd behavior causing a second glance.  This is when your sixth sense kicks in.  Don't ignore it!


Have a Plan

Before going about your day, have a plan of where you’re going and what you need to do once you get there. Be organized! Don’t carry more than you can manage with one hand and ALWAYS keep your dominant hand free in case you have to use it (if you’re right-handed, keep that hand free and hold packages in your left hand, and vice versa if you’re left-handed). By contemplating your day with a HEADS UP! attitude, you are training yourself to act from a place of power rather than weakness.


Be Alert and Aware of Your Surroundings

Pay attention to the sights, sounds and people around you. Don't be texting or talking on you cell phone or using earbuds when you're alone in a public place. If you think someone is following you, cross the street or step into a store. If that's not possible, look the person straight in the face and say hello or ask what time it is to show you are not afraid. You can now identify this person in a line up and this makes you a less desirable target.


Never Look Like a Victim

Are you distracted? Do you walk slowly? Predators look for distracted or weak people. You can make yourself a tougher target by walking with confidence and purpose. Stay in more populated areas. Just looking like someone who is not to be messed with can deter a would-be attacker.


Always Follow Your "gut instincts" or Intuition

Your gut instinct is always in response to something important you should pay attention to PLUS your intuition always guides you toward what’s in your best interest. Trusting your gut is never a waste of time, it’s very real and should never be ignored. If you have a sense of foreboding, don't second guess yourself. Even if it is wrong, better to be paranoid than hurt or even worse.


Be Car Smart

It is important to think about your safety whether you are getting into or out of your car. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car. For extra protection, have a key-chain that can also be used as a weapon if needed. Look inside your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. Once you are in your car, lock the doors and go! Do not pause to check your phone or how you look, just go! If something doesn’t feel right or someone is lurking around your car, or if there is a vehicle parked next to you with a male sitting alone, go back and ask a security guard to escort you out. Keep your car in good repair and NEVER, EVER let your car get low on gas!!


Prevent Date Rape

A great way to prevent someone from slipping a drug into your drink is to hold the drink with your hand over the top of your glass. By holding the glass in that fashion, it makes it almost impossible for someone to slip something in between your fingers without you knowing or feeling it. If you leave your drink for any reason, order a new one. It should go without saying that you should never be alone with someone you just met, even if this someone is a friend of a friend. The lines can get fuzzy when things become intimate. Do not be afraid to say "NO" or "STOP" at any point during an intimate encounter.


Learn to Predict Dangerous and Controlling Behavior

The rare few people who want to harm you will give clear signals. If someone is too charming, provides too many details, gives unsolicited help, promises to do (or not do) something when no such promise was asked for or discounts the word "NO", these are often key signals of harmful intent.


Be Safe At Home

Most women are assaulted by someone they know and 40% of the time the crime will happen in the victim’s own home. Keep your doors locked, even during the day. Don't forget the door leading to the garage. If you forget to lock or close your garage, someone has open access to your home. Another deterrent is noise. Predators tend to avoid homes with alarm systems or dogs.


Stay Alert on Vacation

Keep your hotel room locked with the deadbolt and chain when you are inside. Never let anyone in your room that you don't know. If someone says they work for the hotel, call the front desk to confirm. Never leave an extra room key lying around for someone to grab when the maid isn't looking. Also, never let anyone know that you are traveling alone.


Know your Strengths and His Weaknesses

Your elbows and knees are the strongest points on your body. If you get close enough to use them, do it! Use your legs to kick free from your attacker if you wind up on the ground. Go for his four weakest points: eyes, throat, knees and groin.


Don't Be Afraid to Fight

Fight with everything you’ve got then fight some more! Strike first! Strike hard! Strike fast! Don't wait for things to escalate. Once you have broken free, run like hell for help!


Never Be Relocated

Do whatever you have to do to prevent getting taken to a second location. Even if someone has a gun pointed at you, RUN! He isn't going to shoot you with several witnesses around. The chances of being hit is extremely remote (only 4 in 100 times). Although you run the risk of injury, if you are taken to a second location, you are guaranteed injury or even death.

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