June is National Safety Month. This can mean a lot of different things but the type of safety we want to talk about is your personal safety from acts of violence.
T I P S
1. Make eye contact with people that concern you. Sometimes all an attacker is looking for is an easy target and they aren't interested in people that will put up a fight. They now know you've seen their face.
2. Don't be afraid to say no to politeness. If you feel uneasy about someone who stepped into the elevator, just step off. You don't have to stay on just to avoid an awkward situation.
3. Avoid parking next to vans or large vehicles that can quickly grab you as you're trying to get into your car.
4. Don't sit in your car, especially at night. Always park and get to where you are going. The longer you wait in your car, the more of a target you are.
5. Be aware of scams. If you see someone needing help on the side of the road, call 9-1-1 and keep driving. If you get pulled over alone, you are allowed to call the police and very that the person who pulled you over is a valid police officer.
6. Practice being aware. Know who is walking behind you. If you're walking alone at night, take out your headphones and get off the phone. These are all described as distracted behavior that attackers look for.
7. Escape is always the best option. Even if this means you may get hurt in the process, don't be afraid to scream, fight, and do what it takes to get away. Never let anyone take you anywhere without a fight.
A little self awareness can go a long way! The more you understand about how people are targeted, the better you can make safe decisions that will become second nature to you.