Better Safe Than Sorry . . .

Kara at KSS posted this a few weeks ago, and I thought it was good information for all of us ladies, so I'm reposting it here. Number 5(B) has made me rather paranoid about vans.

10 Safety Tips For Women

1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you...Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.). DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars..
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!

7.If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.. RUN, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird... The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door...' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.

10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!

Are there any other good safety tips that you've heard? I've also heard not to smell perfume if someone is trying to sell perfume outside of a store or mall. It can actually be a knockout drug, and then they can kidnap you.

Well, it's not the happiest subject in the world, but now that you're thoroughly paranoid, have a Happy Wednesday!

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Brittney Galloway said...

Thanks, I had read this article somewhere else but it is such a good reminder to be aware!

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

Other tips include walking with confidence, firmly and & quickly, rapists/serial killers prey on weaker looking woman. Walk like you mean business with a don't mess with me look on your face. Don't walk around talking on your cell phone, it makes you look distracted and unaware of your surroundings, making you an easy prey. Have your keys out as you head to your car, if your standing by your car for five minutes rumaging through your purse, it makes you an easy target. Women with long hair, don't wear your hair in a pony tail, or if you do, tuck it under your coat, I've read many places that it makes easier to grab you from behind. If someone grabs you scream as loud as you can (to intimidate and to alert others) go for the nose, groin, instep and eyes. I've also read the back of the upper arm they recommend using your fingernails to tear the muscle....

~M~ said...

Such great tips! My dad sent me this e-mail.

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

Good tips. Thanks for the reminder!

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Thanks for the great reminders.

Love the new look & layout! Very classy.

AmyK said...

I agree with the walking with confidence thing! I always try to walk as confidently and as boldly as I can when I'm alone, 'cause I'm a small person; I'm only 5'1, barely 100 pounds--my strength isn't going to save me, so I need to do what I can to not look like easy prey!

I always, ALWAYS check the back seat of my car when I get in at night. I watched a TV show about that when I was a kid and it scarred me for life; I get SO paranoid when I forget to check before getting in and driving off! I have no dome light in my car, either, so if I don't check before going, I have to pull over just to check!

I also walk with my keys in my hands, sticking between my fingers.

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