The subject of Women’s Security has been on fire these days. It has always been a concern for many people and communities around the world. It becomes apparent when we look at those various incidents taking place around the world, wherein the identity of woman has been misunderstood by a few individuals in the society and an attempt to harm a woman’s social status has been made.With winter on the way and our days getting darker, it's more important than ever to be safety conscious. Please take five minutes to read these tips as it may save your life, or that of a loved one. Remember: knowledge is power.
• Always follow your instincts - if you see or sense any problems on your way, change your route and regularly change your routines
• Mark out houses at intervals on each route you take that may be used as "safe houses" in the event of attack, such as shops or houses you know to be occupied. Try to incorporate these houses every time you vary your route. Don't presume that because your area has been safe thus far that it will continue to be so
• Avoid wearing conspicuous jewelry when out alone. Also consider your clothing - where will it be worn? Will you be going out after work? Get into the habit of leaving restrictive clothing and shoes for those occasions when you are certain that you have no reason to anticipate danger, such as in large crowds, or being picked up after work, etc.
• Fight the urge to listen to music, even if going for a jog - if you feel unsafe, phone a friend or family member, share your concerns and get them to stay on the line with you until you safely reach home
• Try not to act or look like an easy target - maintain eye contact with those around you and be aware of your blind spot
• If shadowed by a car, run back in the direction from which you came. Never presume it's just a coincidence - it's better to be safe than sorry
• Never hitchhike, even in an emergency - use public transport or taxis instead, or phone someone close to you to pick you up