DANGERS OF WALKING HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
How to deal when you’re walking to home after having late night dinner with friends. It’s dark, but your home not so far from that restaurant.
All alone you walking on the road in late hours. Suddenly, you get that creepy feeling that someone is watching you.
1. STAY CALM IT'LL BE HARD
Stay Calm It’ll be hard, but don’t let the stranger know that you’ve caught on to them. Or that you’re nervous.
Always stay aware from the strangers and your surroundings, but do something that will let you collect your thoughts.
2. PAY ATTENTION! TAKE NOTICE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Pay Attention! Take notice of your surroundings and watch for anything that seems out of place. Listen to your gut, too your “fight or flight” instinct probably runs deeper than you think.
It will be very nice if you get enough details that you can commit to memory in case you have to give someone, or the police, a description later. It’s much better to give too many details than not enough.
3. STAY ALERT! LOOK LIKE YOU’RE WALKING WITH A PURPOSE
Stay alert! Look like you’re walking with a purpose. This is the part of that “never look nervous” thing.
Look like you know where you’re going. Even in case if your nerves overcomes you and you take a couple of wrong turns, try not to look lost.
This is a good way to determine if the stranger is really following you, and it gives you additional time to think.
Plus, if you look like you’re walking with confidence, the stranger might decide that you’re not such an easy target. You might be headed to a party filled with people, for all the stranger knows.
4. DON’T TEXT! MORE ON HOW YOUR PHONE CAN BE A USEFUL TOOL LATER
Don’t Text! More on how your phone can be a useful tool later; but in general condition if you’re walking a short distance to your car, such as through a store parking lot, don’t text.
If you’re sending text message, then your head is should be down, and you may not even see a suspicious stranger that’s there in the first place.
You’re on your phone, the stranger might assume that you aren’t aware of your surroundings and let’s face it.
When you’re just on auto-pilot and texting, you probably aren’t. If your head is down and your attention is on your phone, you’ll look more vulnerable.
5. DON’T KEEP LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER
Don’t keep looking over your shoulder. It would be like a tempting, but if you keep glancing behind you, it will let the stranger know that you’re onto them, and this may cause them to attack.
Plus, if you’re too focused on what’s behind you, you might miss escape routes, save havens, or helpful people that could be in front of you. This is part of staying calm and being aware of your surroundings.
6. BE PREPARED TO FIGHT IF THE STRANGER DECIDES TO COME AT YOU
Stay Prepared to Fight If the stranger comes at you, you must defend yourself. It’s one other option to hold your keys in your pocket with the end of one key’s “teeth” sticking out between your middle and ring finger.
If you have to defend yourself, the key could do just enough damage to give you time to get away.
Also, having your key ready in your fist inside your pocket is a quick and easy plan, and knowing you have a plan should make you feel safer.
7. KNOW WHEN AND HOW TO USE YOUR PHONE!
Walking to your home and know you’re being followed by a shady character, take out your phone and call a friend or family member.
Tell them where you are and stay on the phone with them until you reach your destination and don’t be panic.
There are also plenty of personal safety apps that you can get on your phone, so do some research! Do you have any favorite safety apps? Let me know in the comments!
8. GET TO A PUBLIC PLACE
Get to a public place. When you get a funny feeling about a random stranger, there is safety in numbers! Get to a coffee shop, restaurant, or a store as soon as you can.
If it’s too late at night, don’t worry—there should be some grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations that are open 24 hours a day.
You’ll be and feel much safer once you’re with other people, and you can get help from someone if you need it.
Stay in that public place preferably with someone who helped you until a friend or family member can come pick you up.
9. TAKE DIFFERENT ROUTES. IF YOU FEEL LIKE THE SAME SHADY STRANGER
Take different routes. When you feel like the same shady stranger is making a, habit of following you, try taking alternate routes to and from places.
This goes for driving and if you’re on foot. It will make it harder for the stranger to track you if you don’t take the same routes.
Change up any observable routine that you have. The goal here is to confuse them as much as possible.
10. NEVER HESITATE TO CALL THE POLICE!
Never hesitate to call the police! If any stranger is just too close to you for comfort, or especially if you’are being repeatedly followed like I mentioned earlier.
Call the emergency number is where you live. First tell the dispatcher where you are; if you can’t give an exact address, at least give a street name. Or describe what’s around you.
It’s way much better to be safe than sorry. If the situation turns out to be nothing. You won’t get in trouble.
At least you’ll know! All of this stranger danger talk may make you wonder about basic safety measures you can take when you’re out and about that you can got covered.
RUNNING AT NIGHT SAFETY GEAR (LET SOMEONE KNOW)
IF YOU ARE PASSING A STRANGER
If you’re passing a stranger, make eye contact with them. I know this might sound uncomfortable; the eye contact doesn’t have to be long.
Just make it long enough so that you’ve basically said “I see you and could give a description” without actually saying it out loud. This will make the stranger think twice about attacking.
HOW DO KNOW SCAMMED
Be aware of potential scams. It is very necessary for you that If a stranger stops you on the street and asks for directions, money, or wants to sell you something, be wary.
It is also very technical advice to always Keep a good distance between the two of you. Make the interaction short.
Respond in brief, firm sentences. Never, ever let your guard down; and never, ever let a stranger get you on your own away from the public eye.
Most import point When walking to your car, have your keys ready. Especially when after the dark, you don’t want to be standing at your car door fumbling for your keys.
This could make you an easy target. If someone has been watching you, they’ve probably been waiting for you to be still and distracted like this.
HAVE A GOOD GRIP ON YOUR KEYS
HAVE A GOOD GRIP ON YOUR KEYS
Have a good grip on your keys too; you don’t want to drop them and be searching for them.On the ground.
BASIC SELF DEFENSE TIPS
This means your head and body will already be down, putting you in a pretty vulnerable position.
Know some basic self-defense. A good nice kind of pop to the throat and the solar plexus that place right under the center of the rib cage will knock the wind out of someone.
The nose, eyes, are most sensitive parts of the face. A swift kick to the knees or shins will make anyone buckle.
You get it do some research, or better yet, see if your local community center gives self-defense classes and take a couple with some friends.