ABC of Staying Safe

Given the times we live in, the crimes against women are on the rise. No woman feels safe and this is because the crimes against women cut across the boundaries of culture, education, age, religion,  socio-economic status… Though Jaipur is a fairly safe city, still crimes against women do occur here.

How can women feel safe? How can the crimes against women be stopped? I don’t know, if we have answers to the above questions. But we can certainly take responsibility of our safety. Here are the tips to stay alert and safe… the ABC of staying safe…

Awareness is half the Battle Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let your guard down at any point of time, when alone. You must know where you are and what’s going on around you.
If things seem even a slight unsafe, get out of that place immediately.
Be Bold Look and act confident. Be alert. Use common sense. Always stride along like you know where you’re going.
Respond with a stern voice. Threaten and/or raise your voice to gather a crowd.
Carry Sharp Objects Your safety comes first and it is in your own hands.
Apart from pepper spray, you can also carry a sharp object in your bag at all times.
A pocket knife is handy, and helps you to injure and distract the culprit.
A safety pin in a crowded place is very useful too
Defend Yourself
In a fight for life and death- nothing- is off limits. You must completely overwhelm your attacker both physically and mentally to be successful in surviving.
Break fingers, scratch eyes, slap ears, cut throats, kick groins and knees, stamp the tops of his feet, scratch, bite, spit and scream.
Do not give up or give in to fear…turn your body’s fear into rage and use it against the attacker.
Escape This is always your best option. Run away, yell for help, throw a stone on a car window – do whatever you can to attract attention. And if the attacker is after your purse or laptop bag etc, throw them one way while you run in the other direction.
Family and Friends, First Let your family and friends know about your whereabouts, in case you are late or going to an unknown place and/or with unknown person. Even if there is any change of plan, call home immediately and let someone know where you are.
GPS Based Safety Apps
Download the new GPS based safety apps on your smartphone. The apps like Smart Suraksha helps you to establish contact to get immediate help.
Have a Plan Every attacker has two fears: getting caught or getting hurt. You must have a plan to ruin his plan. Fight verbally, yell or scream – do whatever you can to save your life. Every circumstance is different. Think on your feet and plan for a way out.

Instincts, Trust Them 

Trust and make good use of your ‘gut feel’ or ‘intuition’ or ‘sixth sense’ in each & every place and situation.
If you feel something weird about a situation, get out of it. If you have a sense of dread about walking into a dark area, avoid it.
Don’t ignore or brush aside these instincts which are all telling you to act and flee.
Just Stay Safe PLEASE!!!!!

I am sharing my Smart Suraksha Tips at in association with Smart Suraksha App.

Linking this post to the Ultimate Blog Challenge and October’s NaBloPoMo.

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41 thoughts on “ABC of Staying Safe

  1. Excellent post Shilpa.. I have been reading your posts for last few days. and I am amazed at how you can do A to Z for just about everything :).. Superb! and great points . Nischala

  2. Good tips. I will repeat the comment I wrote in another blog. If I were a girl living in India, I would carry a .357 magnum. It is designed for only one reason. Blow the brains out and kill a person instantly.

  3. Very valid points Shilpa . Sometimes I feel schools should include self-defense classes and first-aid course compulsorily in the curriculum, that way we are more prepared for the real world of today.

  4. Very well compiled!
    I think the most important tip is the one given by Reshma. Self-defence training, particularly unarmed combat, would not only make persons better-equipped to handle such situations, it would give them confidence and the ability to stay composed. Unfortunately, most parents prefer ballet and dance classes to self-defence training.

    • I have used VithU app… ie tested it at home after I saw the ad on TV… it works well too… it immediately sent a message to KG 🙂
      But have now downloaded Smart Surakhsha app. 🙂

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