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
||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 BlogAdda.com in association with Smart Suraksha App.
Linking this post to the Ultimate Blog Challenge and October’s NaBloPoMo.
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October 24, 2013 6:00 pm|
Valid tips there Shilpa .
October 24, 2013 6:12 pm|
Thanks Jayashree 🙂
October 25, 2013 4:39 pm|
One of my friend used to carry ‘ Rampuri Wala Button knife’ in her hand bag. To each her own. Objective should ‘stay safe’
October 26, 2013 11:21 am|
Yes, as long as one feels safe!
October 24, 2013 6:11 pm|
Very cool post, Shilpa! Excellent tips. 🙂 One can never be too well-prepared! All the best for the contest!
October 24, 2013 6:19 pm|
That’s true, but still we need to try our best and help ourselves. Thank you Vidya! 🙂
October 24, 2013 6:19 pm|
Very pertinent post and all tips are true too. Better be safe than sorry.
October 25, 2013 8:47 am|
Oh yes, we should be cautious at all times. Thks Shilpa.
October 24, 2013 6:30 pm|
very useful it is.. thanks for sharing Shilpa.
October 25, 2013 8:51 am|
My pleasure, Aakanksha 🙂
October 24, 2013 6:59 pm|
Loved your tips, Shilpa! And an innovative way to make us remember them. Good luck!
October 25, 2013 8:52 am|
Thank you Rachna. Glad you liked this presentation 🙂
October 24, 2013 7:23 pm|
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
October 25, 2013 8:54 am|
Thank you Nischala and thanks for reading too. 🙂
October 24, 2013 8:48 pm|
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.
October 25, 2013 8:55 am|
Ah! I know what you mean, SG! May be steps like these would deter the criminals…
October 24, 2013 9:53 pm|
An innovative way to send across the message of safety to one and all. I liked the idea a lot!
October 25, 2013 8:56 am|
Thank you Richa 🙂
October 24, 2013 11:31 pm|
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.
October 25, 2013 7:08 pm|
Agree completley, Reshma! Self-defense course is a must for all of us! And yes, a first-aid course is a must too!
October 25, 2013 7:07 am|
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.
October 25, 2013 7:11 pm|
Agree with you and Reshma. Self defense courses should be an important priority for women, especially now-a-days!
October 25, 2013 10:34 am|
great tips and innovatively presented as always!
October 25, 2013 7:12 pm|
Thanks LP 🙂
October 25, 2013 10:49 am|
Verrry valid points and a very relevant post my dear!! I have downloaded an application VithU (avlbl in Play store for android) have a look at it!
October 25, 2013 7:18 pm|
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. 🙂
October 25, 2013 6:17 pm|
This is excellent advice. Self defense training would be good as someone previously mentioned.
October 25, 2013 7:21 pm|
Yes, self-defence classes is the best way to be prepared to protect yourself from any danger/threat!
October 26, 2013 12:54 am|
A to J…interesting. good way to build up 10 tips. good luck for competition.
October 26, 2013 11:18 am|
Thanks Sugandha! 🙂
October 26, 2013 6:38 am|
Very smart 10 tips here. I am sure our safety (to some extent) stays in our hands.
All I can say is ‘everybody stay safe’. God bless
October 26, 2013 11:19 am|
Oh yes, safety is in our hands too!! We need to be cautious considering the big bad world we are living in! 😐
October 26, 2013 7:59 am|
Very useful tips for self protection. Your presentation has made it easier to remember the tips.Every growing girl must know self defense tips.
October 26, 2013 11:20 am|
True, every woman must know how to defend herself in crisis! Thank you Ma’am 🙂
October 27, 2013 8:56 am|
And a very innovative style of writing…
All the best for the contest… !!!
October 27, 2013 10:10 pm|
Thanks a lot, L 🙂
October 28, 2013 12:57 pm|
practical and useful listing, shilpa.
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