In today’s heavily populated cities, there are far too many news stories of a walk home in the evening gone wrong. Thankfully, these reports have caused many to become hyper-aware of avoiding dangerous situations and learning to protect themselves. While it is becoming easier to avoid those sketchy, dark alleys, there are still extra precautions you can take to improve your safety. Included here are a few tools you can use to protect yourself in any situations that have the potential to become dangerous.
Many women have become accustomed to walking with their phone in their hand when out alone or in the dark. Excitingly enough, there are even better options and apps that can be set up on your phone to have it working for you. Don’t just let your phone sit in your hand lifeless, install an app like WatchMe911, with 6 different alert systems. One feature is the ability to have it “monitor” situations. For instance, if you estimate your daily run will take you 30 minutes, you can set the app to count down 30 minutes, and if you are not back and able to turn it off in that time it will send an alert to the police and your loved ones of your GPS location. If you pull up the “panic” screen in an uncomfortable situation tapping the screen twice with your finger will call 911 and send text and email alerts of your GPS location to preselected contacts.
This seems like a simple tool but can become immeasurably useful in dangerous situations. This flashlight is heavy duty enough to serve as a hand-to-hand combat weapon if someone was attacking you. Fortunately, the high powered 700 lumens of light are strong enough to temporarily blind your assailant and allow you time to escape if they have not gotten ahold of you. In the instance of a car accident, this flashlight is capable of breaking out your windows and flashing an SOS or strobe setting. Light and small enough to be placed in any purse or backpack, there is no reason you should not be carrying this extra precaution with you on a daily basis.
While this may seem like an extreme measure to some, tasers are a reliable form of protection against assailants. Tasers are sold in full-size and miniature versions and can be carried by civilians. They are easy to use and can easily fit in pockets and purses. Most people are able to learn how to use this tool in a matter of minutes and do not need any technical training. Tasers do not hurt your attacker permanently, they merely disable bodily movements long enough for you to escape. Tasers are very affordable as a long-term protection method and are usually effective from up to 15 feet away. This means you could stop your attacker long before they are close enough to cause any bodily harm to you.