#16 If you are traveling overseas, the best way to carry
your passport is in a holder that goes around your neck and tucks into your shirt or blouse. Money and credit cards can usually
be put in this holder also. This is the best way to protect yourself from pickpockets.
#17 When traveling by taxi get out of the taxi with all your luggage & belongings before paying the fare. If
you pay before getting out, the taxi might "accidently" drive off after you get out, but prior to you getting your
#18 Check into the hotel with the initials of your
first name concealing to others which gender you are. Have the bellman accompany you to your room with your bags. Have him
check out the entire room and closets to make sure you don't have a "visitor."
#19 With the world the way it is today, when you are traveling overseas you should leave all of your clothes that
have USA or other logos associated with Americans at home. Don't advertise that you are an American, rather in some parts
of the world you may want to be Canadian, a New Zealander, etc. You don't want some extremist to decide this is his day to
grab an American.
#20 Learn some of the languages of the countries
you plan to visit. It will make your trip more interesting and the local people will appreciate your attempts to speak the
language no matter how much you butcher it. It will also allow you to communicate if you need help. By the way it doesn't
help them understand any better if you keep speaking louder and louder.
#21 Remember when you are in another country you are subject to their laws. Therefore be very careful when driving
and never ever have anything to do with drugs since the penalties can be very harsh.
#22 Never go alone with someone you've just met when they promise to take you to the best disco in town. Date rape
drugs can be more available in some foreign countries so take all of the precautions suggested in the book about watching
your drink and using the buddy system.
#23 Being aware of what
is going on around you is one of the most important factors in staying safe. As you are walking towards your car, look around
to see if anyone is loitering nearby or anything else looks suspicious. If it does, trust your intuition and return to the
store, office or back into your home. Your keys should be out ready to insert into the door lock and keep one finger on the
panic button of your car keys. If someone comes up suddenly, press the panic button which will start the horn honking and
lights flashing to attract attention. This recently saved a young Texas woman who was going to her car. Once the horn started
honking the criminals ran off. When you get into your car immediately lock the door, start the engine, put on your seat belt
#24 Find out what the emergency contact number for
your State Highway Patrol is - as an example in Missouri it is *55, in Texqas it is *77. This allows you to very quickly contact
law enforcement if necessary. You can always dial 911 and have the operator contact law enforcement, but a direct number is
quicker. Program your cell phone for your local police, sheriffs department, fire department etc. and you will be prepared
in an emergency.
#25 Texting while driving has become a very
serious safety issue. It is difficult if not impossible not to be distracted and having to look away from the road to the
phone no matter how good of a texter someone thinks they are. I am personally aware of a number of accidents due to texting
and nationwide it is a serious problem. If someone you know is texting while driving you need to get them to stop for their
safety and the safety of other people on the road.
child should be taught what to do if someone grabs them by the wrist. Review pages 48 to 50 of See Sally Kick Ass: A Woman's
Guide to Personal Safety for techniques on how to escape grasps.
Whenever possible go shopping or walking with a friend or friends. A criminal is less likely to target a group. If you have
been shopping and start to exit a store, but notice some unsavory characters outside, wait until a group of shoppers exit
the store and join them. You automatically become part of the group and less likely to attract the attention of someone with
#28 When you are walking to your car you should
already have your keys in your hand. Have a finger on the alarm button of the remote door opener and push it if you sense
any trouble. The car horn will start beeping and lights flashing which will dissuade someone because of all the commotion.
If there is no problem, you just pushed the button in error which we all do from time to time. Better to be a bit over-reactive
#29 This is the beginning of the new year and it
is time to make a commitment to enhancing your personal safety. Read through the book again for reminders of things you should
be incorporating in your everyday activities. Get with some friends and practice the self-defense techniques illustrated in
chapter 4 until they become familiar.
#30 Use the buddy system
when doing activities. Criminals are more likely to accost a single person than two or more people. So if you're shopping,
going for a walk or running for exercise go with a friend whenever possible. By the way it can be a four legged friend. If
you don't have a dog maybe you can borrow one from a neighbor that would appreciate their pet getting some additional exercise.
#31 Whenever possible back in to your parking place or pull
through so that you are heading out. This allows you to get in your car and immediately leave if there is a problem. You have
to back up some time and better to take the extra time when you park rather than when you might have to leaqve quickly. By
the way, the military are taught to back their vehicles in so that if necessary they can exit quickly under fire.
#32 If you get in your car and as you start to back out you notice a paper on your
back window, do not get out to take it off. Drive to a gas station or other populated area and then get out and take it off.
It has become a ploy now for criminals to put a piece of paper on the back window of a car and when the woman gets out to
take it off they confront her. See #31 - if you pulling straight out you don't have to worry about looking out the back window.
#33 See tip #28 regarding using the panic button on your car keys. This also works
even if you are in the house. If you are in your home and hear someone trying to break in, hit the panic button on your car
keys activating your car security alarm. Your car horn will start honking attracting your neighbors atttention and will keep
on until you deactivate it.
#34 Our natural instinct when someone
grabs the back of our jacket or coat is to bring our arms to our front and close to the chest to prevent them from taking
it. Instead relax your arms extending them backwards so the jacket/coat slides off your arms allowing you to run to safety.
#35 Practice! Make implementation of the safety tips part of your daily routine. You'll find in general they don't
take any more effort, but can dramatically reduce the probability of your being involved in an adverse situation. It's like
buckling up your seatbelt - make your personal safety a habit.
#36 3M makes a security
plastic film that is applied to glass to make it shatter proof. You might want to consider applying it to glass in doors to
prevent someone from breaking the glass and then reaching through and unlocking your door. Google 3M plastic film for a more
details and a distributor in your area.
#37 A motion detector light is relatively
inexpensive and can be installed by your outside doors to come on at night when anyone approaches. These can be purchased
at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Sometimes you can simply convert an existing light fixture by removing it and wiring in the
motion detector. TAKE ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND MAKE SURE THE CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR THAT FIXTURE IS OFF BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY
#38 As you are walking to your car in the parking lot make sure you
are aware of your surroundings and everything that is going on. As you get closer to your car you can look at the windows
and see the reflection to see what if anything might be trying to come up behind you. As always, have your keys out,
unlock your doors get in and immediately relock your doors, then leave. Don't sit there making phone calls or checking your
shopping list, a bad guy might have seen you getting in your car and you don't want to wait for him. Drive to a different
location and then check your shopping list etc.
#39 At night, high intensity flashlights
can be used to disrupt an attacker's night vision giving time for escape. I recently purchased at Sam's Club a pack of
two high intensity flashlights for $30 or $15 each. The brand was Element and uses LED technology. These flashlights
put out 150 lumens which is like looking into a flashbulb!! If you are walking around at night you can switch the flashlight
from regular beam to high intensity if you become alarmed by someone's approach. Directed at someone's eyes will make
them very uncomfortable and will disrupt their night vision. Read the warnings on the package.