4 Tips for Women to Increase Levels of Safety

For some women, the fear of being assaulted tops the list of their concerns.

Whether they’ve dealt with this matter before or it has just recently come to light, there is a genuine fear that their safety could be in jeopardy at any point and time.

With that in mind, some women will do whatever is necessary to protect themselves at all times.

In the event you are one of those women, do you feel as if you are doing everything you can to keep yourself safe?

From taking self-defense classes to owning a gun, there are a myriad of things you can do to lessen the chances of becoming a physical assault victim.

So, are you ready to increase your levels of safety?

Where to Begin?

For you to feel as safe as possible, remember the following four tips:

  1. Actions

Although no one should ever blame you if you’re attacked, you can lessen the chances of that happening by using commonsense (just as men should too).

For instance, do your best to vary your routine, thereby making it less likely a criminal can pick up on your daily comings and goings.

Not having a predictable routine and/or giving out your vacation schedule online (social media etc.) are quite important, especially when it comes to traveling. The last thing you want to do is give criminals a great opportunity to break-in to your residence and/or be waiting for you when you return home.

Also, look to travel with at least one friend if you are coming and going late in the evening/early morning hours from restaurants, clubs, bars etc. Some women (especially younger ones of college age etc.) are purposefully targeted at certain times of the day.

Finally, don’t be afraid to tell a close family member or friend your schedule, meaning someone will know where you’re likely to be at most times of the day.

  1. Guns

Although some women will steer clear of guns for one reason or another, countless others find them to be the best weapon possible to protect them and their loved ones.

With that in mind, you are best-served when you research guns and how one can protect you, especially in your home.

To start with, learn about which gun may be best for your needs, needs that typically mean defending yourself in your home.

One of the best ways to find the right gun is by visiting a shooting range. With one likely near where you live, you can try out different guns, seeing which one you are most comfortable with. Visiting a gun range on several occasions also allows you to get more comfortable using the weapon of your choice.

From there, make sure any gun you purchase is not only easy to use, but is properly stored at home.

When reviewing holsters, find one that can secure your weapon in an area that is close to you, typically a nightstand or cabinet. If you have children in the home, make sure the gun is locked and out of their reach.

  1. Self-Defense

If you have not thought about taking a self-defense class or two in the past, now might be a good time to do so.

Such classes are great in terms of not only teaching you different techniques to defend yourself when confronted with danger, but also providing you with more confidence when out and about on your own.

Much like gun training, find a facility that is highly renowned for its self-defense courses.

Best of all, try and take a female family member and/or friend with you to the courses. You not only will help them learn self-defense, but you’ll be more inclined to attend when you have a familiar face or two with you.

  1. Dogs

As cute as some dogs might appear, don’t take their cuteness as an inability to defend not only themselves, but their owners.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog not only for companionship, but also to defend you in and out of your home, you’re certainly not alone.

Many women feel safer when they have a trusted four-legged friend by their side.

In the event someone is thinking about attacking another individual (notably a woman), they will oftentimes think twice when a sizable guard dog is with that individual.

If you are considering getting a dog, be sure to check around to see which breeds are not only at their best in defending humans, but also being good partners 24/7 around the home.

While there is never a 100 percent guarantee of your safety, you can do different things to greatly reduce the odds of being the next victim.

 

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