I've said it before and I'll say it again. Women can never be too careful! We always have to be on the alert whenever we are alone, and that includes in our own homes. Keep your doors and windows locked at all times and learn some basic self-defense moves. Better yet, take a class and get certified in a martial art that appeals to you.
I learned these pointers years ago and follow them to this day:
Always have your cell phone with you and let people know where you're going.
Try not to be out alone but if you are, carry a sharp object (such as a pencil, pen, or key) in your dominant hand. If someone comes at you, jam that object up on the side of their head, by the eye, and pull it towards you. This will pop their eye out and give you a chance to escape.
Mace is another great weapon but keep in mind on a windy day it may spray on you.
Park close to a building and under a light, especially at night.
When you are approaching your car, look around you and see who is parked close by. Be cautious of any men sitting in their cars, darkened windows, or any running vehicles.
Pay attention to underneath your car as well. Sometimes predators hide under there and grab you as you are getting in the car.
Have your keys ready and get in and lock the doors immediately.
Start your car and drive away. Don't sit there and fiddle with your purse or other items.
If someone grabs you, scream as loud as you can and yell "Help" or "Fire".
Try to hit or kick them where it hurts. You can stomp on the top of their foot, kick their knee, kick their groin, punch their windpipe, or punch their nose. If you take your palm and push it in and up on their nose you can do serious damage (and possibly kill them so keep that in mind).
If your arms and legs are pinned down, you can still use your head. Pull it back as far as you can and then forcefully hit the person with your head.
Biting is another option.
If you are thrown into a car do whatever you can to cause an accident.
If you are thrown into a trunk, kick the lights out and stick your hand out the hole to draw attention.
It's sad that we can't trust strangers, including women, but I would also recommend that you use caution when someone approaches you and asks for help, directions, etc.
I would love to hear what self-defense tactics our fit and fearless female readers use! Feel free to comment below.
Teaching young girls self-defense is not only a smart safety tactic, but can also boost their self-esteem.