Being alone out in the world can be dangerous, but is also necessary or appealing for some people. Be cautious when alone but don’t avoid being on your own simply because something might happen. Something can happen anytime, anywhere. You just need to be prepared for anything that could happen. If you are going out alone, here are a few tips to keep you safe:
- Be alert by keeping your eyes and ears open, and your hands free. Use a backpack, shoulder bag, or purse to hold your valuables close to your body allowing your hands to be free. Keep distractions to a minimum. Don’t be talking on the phone or listening to music when walking alone as you may not be able to hear someone coming up behind you. Only use your phone to notify your friends or family of your whereabouts or to call for help.
- Stay on lighted pathways or in the view of people. Having witnesses around may help keep predators away from you on your outing.
- Always make sure that someone knows where you are, where you are going and when you will be home. That same person should be someone that you can text or call when you reach your destination.
- Make sure you know where to find help or know who to call in case of an emergency. This could be 9-1-1 or your local campus police, or someone else that you trust. Make sure that you have a plan for what to do before you actually need the plan.
- Have different walking routes with safe houses along the way to stop at should you need help or somewhere to hide from a potential predator.
- Know where to hit an attacker should the situation call for such action. Eyes, knees, throat and groin are all good places to hit someone. If a fight is needed, your first move must be quick and forceful as it may your only chance.
There are many resources in Athens for self-defense classes or other information, including http://www.safeathens.com/.