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I like to share a personal protection or active self-defense idea for you so that you can better protect yourself today. I’m going to share the three parking-lot safety tips that every woman should know to feel better protected.
The first tip is I want you to pay attention to where you park your car. I want you to start parking by lights. It seems very simple it seems very basic but so many of us just look at what’s the closest spot and we don’t necessarily pay attention to where it’s located.
If it’s by a light if it’s by a security camera or anything like that by parking by a light you can guarantee that your car is going to be seen which means you’re going to be seen. A would-be attacker’s goal is to not cause a commotion to not draw attention to themselves because they don’t want to get caught.
By parking in a dark spot in your parking lot or parking really far away from any light you’re making yourself a little bit more of a target because you’re not going to be a seen. Make sure your parking by a light that way when you go into the store at four o’clock and you get out and it’s already dark you still have some protection because you’re under a light.
The second tip I want you to do is I want you to keep your cell phone out of your hands. A lot of us will use our cell phone or walk between cars to scroll on Facebook to send that text message and you’re not really paying attention to your surroundings.
You’re not making eye contact with people that walk past you and you’re not looking at the cars that you’re next to. I want you to put your phone in either your back pocket or a jacket pocket and not necessarily your purse and here’s why.
If you have your purse and you’re walking through a parking lot and someone comes up to grab your purse I’m gonna let them have it because there is nothing in that bag that is worth me potentially getting hurt, shot or stabbed.
I’m gonna let them have it but because my cell phone is in my back pocket and I can now pull it out and call the police to report the incident. I can also call my bank and my credit card and any other cards that I have to cancel all of them because I had their phone numbers programmed into my phone.
This robber is probably going get $20 worth of cash, if that. I hardly ever carry cash anymore. They’ll get a bag full of old receipts some crackers and a sippy cup because I’m a mom. So fine, let them have the hand bag. That bag is replaceable of my wallet is replaceable.
The third tip goes along with this and I want you to have your pepper spray in your hand. There is a keychain system where you put your pepper spray on a breakaway key chain to have it at a moment’s notice. When you get out of your vehicle I want you to go ahead and have that key with your pepper spray or that key chain with the pepper spray in your hand, ready to go.
To recap, I’ve got pepper spray in my hand and someone comes up and takes my purse well I can pop the canister open and spray them as best I can all while trying to let them go the opposite direction.
When I’m in a safe area, I report the incident to the police via cell also tell them I’ve hit them with my pepper spray and its got a UV indicator in it. The perp will probably glow under a black light for a few days.
Above are the three tips I want every woman to know so make sure that they are better protected. Please teach this to your children, help your in-laws, your mother and your grandmother. You can help every woman you know feel better protected walking through a parking lot. In today’s world the Walmart parking lot is becoming a scary place an a mall parking lot is even scarier.
Just employing these three tactics to keep you protected may save your life or that of someone you love.