Nearly 65% of women do NOT carry a personal safety tool while traveling to and from work. These tips are good to keep in mind during your commute home both for those living in urban and rural areas.
- Carry keys in your hand as well as a personal safety product. Keys in hand makes for less time being vulnerable standing outside looking for them.
- Don’t let your guard down and stay alert. Don’t walk with your head down, wear headphones or be absorbed in your cell phone. Don’t carry valuables in plain sight.
- Trust your gut - if you feel like someone is tailing you, alert someone or contact authorities immediately. If posible cross the street and walk into a public place with people that's well-lit, such as a gas station or store.
- Practice driving safety. Don’t text and drive and wear your seatbelt.
- Carry an emergency car kit and keep pepper spray or gel accessible when in the car. The quick release key ring means your keys can be in the ignition and you’ll be able to access pepper spray as well.
- If you have a stranger who aggressively volunteers their help, they’re insistent and don’t take your first rebuff - this is a red flag! Someone with good intentions will back off.
- If you're taking public transit, sit near the front, near the driver/operator. You'll be seen and heard more quickly than if you're in the back of the bus.
- Avoid waiting outside at bus stops or train stations when there aren't a lot of passersby around. Most transit department have apps now that tell you when a bus or train is approaching so you can plan ahead, and wait in a building nearby until your ride is almost there.
- Be sure to lock your doors when you get home!