Always be aware of your surroundings and potentially dangerous people, especially when walking alone late at night. Let a friend or family member know what time you expect to be home so he or she can make sure you’ve arrived safely.
Women who are alone are easy targets for potential attackers, so avoid walking alone after dark whenever possible. Ask a coworker to walk you to your car after work, or make use of safety escort services, which are available on many college campuses.
If you’re concerned for your safety, make eye contact with the potential attacker so you can identify him or her later, if necessary. Fear of being identified will deter most attackers.
Avoid texting or talking on the phone while walking alone. Doing so will distract you from potential danger and make defending yourself against an attacker much more difficult.
Attackers often strike in empty stairwells, so take the elevator instead. Stand close to the door so if someone makes you uneasy you can exit quickly.
Every woman should know basic self-defense techniques. Consider taking a class or attending a seminar to learn how to stay safe and defend yourself against potential attackers.
Self-defense maneuvers may not be enough to deter a bigger, stronger attacker, so carry mace or a stun gun with you as back up. Both items will immediately incapacitate a potential attacker and give you time to get away.