Let’s face it, safety is one of our biggest concerns today, and not just for women, for everyone. We’ve all been scared for our lives and safety at some point in our lives, and nobody forgets that feeling you get when you suddenly know you’re in danger. These are the desperate times when we wish that we had taken some precautions, did something to keep ourselves safe, but for some, that’s too late.
Here are a few tips that we gathered to help you prepare for the worst and to help you protect yourself and the people with you when it matters the most.
1 – Get to know the place better before you visit
Getting in trouble in an unfamiliar place is far more dangerous than in a place that you know about. Nobody can be certain about when and where danger will strike, but we can be prepared. You can get to know so much about a place with just a simple search on the internet and it only takes a minute, the idea is to get to know the place you’re about to visit a little better.
Search for places that the locals consider dangerous. Find out times that are the safest for your visit. Look for experiences from other travelers, you’ll get to know the place with a similar perspective. Select your time of visit, the place you’re going to stay at and schedule your tour based on the information that you gather from the search.
Just a five minutes search on the internet could help you evade danger and make your visit much safer and enjoyable.
2 – Travel Smart and be aware
While enjoying the experience of a new place, we tend to lose awareness about our surroundings, our belongings, and our friends and family, this becomes the perfect time for perpetrators to make their move. You need to take your time and travel smart – plan your route, walk briskly, be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out for danger.
Most of the time the perpetrators stalk you before making their move, look out for anyone who seems to be following you, trust your instincts and if you think someone is out to harm you contact the authorities immediately, run to a crowded area and ask for help.
Traveling smart and being aware makes a lot of difference. The perpetrators can easily identify who is keeping an eye out and would never risk getting caught.
3 – Install the PikMe App on your phone
Name one thing that you keep on you at all times – exactly!
Everybody has a smartphone, and they can be lifesavers when you get in trouble. The PikMe app has a unique three-layer crowdsourced SOS alert system that fetches help from the local authorities, your emergency contacts and the people around you simultaneously with just a touch of a button.
What makes it different from other SOS apps in the market is the ability of PikMe to get help from the nearest source possible, which is, the people around you. Time can be the difference between life and death in the worst situations, PikMe solves this problem by getting help from the crowd, the authorities and your emergency contacts. The app shares a distress message with your live location to all three of these layers making it extremely easy for people to respond fast and find you easily. It’s an amazing and truly reliable solution for everyone’s safety.
Think about it, the idea that even if you get in danger, help will always be seconds away gives you a boost of confidence and the relief that we all desire the most. Apart from all this, the PikMe app also provides you with other world-class convenience services like extremely safe specialized rides and Local Markets from within the app itself, adding to your travel experience and making it much more convenient and enjoyable.
4 – Guard your personal property
Perpetrators look for easy targets – Don’t be one!
While traveling, always make sure to keep your valuables inside your front pockets or your bags, this will make you a less likely target for someone looking for easy grabs. Keep your bags and backpacks in front of you or tightly tucked under your arm to make them difficult to access, and try not to look too conscious about it or you’ll turn up looking like someone carrying something very valuable – You don’t want that.
This one is a little obvious but still, try not to shine like a diamond when you’re traveling, wearing a lot of jewelry can make you a valuable target and get you in unwanted trouble before you know it. Try not to carry a lot of cash on you, and if you do carry cash, keep it tucked away out of sight – your socks and shoes are your best friend when you’re hiding cash, but if you’re from Chicago, you probably knew it already.
5 – Learn to fight
When it comes down to the ‘fight or flight’ moment, running away is mostly safer and honestly, a smarter choice but if it’s not an option, you have to know how to defend yourself. Even if you can’t win, you can definitely buy some time for help to arrive – a few more seconds can save your life!
Learn to fight, take some self-defense lessons. Basic hand-to-hand combat training can be the difference between life and death if the danger is life-threatening. Working out and staying fit also helps, not only in keeping you safe but it improves the overall quality of the life that you live. Always remember – Nothing is more important than your life.
But again, if you can diffuse a situation or simply have an option to run away from the danger, don’t think twice, it’s always better to save your life than trying to pick a losing fight.
These were our 5 tips for you to help you stay safe, wherever you go.
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