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September 11, 2009

Avoiding & Deterring Criminals: Safety Tips for Women

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Here are a few more safety hints and tricks for safety savvy women - they're potentially life-saving. Reading them may make you paranoid - especially if you see a lot of horror movies, but it's better to be knowledgeable and paranoid than unprepared for something life-threatening.


1. When getting into your car in a parking lot 
or parking garage, be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat. If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. It's better to be paranoid than dead.


2. At night, always take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone - they’re the perfect crime spot.


3. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, always run! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!


4. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: Stop. It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim. Also remember the Crying Baby Theory: serial killers will often have methods such as playing a recording of a baby crying outside women’s windows when they are home alone, or turning on outside taps so that when women go outside to investigate, they can attack.


For more tips, visit RTM's Travel or Auto Safety & Security sections.


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