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31.    If someone attempts to rob you with a weapon, try to keep very calm and do not make any quick movements. Cooperate with the predator by giving them any valuables they may be demanding from you.

32.    If someone attempts to force or con you into going with them, turn and run "like lighting" while screaming at the top of your lungs for help.

33.    If someone is chasing after you, run away in a zig zag pattern. This will exhaust your attacker.

34.    Speak up. Do not be afraid to speak to someone to ask them to not come closer if approaching you in a parking lot. Do not be afraid to yell for help if they don’t stop. Do not be afraid to speak loudly to someone so that you can get the attention of others nearby. Do not be afraid to let your wishes be known that you do not want to be harmed. Might you be embarrassed if it turns out that you misunderstood the situation? What’s a few minutes embarrassment when you read a situation incorrectly and ask for help compared to a situation where you stood and froze, too scared to say something because you didn’t want to embarrass yourself and were harmed.

35.    Scream, yell, command - use your voice!

36.    Do not make yourself a target.

37.    Wearing flashy jewelry (showing you have something valuable to steal), wearing restrictive clothing (unable to run or defend yourself), carrying more than you can manage, not paying attention to what’s going on around you, leaving valuables in plain site, leaving your garage open, flashing money (do not show everything in your wallet when trying to pay) are all ways to make yourself a target.

38.    Hold yourself confidently, act wisely, do not be a target.

39.    Crime is possible, even in the nicest of neighborhoods. As you move through the city, make sure you stay alert to where you are and what is going on around you. It is very easy to “space-out” while listening to music or reading messages on your phone. Walk with purpose, keep your eyes up, and scan your surroundings.

40. Make sure you know where you are going. If you know ahead of time how to get to your destination, this will decrease the chances of getting lost. Search the location on Google Maps and see the routes before going. If you can, call the location’s number to confirm the event, a day before going.

41. Switch on Google Maps when you go out. That way, you can always check where you are quickly, even if you lose your way.

42. To avoid “chain snatching” in Bengaluru, cover your neck properly making it difficult for predators driving by to snatch the chain.

Wear artificial gold jewelry when on walks. Keep your precious jewelry in the safe or for use only on special and safe occasions.

43. Do not walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.

44. When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.

45. Avoid alleys, parks, vacant lots, and dark parking areas after hours. Even if a short-cut presents itself, especially if unknown, it may be better to go the long away or take a taxi.

46. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend to accompany you home from the bar or to run an errand with you.

47. Keep an eye on your belongings. Make sure your bag or purse is closed. If your bag is open and you sling it over your shoulder, it will be very easy for a thief to grab items such as your cell phone when you aren’t looking. This is especially true on the Metro or bus where there is crowding and jostling.

48. Maintain a grip on your bag or purse whenever possible. If you hold onto your bag, it will be harder for someone to grab it from you. Make your bag harder to grab by putting it between your legs or securely under your seat at a restaurant. Keep it away from the doors on the Metro where someone could easily grab it and run off the train.

49. Consider carrying your wallet in your front pocket. It is harder to pick a front pocket than a back pocket.

50. If you think someone is following you, cross the street or walk faster. Try to go toward a lighted area, a store, or a group of people.

51. Avoid altercations. If someone on the street says something to you, it is best to just keep walking. Making eye contact or responding to their slurs or catcalls could escalate a situation very quickly.

52. If your purse or bag is snatched, don’t fight. Give it up rather than risk injury. The thief is far more interested in your valuables than harming you. Your iPhone is not worth jeopardizing your safety.

53. When walking alone, women should avoid being distracted and should pay attention to their surroundings.

54. Women also should present strong body language and walk confidently.

55. Predators will test your boundaries to see how close they can get to you. If a woman feels threatened, she should lower her center of gravity, stand with her feet apart and knees slightly bent, and say "no" or "back off."

56. Practice using your peripheral vision. Do not too much on only what is going on in front of you, when threats could be lurking from all sides.

57. Have a plan of action in place. When a person is physically threatened, fear can cause a surge of adrenaline to rush through the body, but this could cause a person to freeze up and panic. You cannot formulate a plan when you're in a state of panic. If you already have a plan set in your head, you're more likely to react well under severe distress.

58. A predator’s game plan is using the element of surprise. The best defense is to come up with a couple of surprises of your own.

59. Every predator has two fears - getting caught or getting hurt. When you don't act as the predator expects you to, you ruin his plan.

60. One way to fight back is to be verbal. Let them know you know they are there. Calling them out might cause them to back off.

61. And even if a predator says, “Don't scream or yell,” women should still be vocal. Yelling or screaming will attract attention, which can save your life."

62. Fight to escape. Although women can be strong, men have certain physical advantages over women, including upper-body strength, height and body frame. They can use terror tactics too.

63. Women should not struggle against an assailant's greatest strengths and exhaust themselves. Instead, they should wait for the moment when he is distracted.

64. A man will close in on your space, so use that close proximity to strike back.

65. Use simple, primal moves - strike the eyes, throat or groin - or use the heel of both of your palms to clap him hard on both ears, which will disorient him.  

66. Give the move you make 100 percent so you have a chance to run.

67. If someone tries to rob you, give up your property, do not give up your life.

68. If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

69. Carry only the money you will need on a particular day.

70. Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.

Last modified: Thursday, 13 April 2017, 8:47 PM