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1. Learn how to use a weapon. Anyone willing to attack a woman will likely have a weapon. A weapon with you is an advantage. It levels the playing field. But you must know how to properly use it. Ask a friend or do some research on how to properly use a knife, pepper spray, or taser. Preparedness is the greatest form of confidence.
2. Carry a weapon only if you’re trained and willing to use it.
3. Some women choose to carry pepper spray or a firearm as a method of defense. While that’s fine, make sure that you know how to use your weapon of choice properly and effectively. Also, don’t carry anything if you’re not willing to use it because then it just becomes something that the bad guy can take and use against you.
4. Pepper spray: Pros and cons. However, it is important to understand that there can be significant drawbacks to its use. For example, did you know that it doesn’t work on everyone? Surprisingly, 15-20% of people will not be incapacitated even by a full-face spray.
Also, if you’re carrying it in your purse, you will waste time and alert the attacker to your intentions while you fumble for it. Never depend on any self-defense tool or weapon to stop an attacker. Trust your body and your wits, which you can always depend on in the event of an attack.
5. Key chain - twist it and use as a sharp tool.
6. Buy and learn how to use your gun.
7. Do not go out and buy a pretty little gun, put it in a purse and never touch it again. When the time comes to use it, will you be able to draw it safely? Will you know how to get it off safely? Will you know how to aim and shoot? Will you know how to take care of a jam? Will you know how to reload?
Get out to a range and learn to shoot your weapon. Learn how to handle it safely. Practice drawing and dry firing (if your gun works well, or get snap caps to use). Practice with your husband or wife or friend acting as an attacker so that you can practice how you will react.
Practice safely, but practice. Knowing how to use your gun effectively and safely will allow you to have another layer of defense between you and an attacker. Too many times, people who don’t know how to handle their weapons end up with said weapon turned against them. Don’t be that man or woman.
8. Have peepholes in front doors, especially if there is no side window to see who is outside the door.
9. Use your mobile phone smartly. Save numbers of friends and family on speed dial. Ensure that your phone is fully charged. Keep numbers of helplines, police stations and ambulances handy.
10. There are some safety applications for women to track your movements and there are provisions like auto dialling (your friends/family) and alarms. Download these apps.