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by Charles (Chuck) Robey
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"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee".(Isaiah 26:3)

The world that we live in is full of opportunists and criminals. And, women's safety is an ever increasing security concern. It's very sad that ‘the hand that rocks the cradle,’ no more rules the world. In fact ladies are more vulnerable in the world, than are men.

Especially, in the business world, as ladies are always attending nightly functions such as banquets, trade shows, training seminars, etc. And, Christian ladies are no exception.

During my tenure as a security professional, one of the more frequent concerns among the ladies was their personal safety.. These tips are designed to basically assist ladies in these type close quarters situations. )

RULE # 1- Always be prepared for the unknown. A proactive, rather than a reactive, approach should always be considered.

Self protection is a very sensitive matter but one that should be addressed. Realizing, of course, not everyone is physically fit enough to take on the most robust would be assailant . Obviously, the best protection is to stay out of compromising situations but this is not always possible, as we individuals need a certain amount of freedom to go about our daily routines.

The three reasons women are easy targets for random acts of violence are:
1) Lack of Awareness - You MUST know where you are & what's going on around you.

2) Body Language - Keep your HEAD UP, swing your arms, stand straight up.

3) Wrong Place, Wrong Time - DON'T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a bad neighborhood at night.

In my former life, as a deputy Sheriff, I was privileged to be on a self defense training team which specialized in " women's protection". With this in mind, I offer the following "common sense" preventative measures. These measures are due to years of research and experience. They are not all together inclusive for personal protection, nor are they a panacea for protection. However, hopeful the tips will prompt you to put on your "thinking cap" and build on its content. The local library and internet are good sources for additional safety tips.

--Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
--If a robber ask for your wallet or purse, do not hand it over. Toss it away from you. Chances are that the robber is more interested in your wallet or purse than you, and the robber will go for the wallet or purse. Then run like mad in the other direction.
--Always be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
--When walking to your car, always have your keys out and ready. In fact, in close contact keys may be a good weapon against an intruder.
--If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, if possible, kick out the back tail light and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
--Women have a tendency to get into their cars, after shopping, eating, working etc., and just sit doing their check book, or making a list, etc The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for the crook to get in. on the passenger's side and assault you. As soon as you get into the car, lock all doors and leave.
--If someone is in your car with a gun pointing towards you, do not drive off. Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat, they will get the worse of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
--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 car, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to retreat and get a guard or policeman to walk you back out.
--Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at night.
--If the predator has a gun and you are not under the predator's control, always run. Run in a zigzag pattern. You have a much better chance of surveying a fatal shot than remaining with the predator.
--Women are always trying to be sympatric: Stop, it may get you raped or killed. Ted Bulby, the serial killer, was a good looking, well educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspected women. He would walk with a cane, or limp, and often asked for help into his vehicle, which is when he would abduct his next victim.
--Carry your cell phone, keep 911 ready on speed dial, so that in case of danger you may just dial one key.
--Keep safety sprays and probably a pocket knife in your bag if you have to travel at night.
-Keep your vehicle remote control handy, and use the panic button if necessary.

Even if in a crowded area, women should avoid eye contact with any stranger as that is actually considered as a signal of invitation. Especially the woman should avoid any eye contact with an unknown male stranger as that might lead to sexual harassment cases. A person, especially a lady should always be aware of the person approaching her in a crowded area as otherwise there maybe cases of molestation. It is always advised to move in a group or stay close to the known people when in a crowded place, otherwise anybody could get lost. The best way to stay safe is to avoid any sort of crowd, especially unruly crowds. And even if one is forced to travel through a crowded area then he or she should follow these few safety measures to protect him from any kind of undesired happenings.

Remember, there are many structural and procedural preventive measures, most of which do not hinder your normal activity in the dog world, which will tend to deter criminal activity and keep you safe. Ideally, these measures will be so subtle that they will not offend your daily activity. The best advice here is just use "good common sense". So, good luck to and from your many dog events.

Remember !
Once you are in the clutches of the attacker, it is hard to free yourself. So scream and run when you feel someone is approaching or following you. Since criminals prefer secrecy in doing evil deeds, it is logical that they would not attract attention from others and let you go.
The internet is full of women's safety suggestions. Just remember, you don't necessarily need formal training to protect yourself. If the situation arises, just keep a "cool head", use your women's "sixth sense" and rely on your "common sense" to get you through the occasion.

Psalm 91 (Amplified Version) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty whose power no foe can withstand. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I confidently trust!

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