Safety, one of the biggest daily concerns in South Africa. The sad reality is that we live in an increasingly violent society, making personal safety a priority, especially in the lives of women. We have collated 12 Safety Tips that every woman in South Africa should know and practice.
#1 Constantly Be Aware of Your Surroundings
An important component of self-defence is awareness. The worst thing is when you have no idea who or what is around you. While it is so easy to be busy with daily duties, it is important to practice being aware of yourself and your surroundings to eliminate the element of surprise which predators capitalise on.
#2 Limit Your Distractions
In a world where technology is an essential part of our daily lives and a source of safety, it could also be a distraction. Keep your phone handy but avoid using it or listening to music when on the move in order to stay alert.
#3 Use Technology to Stay Safer
Thanks to the changing technology. We women have some help at hand with Safety Apps like Never Go Alone. When activated on your phone, friends can live-track your journey and with simply tapping the Emergency Button, your Emergency Contacts get notified and an Armed Response vehicle is on it’s way to your location. Try now!
#4 Share Your Location
It’s important to always tell someone of your whereabouts and share your coordinates with them especially when traveling alone
#5 When Driving…
Always lock your doors and put away any valuables while driving. This applies for anytime of the day.
#6 Never Pull Over
Predators may place objects in the road or points to your car pretending something is wrong. Never pull over, rather drive to the closest garage or police station for assistance. Or simply, register for our Never Go Alone App and press the Emergency Button to send out an alert.
#7 Know Exactly Who’s At Your Front Door
Never open the door without knowing exactly who is on the other side of it and don’t trust strangers too quickly.
#8 Make Eye Contact
When making eye contact, you send a strong defensive signal that you see them and could identify them should that be necessary. Make eye contact and nod as acknowledgement
#9 Never Leave Your Handbag Unattended
Predators are very quick and sly. As women we carry a lot in our handbags especially personal information such as your address which could put you at further risk.
#10 Trust Your Instincts
Women have great intuition. Listen and trust your instincts about someone or a situation.
#11 Take a Self-Defense Class
If you want to make sure you know what to do in case of an attack – Take a self-defense class. Take the time to learn new ways to fend off an attacker and make sure you practice them regularly to protect yourself and your family.
# 12 Never, Ever Give Up!
This is the No. 1 Rule! No matter what happens, never stop fighting and giving up. Keep fighting and have faith that you will persevere. Don’t let someone else rob you of your dreams and goals.