Whether you are at the office late, or heading to your car after a lovely dinner, the walk alone can be terrifying. You’re not alone in your fear. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make sure your nighttime trek is a safe one. Let Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law give you a few safety tips for journeying alone at night.
Before you head out, you should always tell a family member or close friend where you plan to be and when you expect to arrive and be back. Also, give them a call or a text message every once in a while to let them know you’re OK. This way, they know something is wrong if they don’t hear from you.
While informing someone of your plans may seem unnecessary, it is oftentimes helpful in cases of emergencies. Don’t take any risks. Tell someone where you’re going.
The streets of Alabama can be treacherous. You’ll want to carry some form of protection on you at all times. Both pepper spray and stun guns are legal in Alabama, so you should have at least one with you. However, do not carry such a defensive weapon if you do not know how to use it. Train yourself on proper usage before committing yourself to carrying your weapon during the night. Look for local colleges that may offer self defense trainings as well.
We don’t recommend fighting as your default option when you encounter a stranger on the streets. If someone wants your property, you’re safer by just giving it to them. If you are in a situation where you cannot escape and your life is threatened, however, these weapons will come in handy. Fight as hard as you can, and aim for vulnerable areas such as the eyes or groin. After your encounter, file a report with the police. Then, contact Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law if you were injured.
Appearances Can Attract Predators
The truth of the matter is that your appearance can have a lot to do with whether thieves and other assailants choose you as their next victim. You should dress inconspicuously. Try not to wear clothes that are too flashy or revealing if you know you will be walking alone. While you can dress however you want, more revealing clothing may attract predators. Nighttime is an especially vulnerable period, so keep yourself under wraps, and try to blend in with the crowd.
In addition to managing what you wear, you should always act confidently. Confidence is another deterrent for predators. So, always walk with your back straight and your shoulders back, and don’t wander aimlessly. If you act like you know exactly what you’re doing, chances are, you present less of a target. However, if you wander around and seem like you have no clue what you’re doing, you just made yourself an easy target.
Know Your Route
You should always know how you plan on getting to and also from your destination. Nighttime is not a good time to try out new and unfamiliar routes. Take a familiar route. If possible, travel along well-lit pathways. Additionally, darkness is never your friend; remember this! If you can, you should carry a flashlight with you to light your way. This helps make your path easier to see and deter potential predators from attacking you.
Watch your surroundings at all times! Avoid distractions. You shouldn’t wear headphones or other devices that may impede your ability to judge your surroundings. Stay focused on your destination. Keep your head up, and always take note of the people around you.
If you are at a bar, always keep your drink with you, and never lose sight of it. Criminals may try to spike your drink when you lower your guard. If you must set your drink down unattended, the safest route is to just get a new one. It also never hurts to befriend the bartender, just in case something does goes wrong. Let them know if you feel unsafe, and they can help you out.
Don’t Carry Valuables
One of the most important things you can do is to not carry valuables. Leave your jewelry at home. Lock other important valuables in your vehicle, if you have one, or place them in your front pocket. The front pocket is a better choice than back pockets since you are more aware of what is in front of you, not what’s behind you. Also, pickpockets are less likely to target you if you store your valuables in your front pocket.
One thing you should carry, however, is a whistle. In addition to pepper spray or a stun gun, a whistle can be an invaluable deterrent. Predators hate noise, so carrying a whistle is quite literally a life saver. If you ever feel unsafe at night, blow the whistle. This will not only deter predators but also attract others to come to your aid.
Trust Your Instincts
When in doubt, trust your instincts. Your instincts exist for a reason – to protect you! If you ever feel uncomfortable, don’t be ashamed to leave. No matter where you are or what situation you’re in, you should always feel safe.There is no reason to stay in a situation that makes you uncomfortable and that could possible even harm you. Stay safe and get out. Then, find your way home as soon as you can.
Have Questions About Nighttime Attacks?
If you or a loved one has been attacked or otherwise harmed by another in Alabama at night, contact Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law. Our lawyers are experts when it comes to personal injury law, and we are here to help you 24/7. You can reach us by calling (256) 533-5000.
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