Have you ever given the idea of safety rituals much thought? I bet, like me, you really haven’t. One reason is because many of our rituals are, in fact, habits. They’re things we do all the time without even thinking about them. But, since this website is about self-defense, and some women might not realize the importance of these rituals, I’m drafting a list.
In no particular order, these are safety habits that you might want to develop (if you haven’t already.)
- Close and lock your windows before going to bed. (This is especially important if they provide easy access to wherever you’re sleeping. Don’t make things easy for an intruder.)
- Get safety locks for your windows. They make it pretty difficult for someone to open the window.
- Get a lock for your bedroom door.
- Know how to get out of your bedroom through your window.
- Check around your car before you get inside.
- Lock your car doors the minute you get inside your car.
- Keep your purse on the floor or in the middle of the two front seats or place it in back between the two front seats (The distance from the passenger-side window is what’s important to consider here.) Smash & grab is a real thing.
- Going for a walk, but don’t have a dog? Take a walking stick with you. (And make sure you can hear what’s happening around you. Don’t zone out.) Actually, I do have a dog and I still carry a walking stick.
- Keep a weapon near your bed. It doesn’t have to be anything special, just something you know could cause a little damage and give you time to run.
- Keep your doors locked even when you’re home.
- Is there a stranger at the door? Ignore them if you weren’t expecting anyone, but check through a window so you know who’s there.
- Any person coming into your home needs to show company-issued ID.
- Don’t allow service people to wander around your house sight unseen. Let them know you’re tracking their movements.
- Always tell friends and family where you’re going and what you’re up to.
- Never go alone to meet anyone from Craig’s List or for any other purchase. If you want to buy from someone in this way, then agree to meet in a very public place — near a police station perhaps.
Well, I think that this is a great start!