Personal Safety Advice For Women

A friend shared about personal safety especially for women with me after attending a talk conducted by Capten Balasubramaniam, an expert on rescue and survival matters. Capten Balasubramaniam has appeared on television and radio talk shows, as well as local newspapers. Here are his advice for personal safety when you are at various location :

At the car park :

do not walk towards your car. walk towards the next car or the car opposite.
do lock your car immediately you get in and drive off asap,. ie don't check your phone,your makeup etc

use your ring finger to key in your pin as the rest of the fingers will cover the keypad.
do not count your money at the atm. afterall its not going to give you what it owes to you.

In a taxi:
pretend to make a phone call to your fren/husband informing them where you are, what time you are expected, colour of taxi, taxi no etc. you must of course talk within earshot of the driver.
If you live alone:

do get some men's clothings and shoes. hang them out with your own laundry! leave the men's shoes outside your house.
do leave radio/TV on.
do be suspicious if you receive calls that seem to have got the wrong number.
If you have husbands who travel regularly :

do drive his car when he is not around as opportunists will notice that his car is dusty and in the same spot for many days.
If you have children tell them :

never to post fotos of your new car on facebook.
never to reveal that they are home alone or parents are away.

Also, get the telephone number of the police station in your area and  list it as the first number in your phone contact list rather than list it under P. calling 999 in an emergency will be a futile attempt.

Safety Gadgets:

1.keeping a  loudhailer at home would be more effective than screaming and shouting for help in an emergency.
2.install sensor lights
3.pepper spray. But, they have a shelf life. so you must check the expiry date otherwise it will fail you when you need to use it!

Capt. Bala recommends that pepper sprays must be
            a. water based
            b. must be US made with finger ring on the bottom
            c. must have double casing.

4. alarm padlocks. (dont ask me where to buy)
5. throw some thumb tacks up the opening in the ceiling (what do you call that??) for those who live in link houses.

If you are ever so unfortunate to have your bag snatched, do not struggle with the assailant. Let go and do not chase after them.neither should your husband/boyfriend/son.

When you drop your friend/loved ones home, esp those who live in apartments, get them to text you once they are inside the safety of  their homes. I think we should drill this in to our sons who drop off  their girlfriends!


It is true to say that, "Prevention is always better than cure", but what if you are being attacked, despite all the safety precautions you have taken ?  Then, what you need is some self-defence techniques :

What Can I Do When I Am Being Attacked ?

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