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Security measures every woman should learn
In this day and age, it is no longer safe for a woman to venture out without a companion, and this is the unfortunate reality that we live in.  Our society has become increasingly hostile in which the fear of crime is so prevalent. However that being said, there are also steps in which we can take to prevent ourselves from being the next crime statistic.
Below are the top 7 safety basics every woman should recognise.

#1 Awareness

This is every woman's first line of defence. When women think of self defence, likely the first thing that comes to mind is to yield out punches and kicking the assailant's groin — however the right self-defence starts way before any actual physical contact. The principal rule in self defense is awareness - awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker's likely strategies.
In almost all situations, the attacker's primary approach is to use the element of surprise. Studies have revealed that criminals are smart at targeting victims who appear to be unaware of what is going on around them. By being aware of your surroundings and projecting a confident and forward demeanour, you'll protect yourself from being a victim of crime.

#2 Trust your instinct
Believe it or not, your intuition is a powerful subconscious reaction to people and situations. What we normally refer to as sixth sense, this gut feeling that most woman have are frequently ignored. The next time you feel unsafe with a person or in a situation, walk away immediately — your instinct is probably right; telling you that you are not in a secure environment.

#3 Home security
Rule of thumb: Never ever leave your doors or gates open unattended and don't open your house to anyone unless you are certain you know who's on the other side or can verify that they have a legitimate reason for being there (dressing up as a maintenance person or even a police officer is one trick criminals often employ). Take a cue from the movie, Panic Room - have a safe room in your house where you can escape to in the event of a hostile invasion. The room should be fitted with a strong door, deadbolt lock, phone (preferably cell phone), self defence aids or fire extinguisher.

#4 Avoid carjacking
Carjacking has become one of the most rampant crimes in Malaysia — occurring mainly when vehicles are stopped at intersections. The criminals usually approach at a 45-degree angle (at the blind spot), and either pull you out of the driver's seat or jump directly into the passenger's seat. Always make sure all doors are locked and windows up when you are driving.

#5 Self defence aids
Most women probably have a small canister of pepper spray stashed in their bags. However there are advantages and disadvantages of using it. Although this method of self defense is somewhat useful, it is also important for you to know that there can be considerable negative effects to its use. One significant point to take note; 15-20% of people are not affected by pepper sprays, even by a full-face spray. Also if it's in your handbag, it is likely you will waste more time fumbling for it. This will clearly expose your intentions to your attackers, giving them a chance to strategise their attack on you. Always trust your body and your common sense which you can always depend on in the event of an attack instead of utilising any self-defence tool or weapon to stop an attacker, lest it backfires on you.

#6 Cyberspace safety
Internet is definitely no stranger to the modern women. While the internet is filled with all things informative and engaging, dangers lurk on cyberspace as well. When communicating online, always practice caution and keep all personal information such as your home address and contact numbers private. When chatting on an online public forum, always use a pseudonym and don't be easily fooled by strangers you speak to on the internet. Educate your family members to do the same as well.

#7 Travel hint
It has been reported that crimes against women often occur primarily in hotels, and regardless of its status or reputation. Assailants may pose as a hotel employee, force their way through an open or unlocked door, or even obtain a pass key to the room. Similar to practicing home safety, you should also never open the door unless you are sure the other person on the other side is someone you know or have rightful reason to be there. This might sound peculiar, but it is also good to carry a door stopper when you are staying in a hotel alone. It can be an added security measure as it works as a strong support to the door aside from the standard door latch and lock

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