1. Always park as close to the entrance as possible.
2. Park under a light, with the time change now it gets darker much faster than you realize.
3. Carry pepper spray with you. It’s legal in all 50 states.
4. Carry your purse on your person or place it deep in the cart, or fasten with the child safety strap.
5. Take a picture of your child before you head out. Hopefully you would never need it but you would have the most current photo possible if they were to go missing.
6. Don’t leave your children unattended in the cart while you shop.
7. Don’t allow your kids to go to the “toy isle” alone or any other department.
8. Teach your children if you get separated to stay where they are, you will find them.
9. Don’t leave your purse out in the cart while you fasten your kids in the car.
10. Make sure your kids are not wearing anything with their name on it. It makes it too easy for strangers to start a conversation.
11. Don’t encourage your children to talk with strangers while waiting in line. Strangers don’t need to know your child’s name and age.
12. Take kids and your purse into the fitting room with you if you have to use it.
13. Don’t allow your children to use a public restroom alone. Go with them or have them go in pairs and wait out the door.
14. Keep your distance from strangers in a parking lot trying to approach you with questions. We recommend 7-10 feet.
15. Keep all items in your car out of site. Put them in the trunk or under a cover in your car.
16. If someone attempts to a purse snatching, DO NOT FIGHT BACK! Let your purse go, it’s not worth your life.
The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD. Please visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.
Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women