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TRICK-OR-TROUBLE: 10 HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Halloween

It’s not just the trick or treating that makes Halloween fun for me – it’s also my birthday! My husband is one of the few men that can say he’s married to a real “witch” and get away with it!

As a child, I spent my birthdays trick or treating; and as an adult walking with the kids as they went door-to-door. The number one rule for us was only going to houses that had their lights on.

Well, times have definitely changed and I want to share some safety tips with you that you may have not considered.

  1. When picking a costume with a mask check the following:
  • Can you easily see out of it?
  • Can it be quickly removed?
  • Is it well ventilated for easy breathing?
  1. Does your costume have a bottom?
  • Is it easy to walk in?
  • If it’s adult costume, can you drive in it?
  1. Before you head out knocking on doors take time to check the national sex offender registry for your neighborhood.
  • Most local city & county agencies have this information available.
  • Avoid these homes
  • If you know a home is registered to a sex offender & they have lights on and decorations out, report them to local authorities immediately!
  1. Parents always carry a flashlight & peppers spray with you.
  2. If kids are uncomfortable going to a house because it looks too spooky, walk up with them.
  3. Never enter anyone’s home to accept candy even if it’s just for a minute. Always wait outside.
  1. Respect people’s personal space and don’t let anyone within your personal space.
    • Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean it’s ok to walk up to just anyone.
    • If you are uncomfortable be sure to keep your distance or ask that person to step back.
  1. Be mindful/respectful of what time it is.
    • If it’s 10:00 pm & the trick or treaters are long gone, don’t open your door to a random.
  1. ALWAYS walk in groups or pairs. It’s never safe to walk alone.
  2. Check all candy/items before eating them.
  • Only eat factory wrapped candy.
  • If a piece of candy looks questionable, throw it away!

For more information about Simple Self Defense for Women® Guest Speaking, Workshops, DVD’s, Security Products or how to bring us to your campus visit www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com

Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women®

What You & Your Daughter Need To Know About Campus Safety

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(Image: Patrick Faricy)

Do you remember taking your daughter for the first day of kindergarten? (I do – and I even remember what she was wearing.) The next thing you know, you are taking her for senior pictures and wondering what she was going to wear to the prom. Now, you’re packing boxes and worrying as your daughter heads off to her first semester at college.

We have spent our whole life teaching them right from wrong, helping them make important decisions and, most importantly, keeping them safe! Now it’s all up to them, let’s hope they have been listening. Since you still have that drive to set up the dorm room, I thought I would share some extra safety tips that you can talk about on the way.

  1. First things first… Get to know your dorm resident assistant (RA). She will be familiar with all of the important things you need. Don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions. They are a good source of information and should be discussing dorm room safety to the students.
  2. Did you know that the first six weeks for a college freshman are considered the “rape red zone?” This is because it may be the first time your daughter is on her own, she’s not really sure who she can or can’t trust; meeting new friends and attending college parties where there may be alcohol and drugs. It’s extremely important for her to know how to avoid, prevent and ESCAPE if she is faced with a dangerous situation. We have taught personal safety to thousands of women; and the common theme among previous victims is “I should have known, I knew not to do that bit I did it anyway!” We say this all the time but it’s worth repeating…TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. Women have amazing intuition, and we need to listen to it! If it does not feel right, it is not!
  3. If you have an opportunity to pick your roommates, try to pick friends or girls you are familiar with. Rooming with someone who isn’t a friend? Talk with other people that may know them, or check them out online. Look at their FaceBook, Instagram  and Twitter page. If you are not comfortable with the choice, ask for a different roommate and or run a background check online.
  4. If allowed, change the locks when you move in and add a deadbolt or chain lock for additional security. If staying off campus try to stay in a gated community that has an alarm system (changing the code when you move in). Look for places that are well lit, and talk with the neighbors about any recent crimes. You can even add a portable doorstop alarm inside your room at the door for personal safety.
  5. Before you head out check the location finder on campus -it will help you know what stores and restaurants are nearby and student-friendly. Never go out anywhere alone! Always try to go in groups, only go with people who are close friends and stay together whenever possible. If you are breaking from the group make sure someone knows as much as you do about the person you are going with. Best friends lookout for each other!
  6. Try to take a taxi or bus, as a group. If you find a taxi driver who is reliable and you are comfortable with. Keep their number in your cell phone and try to use him each time. This will allow you door to door service and avoid any potential for DUI’s.
  7. If you have a car, never walk to your car alone! Same applies if you have a dog – never walk them alone at night. They make you feel safer; but you could still be a target.

For more information about Simple Self Defense for Women® Guest Speaking, Workshops, DVD’s, Security Products or how to bring us to your campus visit www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com

Tracy & Charley Vega, Co-Founders- Simple Self Defense for Women®

Protecting Your Purse: 8 Must-Know Safety Tips

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You might call it your handbag, pocketbook or perhaps your purse. Whatever you call it, it’s likely where you keep your wallet, debit card, cell phone, driver’s license, car/house keys and many other of your very personal items. Talk about the weight of the world on your shoulders! So, let’s talk about some helpful safety tips for those all-important accessories you carry with you everywhere!

  1. ALWAYS zip, snap or button your purse! Don’t leave it hanging open so everyone can see what’s inside. It leaves you vulnerable to a pick pocket.
  2. NEVER leave your purse unattended! Thieves only need a few seconds! If you can’t see it, then you can’t see the person who might be rummaging through it or trying to steal it.
  3. At the grocery store: Secure your purse with the baby strap, or place it at the bottom of the cart placing groceries over and around it. Don’t make it easy for a snatch and grab! If you aren’t comfortable leaving it in the cart, keep it on your shoulder.
  4. When loading your car: Open the passenger door, place your purse on the floor take the keys and lock the door before you continue.
  5. Staying at a hotel? Use the safe if they have one or take it with you. Never leave it in the room unattended.
  6. If you like to keep your purse on the seat next to you in the car, then hook it through the seatbelt. It creates an extra step for someone trying to reach in the window and steal it and it will keep it secure if you need to stop in a hurry.
  7. Avoid hanging your purse on the back of the restroom stall doors. It’s too easy for someone to reach over and snatch it while your “occupied.”
  8. Minimize what you carry in your purse. Don’t carry your birth certificate, you marriage license, grandma’s favorite cookie recipe and so on!

The eight tips above were all good prevention habits when it comes to purse safety. The last tip is the most important!  If you find yourself the victim of a purse snatching, LET IT GO! You heard me; there’s nothing in there that is worth your life. Women have been beaten, dragged behind cars, and killed for their purse. Your instincts will be to fight, because you don’t want to be a victim; but I am still going to tell you to LET IT GO!

More safety tips can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women® DVD and web site www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com

Women and Cars: 6 Must-Know Personal Safety Tips

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My husband always says I remind him of a scene from the movie “My Cousin Vinny.”  Marisa Tomei says her “uncle is a mechanic, her brother is a mechanic”; and, for me in addition to that, my father and grandfather were also a mechanics that owned a Gulf station back in the day.  So, I am familiar with good automotive maintenance habits and the personal safety aspect that goes along with them.  When you read these, you are going to think “I knew that.”  But are you doing these?

  1. Do you have a handheld garage door opener on your sun visor?  Remove it, before you leave your car with a mechanic.
  2. Don’t leave your whole key ring, when you drop off your car.  Only leave the ignition key and fob.  (Remember to take your pepper spray off your key ring.)
  3. Never program your home address, in your GPS system.  Instead, use an address of a nearby shopping center.  If you have a portable GPS, remove it from your car before leaving it.
  4. Always remove mail, paperwork and personal belongings, before dropping your car off for service.
  5. Check the air in your spare tire, regularly.  Having a flat tire is troublesome enough; you don’t want to put yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, by not having a useful spare.
  6. Keep a flashlight in your car that is easily accessible, in case of emergency.

 

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

8 Things Women Should Know About Public Restroom Safety

Public Restroom

Ladies, how many public restrooms do you think you’ve visited since you were a little girl? For me, I would have to say it’s been thousands! Patiently, we stand with our arms (and legs) crossed waiting for our turn and hoping that when we finally get there that the stall door will lock. (If we are really lucky, there might be even be a little square left for us to use.) This is usually the case when we are in high traffic areas or busy venues.

Occasionally, we will find ourselves faced with a walk down a long hall to a restroom where there is nobody waiting in line and 10-25 stalls to choose from. Seems like a dream come true right? I guess it could be… You get to pick whatever stall you want, and there is plenty of toilet paper (providing you can manage that spare tire roll they call toilet paper).

The disadvantage to this very empty restroom is your personal safety. Here are 8 tips to keep you safe.

1. Walk with your pepper spray in your hand.

2. If possible try to use a “family stall.”

  • Usually this is a standalone restroom.
  • They are located just outside the entrance of the large row of stalls.
  • They have a full size locking door so nobody else can enter.

3. If the family stall is unavailable, use the cleanest stall closest to the main entrance.

4. Always glance under the door first to see if the stall is already occupied.

5. Push it the door open & look inside before you enter.

6. Make sure the door to your stall moves freely; there are no gaps & the door securely locks.

7. If the purse hook is located high on the back of the stall door, consider keeping your purse on your shoulder instead. You don’t want someone reaching over to steal it.

8. If you are in an extreme remote location listen for others that might enter the restroom while you are in the stall.

  • Does it sound like another woman?
  • Is she with someone?
  • Did she go into a stall?

This is a safety 101 reminder…  Always try to walk in pairs, let someone know where you are going, and most importantly –Trust Your Instincts!

The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD. Please visit www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue: When It Comes to Valentine’s Safety Would You Know What to Do?

Valentine's Safety

Safety is probably the last thing on your mind as you pick out your perfect red outfit, matching heels and jewelry.  After all, Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love and romance!  Many may receive the perfect proposal, others will walk down the aisle and unfortunately some may become the victim of a potential threat or attack.  Let us remind you of some simple safety tip,s before you head out on cupid’s special day.

  1. You may not have all the details about your date; but, tell someone close to you as much information as you can.  Details such as your date’s name, what kind of car they drive, and what time they are picking you up. These can all be very important details, in case something goes wrong.
  2. Keep your drink in your possession, or cover it if you have to walk away. If you are suspicious about it for any reason, ask for another. Only you know how much liquor you can handle. Be sure to stop, before you have had too much.
  3. Remember that it’s ok to say NO to anything that is making you uncomfortable.
  4. Always have your pepper spray with you. No excuses – it will fit in the tiniest purse. Remember it’s legal in all 50 states!
  5. Most importantly, trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Remember: A couple seconds of something bad happening to you will change the rest of your life.

For additional safety tips or to have us as a guest speaker or conduct a workshop visit our website: www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com

Remember, safety can be simple!

Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women

Know Before You Go – 8 Personal Safety Tips for Running at Night

Night Jogger

Thinking about taking up running, as one of your New Year’s Resolutions? It doesn’t matter if you are running in the middle of the day or at night; you need to take precautions. Runners like to get into their “zone” and block out the all the distractions around them. Here are 8 must-know before you go simple tips, to help keep you safe while you stay in shape.

  1. Always tell someone where you are going, what route you are taking and what time you expect to return. Planning the safest possible route in advance is extremely important.
  2. Try to run in pairs or with a friend.  Although this may not always be possible, I’m sure you remember the old saying about “safety in numbers”, well it’s true!
  3. Carry pepper-spray with you at all times. Put it on a lanyard around your neck or tuck in your sports bra. It’s inexpensive, quick, easy and very effective against single or multiple attackers.  Just point it at someone is a great deterrent if necessary.
  4. Bad guys are looking for easy targets. Leave one ear free from your radio, iPod, etc…  We get so caught up in our personal electronics that we are walking in front of cars and into bad situations. You need to hear if someone is approaching you.
  5. Carry a small light weight flashlight, wear light colored clothing and/or be sure that you have reflective material on your outfit or your shoes. Also consider the elements when you are running.  You don’t to be over or under dressed.
  6. Try to run in well-lit, high-traveled areas. You are less likely to be a victim while in a crowded area; and, if for some reason you need assistance, there would likely be someone around to help you.
  7. Don’t allow anyone to approach you. Keep your personal space of 7-10 feet. Often times, bad guys will try to strike up a conversation with you in order to get closer, leaving you little or no time to react.
  8. This probably goes without saying, but always keep your cell phone within easy access you, with 911 as a speed dial.

For more personal safety tips and information about us please visit www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com

 

Tracy & Charley Vega, Co-Founders

Simple Self Defense for Women®