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Learn ways to protect yourself from an assailant with these self-defense videos.
You Will Need
- A map
- Walking shoes
- A cell phone
- The right attitude
- A confident walk
- Trust in your instincts
- A cross-shoulder bag (optional)
Map out the day
Map out the day, literally. If you're headed for parts unknown, consult your map and write down directions. Take the map with you in case you need it again.
Dress for your adventure
Dress simply and wear comfortable walking shoes. Leave the jewelry at home. Pack a fully charged cell phone and slip extra money into a front pocket. Never put valuables in your back pocket.
Get an attitude
Prepare yourself mentally before you open your door to leave. Adopt an attitude that projects confidence.
Act the attitude
Act the attitude. Let the attitude show in how carry yourself. Walk briskly and with purpose. Put a little swagger into your step. And, for heaven's sake, don't pull out your map until you're in a store recess, out of view.
Always be aware of your surroundings
Stay on well-lit streets. Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. If your instincts give you a nudge, pay attention and move away.
Exercise caution on public transportation
Exercise caution when using public transportation. Sit near the driver on a bus and in the conductor's car on a train or subway, especially during off-peak hours.
Cross the street if someone's following you
Cross the street or change direction if you think someone is following you. If they continue to follow you, head for the nearest open store or restaurant, and don't be afraid to yell for help.
Don't forget to enjoy yourself. Now that you're armed with street smarts, you can take on the city.