How to Stay Safe Walking Home at Night
Walking at night, especially on your own, can be a huge security risk. Crime in many parts of the world is common and there’s no better time for burglars and thieves to target you than at night.
But even then, we also know that even if you want to, there’s no way you will be home by 7 PM every day.
Sometimes, you may run late and walk those city streets and alleys in the cover of darkness as you try to get home or wherever you are going. Well, you don’t need to worry.
There are some steps you can take to make sure that you are safe even in the midst of the dark. Read on for more!
- Always Keep Your Head Up
Awareness is very important when you are walking alone at night. You want to be able to anticipate any danger or any problem, before it happens.
In that case, walk with your head up and look straight forward. Don’t look down and most importantly, please keep your phone away until you get home.
The last thing you want is to be distracted. Walking with your head up gives you a wide field of view. This allows you to properly survey your surroundings and gather intel as you walk. Eventually, if there’s something suspicious up ahead, you will be able to notice it faster and sooner.
- Plan Your Route
You will also need to make sure you know how to get home if you are running late. As you can probably guess, there are certain streets and roads that are far safer than others.
It could be probably because they are well lit or they tend to be busy all night. These are the routes you want to take.
You could even hire a professional private investigator to tell you the safest routes to take as you head home. This is going to reduce the overall risk significantly.
- Free Up Your Hands
It’s also important to make sure that if anything happens you are ready to react as fast as possible. Self-defence doesn’t complicated things as the movies would have you believe.
The ability to fend off any assailant depends on how quickly you can react and you will be able to do that only if your hands are free. In that case, put all your stuff in one bag and carry it on one hand or on your back. Be sure to keep your phone away too.
- Arm Yourself
Well, better safe than sorry, right? The streets at night can be dangerous so it makes sense that you would want to arm yourself before stepping out there. And I am not saying to get armed.
Simple stuff like pepper spray can be very effective weapons in fighting off any assailants if they attack. You can also carry a whistle with you in case you need to call for help.