With the seemingly increasing number of crimes against women, it only makes sense to be hawk-eyed when you are out in the street, all by yourself.
Whether it is a leisure trip or you are traveling back home late from work, your safety should be your first priority. We spoke to many readers who travel alone frequently and at odd hours of the night, and they shared with us the mistakes to avoid when you are traveling alone at night.
Steer Clear Of Deserted Places
Trouble comes without a notice, and out of nowhere. Whether out in the sun or in the middle of the night, always, and by that we mean ALWAYS steer clear of deserted alleyways, streets or even shops, for that matter. Be amidst crowds, so that even if you are stuck, you can reach out for help.
Never Trust Strangers
Unless you want to land in trouble, trust no one. Usually, women tend to assume that other women are safe and feel comfortable conversing with them. This has to stop. There are evil eyes that take this mentality for granted and lure you into trouble. Making friends while you’re traveling alone should be the last thing on your mind. Look friendly, but stay alert.
Don’t Travel Carefree
It would take someone as dumb as a bag of hammers to overlook this. But since you are smart, we expect you to follow this religiously. The minute you leave office or whichever location you are, keep someone – friend or family – informed of your whereabouts. It takes only 30 seconds to stay connected. Traveling carefree can get you into unpleasant situations.
Avoid Wearing Flashy Clothes Or Accessories
If you are leaving late from work or a party, especially in the night, you do not want to attract unnecessary attention; you want to do exact opposite of that. Stash away the expensive jewellery, watches, and other valuables. Do your clothes look like they may stir unwanted attention? Change away before you step out in the open. You do not want to get mugged and left stranded, right?
Do Not Board Unregistered Vehicle
We bet 90% of us do this each day. In a hurry, we board the first vehicle that agrees to transport us to our destination. When you are traveling alone, this is a clear non-negotiable no-no. You do NOT get into a vehicle that is not registered. Also, make a note of the vehicle and driver details. In this case, avoid asking the driver; there is a possibility he might give you incorrect details. Look for the cab-driver identification card and get the details. Keep someone informed about it.
Not Knowing The Essentials
C’mon guys, do we really need to highlight this? Have a list of emergency police contact numbers saved on your phone. Some NGOs work around the clock for your safety. Have their numbers handy. And it wouldn’t hurt to know some physical self-defense tactics, just in case. Enroll yourself so you are prepared for the unwanted times.
It doesn’t take more than few conscious steps to ensure your safety. Remember to avoid these mistakes when you are traveling alone at night and do also educate those around you. A well-prepared mind has won half the battle already.